You can see hints of the original inside and out, plus it’s got maneuverability to match

The Alpine A110 from the late 1960s and early 70s was a fine vehicle, but the name was laid to rest a long time ago. That’s true up until 2012 when we first laid eyes on the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept. Since then, two other concepts have come and gone, with the Alpine Vision Concept of 2016 showcasing the closest representation of the production model that you see here. So what does the new A110 bring to the table? Well, to put it simply, it’s a heritage-filled sports car with stunning looks, a mid-engine configuration for a near-perfect weight distribution, a lightweight platform, and beautiful interior appointments that will keep this reborn sports car relevant and competitive for some time to come.

It all starts out with an aluminum platform and body that are bonded, riveted, and welded to help increase strength and rigidity. Because of the materials and assembly procedure, the car – without options – has a curb weight of just 2,380 pounds (1,080kg.) Like its predecessor from the 1960s, the new A110 is also ready to hit those windy, mountain roads thanks to the location of the engine, which brings an optimal weight distribution of 44 percent in the front and 56 percent in the rear. Pair that with the fuel tank being located up front and you have an exceptionally low center of gravity – perfect for stout maneuvers and spirited driving.

So, what can the Alpine do in the performance department? Well, I’m glad you asked. Renault Alpine managed to cram a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder above the rear axle that delivers a cool 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a Getrag, seven-speed, wet-clutch, DCT that has specially tuned gear ratios. With that curb weight of 2,380 pounds, this drivetrain setup will push this sexy little sports car up to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. And, it does so without the need for a spoiler thanks to strategic aerodynamics and a drag coefficient of just 0.32.

Suspension duties are handled by double wishbones front and rear which, according to Renault Alpine, offers a combination of “excellent handling performance” and “great ride comfort and daily usability.” To put that into perspective, the Porsche 911 with its 370-horsepower flat-six can hit the 60 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds.

Little has been said about the interior, but the model we’re looking at here is the Premiere edition. The few images we have showcase a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cross stitching, a leather wrapped floating center console, seats with a quilted stitching pattern, and a leather wrapped dash – all of which have blue contrast stitching that stands out against the black leather. The infotainment display floats in front of the center stack, just above a row of push buttons that control various features like the hazard lights, locks, etc. The seats themselves are of the racing variety and look to be compatible with five-point racing harnesses. They also feature an Alpine plaque fixed to the headrest and an embroidered “A” in the middle of the seatback.

All told, it’s a fine vehicle and, when you compare it to the model that precedes it, it’s clear that this thing is built with heritage in mind. Even the exterior design nods to the original A110 from the 60s with the recessed headlights, round driving lights in the nose, and the roofline that is unmistakably Alpine. It even has the wider lower body like its predecessor. So, with that said, let’s travel down the page and talk a little about the Premiere edition that is being offered and produced before other production models hit the assembly line.

Continue reading for the full story.

Premier Edition – A Truly Special Edition

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To be honest, the Premier Edition is the A110 model you really want, but for the most part, it is sold out minus a few RHD models for the U.K. and the models slated for Japan (reservation books to open soon.) But, those who were lucky enough to get on board early will get to choose from exterior colors that include Alpine Blue, Noir Profond, or Blank Solaire (black and white, respectively.) The car will ride on 18-inch Otto Fuchs aluminum wheels with a black diamond finish that will only be available on the Premiere Edition.

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Behind the wheels sits a performance braking system with dual-material brake discs and aluminum hubs. The rear calipers have an integrated parking brake. The engine feeds its exhaust through a lightweight active sports exhaust for excellent sound when you really get on it. Inside, the Premiere edition gets aluminum pedals, matte carbon fiber accents, quilted one-piece sports seats, special red, blue, and white badging, and an Alpine-tuned Focal audio system for musical bliss at any speed. Finally, the driver will be offered three different driving modes that include “normal,” “sport,” and “track.” Alpine didn’t go into details, but given the names, the function of each driving mode is pretty self-explanatory.

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Pricing for the Premier edition is set at €58,500 in France and 64,000 Swiss Frans in Switzerland. Those totals compute to $61,862 and $63,197, respectively, at current exchange rates. For the record, the Porsche 911, which offers near-identical performance, comes at a much higher, $89,400. Once the standard model goes into production, Porsche better watch out, because the Alpine A110 could be trying to take a piece of the pie.

Read our full review on the Renault Alpinehere.

Press Release

One year after the presentation of the Alpine Vision show car, Alpine revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show its production car: the new A110.

Combining the timeless Alpine principles of light weight, agility and performance, this mid-engined two-seater sports coupe is true to the spirit of its predecessors and in particular the A110 ‘Berlinette’. The new car will be built in the Alpine factory in Dieppe and deliveries will start late 2017 in Continental Europe. Deliveries in the UK and Japan will start in 2018.

Alpine is back to claim its position in the sports car segment, with only one promise: driving pleasure.

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A compact and lightweight sports car

The A110’s aluminium platform and body are bonded, riveted and welded to provide an exceptionally rigid yet light structure.

The A110 is ultra-light at only 1080kg kerb weight (excluding options). Its compact size (4178mm long, 1798mm wide and 1252mm high), optimal weight distribution (44% front/ 56% rear) and low centre of gravity are all dedicated to agility – especially on the type of winding mountain road that made Alpine’s reputation back in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Alpine’s mass is also concentrated around the centre of the car, with the fuel tank behind the front axle and the engine in front of the rear axle, enabling the driver to feel at one with the car.

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Excellent power-to-weight ratio

The A110 is equipped with a new 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Alpine’s engineers, together with Renault Sport, have customized this engine for Alpine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune. The engine has a maximum power output of 252hp and maximum torque of 320Nm. Combined with the low kerb weight of only 1080kg, the A110’s excellent power-to-weight ratio of 233hp:tonne enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in only 4.5 seconds.

The engine is mated to a Getrag 7-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox, with gear ratios specifically developed for Alpine to ensure optimal performance at all times. Aided by intensive use of fluid dynamics simulation, the lightweight, single exit active sports exhaust system in the A110 has been developed for performance and sound quality.

The A110 has three driver modes (Normal, Sport, Track) in which the engine and gearbox settings, steering, ESC, exhaust note and driver display are adapted to suit the driving conditions (and the driver’s mood).

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A flat floor worthy of a race car, tried and tested in the wind tunnel.

In search of a combination of sleek lines and excellent performance, Alpine’s engineers turned to the world of race cars and supercars to optimize the aerodynamics of the A110. With a completely flat floor and functional diffuser under the rear bumper, the A110 combines low drag with significant downforce.

This allows the A110 to reach an electronically limited 155mph top speed, while retaining a smooth ‘Alpine’ profile - without the need for a rear spoiler.

Air inlets in the front bumper create a curtain along the front wheel wells, improving air flow around the front wheels and hence reducing drag.

With a Cd value of only 0.32, the A110’s drag is among the lowest in the sports car segment.

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The A110 is highly modern yet immediately recognisable as an Alpine. It combines modern design language, materials and technologies with the efficiency of size, shape and profile that marked the original A110 Berlinette.

At the front, four independent full LED daytime running lights and the bonnet’s central ‘spine’ clearly show Alpine’s DNA.

The side profile shows the design’s efficiency – bodywork wrapped tightly around the technical parts to minimise footprint and maximize performance.

At the rear, ‘X’ shaped LED tail lights with dynamic turn indicators give the car a highly modern look, while the sloping, wrap-around rear screen reminds us of Alpine’s past models.

Inside the A110 minimalist, lightweight design merges with a welcoming, comfortable driving position. Top quality materials – smooth natural-grain leather, structural aluminium, carbon fibre – ensure a rewarding driver and passenger experience.

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The light weight of the A110, combined with double wishbones front and rear, provide a rare combination – excellent handling and performance while at the same time offering great ride comfort and daily usability.

Access and egress are designed to be easy, even in everyday use. Driver and passenger space will accommodate all shapes and sizes.

In short, the A110 is as at home in everyday driving as it is on the track.


In developing the A110, Alpine’s engineers and designers identified the best suppliers to ensure the best performance, fit & finish. Some examples:

Brembo developed the A110’s all-aluminium brake calipers. The rear brake system, specific to Alpine, features an integrated parking brake actuator, a world first, saving 2.5kg.
Otto Fuchs provided the 18-inch lightweight forged aluminium wheels on the A110, saving additional weight and offering a beautiful ‘open’ look
Sabelt developed one-piece bucket seats that weigh just 13.1kgs each, with no compromise on comfort.

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The Alpine A110 Première Edition is a numbered, limited edition production run of 1,955 cars. 1,955 refers to the year that Jean Rédélé launched Alpine.

The Première Edition is richly equipped including:

Alpine Blue, Noir Profond (black) or Blanc Solaire (white) paint
18-inch Otto Fuchs forged aluminium wheels, with matt black diamond turned finish specific to Première Edition
Three driver modes with ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings
Performance braking system with dual-material brake discs with aluminium hub and rear calipers incorporating integrated parking brake
Lightweight active sports exhaust
Alpine-tuned Focal audio system
Matte carbon fibre interior accents
Brushed aluminium pedals
Quilted smooth natural-grain leather Sabelt one-piece sports seats
’Tricolore’ blue, white and red badging inside and outside
…and a numbered ‘Première Edition’ plaque on the centre console.

In 2018, after the production run of Première Edition is completed, several A110 trim levels will be available, supplemented by a wide range of personalisation options.


Alpine has set its tentative recommended retail price for the Première Edition at

58,500 Euros TTC (VAT included) in France
64,000 Swiss Francs (VAT included) in Switzerland.

Final prices will be confirmed at the start of formal orders in mid-2017.

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Alpine opened reservations for its A110 Première Edition in December 2016 through the dedicated Alpine mobile App. All available left hand drive Première Edition cars were reserved in 5 days.

A small number of right hand drive cars remains for the United Kingdom market (deliveries will start in 2018), and reservations for the Japanese market will commence in the coming weeks.

The Alpine App remains open for reservations of the A110 production model that will be produced in 2018 after the deliveries of the A110 Première Edition are completed.


The A110 has been designed and engineered in France, in Groupe Renault’s Technocentre in Guyancourt and in Renault Sport’s engineering centre in Les Ulis.

All A110s will be manufactured in the Alpine factory in Dieppe – its historical and spiritual home.

The Dieppe factory was built in 1969 by Jean Rédélé, and it was here that all generations of Alpines were built since then. Since Alpine production halted in the 1990s, The Dieppe factory has been building Renault Sport and other niche models from Groupe Renault such as the Clio V6, the Espace and currently the Clio R.S. Additionally, the Dieppe factory assembles many of Renault’s customer racing cars such as the Formula Renault 2.0.

Dieppe’s experienced specialist staff have all the expertise needed to build an excellent sports car. The factory is completing a multi-million Euro investment including a highly automated new body assembly facility dedicated to the A110’s all-aluminium platform and body.

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