The internal combustion engine lives on time borrowed from Alpine headquarters as the French-owned Renault brand announced the transition to electric propulsion later this decade. Before the ICE faded into oblivion, the A110 sports car with its mid-mounted Renault Megane RS 1.8-liter turbocharged petrol engine got pinched to push the Porsche Cayman back.
Alpine updates the nomenclature used for trim levels as the base A110 Pure is now simply called A110 while the old Legende changes to the GT suffix. At the top of the lineup, the A110 S continues with the same moniker, but packs an extra punch as it now delivers 300 horsepower and 340 Newton-meters (251 pound-feet) of torque. That’s 12 more ponies and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) compared to its predecessor.
The flagship model takes 4.2 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km / h) from standstill and it will continue to accelerate to 171 mph (275 km / h) with the limiter turned off. Stopping power comes from Brembo brakes with 320mm rotors on both axles, surrounded by orange calipers hidden behind black 18-inch wheels. These are packaged in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires measuring 215/40 R18 at the front and 245/40 R18 at the rear.
The Alpine A110 S benefits from a stiffer chassis and suspension for more precise handling and it also has a sports exhaust system. Depending on the level of equipment, it weighs between 1,102 and 1,140 kilograms (2,429 to 2,513 pounds).
Descending further down the pecking order, the A110 GT gets the same upgraded engine and performance as the S, but offers more equipment to live up to its grand touring nature. You benefit from adjustable comfort seats wrapped in leather, a front and rear parking assistant (with camera). The chassis and suspension are designed for a smoother ride and the vehicle is also slightly heavier, tipping the scales from 1,119 to 1,140 kg (2,467 to 2,513 lb).
If you’d rather stick with the base model, its four-cylinder mill produces 252 hp and 320 Nm (235 lb-ft) or 48 hp and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) less than the other two. It will still sprint in four and a half seconds, making it only 0.3s slower than the hotter GTs and Ss. This one has 17-inch smaller wheels and weighs 1,102 to 1,140 kilograms (2,429 to 2,513 pounds). You still get the same grippy rubber as the more expensive trims, plus adjustable seats.
Whatever the choice, the Alpine A110 2022 gets a revised infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It still measures seven inches and comes with a pair of USB ports as well as Bluetooth. Later, the system will be enhanced with a live update to support Wi-Fi connectivity.
Available at home in France from December 1, the sports car will carry a starting price of € 59,500 for the A110, followed by the A110 GT at € 69,500 and the A110 S at € 71,500. For comparison, the entry-level Porsche Cayman starts at € 59,692 in France where the Cayman S sells from € 72,862.