Alpine is back – officially – after years of showing us concepts and months of teasing for the production series model, the iconic A110 has a proper successor – aptly named… A110.
The hotly anticipated reinvention of the Alpine sports brand has finally entered the straight line – we now have a production model, set to appear in the metal in front of the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor Show. It uses the same iconic A110 nameplate, and thus the new sports car is clearly a direct successor and homage to the namesake model sold between 1961 and 1977 – with its eyes clearly set on the likes of Porsche’s Cayman. The modern yet retro-styled body shows it takes the mantle of the “Berlinette”, though everything within its competence is new.
The new A110 has a newly developed aluminum-intensive architecture, a completely flat floor and a rear diffuser to enhance aerodynamics and will keep weight in check by boasting things such as ultra-lightweight eats each tipping the scales at only 13.1 kilograms (28.8 pounds). By the way, while technical details aren’t complete yet, the rear-wheel-drive coupe is expected to tip the scales at a mere 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). In addition, Alpine hasn’t ushered a word about the powertrain – but we do know from earlier teasers it will sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in four and a half seconds. All details are expected to arrive on March 7 when the model will grace the Geneva show floor – with sales expected to commence before the year runs its course in “Premiere Edition” guise, that will see the first 1,995 units going for around €55,000 at home in France.