James May has a new addition to his garage. After driving an Alpine A110 on the Grand Tour, May bought one and now enjoys driving it regularly. In a new video for the Drivetribe chain on Youtube, he explains why he absolutely loves the French sports car in a very old-fashioned Top Gear style one-person review of the car.
In fact, Captain Slow says the A110 is not a sports car but a small-sized supercar, despite the four-cylinder engine. “The engine is behind your back, the handling is very dashing, the luggage capacity is very low, the visibility to the rear is extremely compromised” – you have every reason to describe any car with qualities such as a supercar . It’s almost the same experience you get in a McLaren, says May.
As a reminder, in non-S form, the A110 has a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine good for 249 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) of torque. James May finds this outlet more than adequate for the weight of the car, and he particularly seems to like the fact that it “feels a lot narrower than a full-size supercar.”
Something James May doesn’t like about the A110? While he likes Renault’s flagship sports car from the side profile, he finds it a bit lackluster from the front. “The problem, I think, is that the design language of over 50 years ago does not correspond very well to modern requirements and legislation such as impact resistance, pedestrian protection, the height at which the headlights must be above the ground. “
One thing we particularly like about James May’s final conclusion is that it sums up perfectly how modern cars should be built. Lower weight and smaller dimensions mean “less impact in every sense of the word.” We cannot agree more.