The French company’s revival model – a true Porsche Cayman rival – has already been presented officially, but it’s still undergoing development testing, at the famous Nurburgring track, of course.
The spiritual successor of the Alpine A110 – still named A110 – was for the first time showcased in front of the live audience of the Geneva Motor Show this spring, powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters). The nimble sports coupe is hitting dealer lots in Europe this year, so the Frnech automaker is eager to get everything done in time, especially the all-important handling skills. The only oddity is the nice-looking marine camouflage layer, though the center-exit exhaust hasn’t been muffled at all and delivers the engine’s soundtrack.
Just like the original A110 that was sold between 1961 and 1977, the sports car balances power with lightweight construction. It will have a dry weight of mere 2,381 pounds (1,080 kilograms), so the lively turbocharged four-cylinder spearheads the coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds and then on to an electronically-governed top speed of 155 mph (249 kph). Modern to the backbone, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is delivering the power to the rear axle, and there are also programs to run the dynamics: Normal, Sport, and Track have an impact on the engine, gearbox, steering, stability control, and active exhaust setting.