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The new Alpine A110 was recently unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The sports car is its maker’s response to the Porsche 718 Cayman.
So, should Porsche be worried about the new 718 rival from Renault‘s Alpine sports car brand in the form of the A110?
See the five key features of the Alpine A110 here to decide for yourself if it is indeed a worthy adversary to the Porsche 718:
The Alpine A110 is a mid-engined sports car. It houses a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The output of the unit is 249 hp with 320 Nm of torque. The power is directed to the rear wheels and distributed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The Alpine A110’s engine output may be lower than the Cayman S by around 50 hp. However, thanks to the lighter body of the A110, it can outrun the Cayman S from a zero to 62 mph sprint.
Alpine claimed that its sports car can achieve that kind of run in just 4.5 seconds. Then its top speed can reach up to 155 mph.
The A110 carries the styling found in the Alpine Vision Concept that came out in 2016. Based on the photos of the A110 and the Vision Concept, everything seems to be similar in the design of the two. The lighting system appears to be updated to incorporate the latest tech of Alpine plus the wheels offer a new look though.
The A110 has that retro-futuristic approach in its design. It still possesses the classy A110 “Berlinette” genes but it combines with it a 21st century detailing found in its concept version.
The A110 gets a mix of high-end leather, aluminum and carbon fiber trim in its interior surfaces. The materials used and layout of it its seats, dashboard, controls, steering wheel, foot pedals and other parts inside once again follow the car’s concept form last year.
The car is expected to arrive late this year or in the early part of 2018. Its starting price is estimated to be at least £60,000.
Photos of the Renault Alpine in Geneva
Check out the gallery below for the official pictures of the Renault Alpine at the 87th Geneva Motor Show:
The Renault Alpine won’t be coming to US shores. It will be strictly for the European market only, though how far into Europe, we still don’t know, too. If you will remember, in 2012, Alpine and Caterham partnered to develop a platform that can be used for future Renault Alpine and Caterham sports car.
While Caterham dropped the plans, Renault pushed through with it. The 2017 Renault Alpine is possibly the prototype for the sports car that’s about to come.
1. Identical To Alpine Vision And Celebration Concepts
Renault unveiled in the past couple of years two concepts—the Alpine Vision and the Celebration. The spy shots confirmed that the prototype looks very similar to these two concepts. The similarities can be seen on the lines on the hood, the headlight arrangement, and the tri-panels on the side windows.
This prototype is clearly reminiscent of the Alpine.
2. Might Be Called A120 Or AS1
There is still no confirmation, but there are rumors within the auto industry that the sports car will keep with the tradition and will call itself the A120 or the AS1. The A120 is a “throwback” to the Alpine A110 Berlinette that came out between 1961 and 1977.
3. Competition Is The Alfa Romeo 4C And Porsche 718 Cayman
What’s a sports car without competition? Renault’s Alpine sports car will have heavy competitions against the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche 718 Cayman. It is likely that it will have a rear-wheel drive that is paired with a turbocharged inline-4. It should be able to produce 270 horsepower that will allow it to go 0-60mph in under five seconds.
4. Production Will Be In France
Unfortunately, not only is the production going to be in France alone, this won’t also be shipped to the US. Renault’s Dieppe plant in the north of France was recently retooled to be able to handle the assembly of the chassis and body of the Alpine sports car.
There is little we know about the new Alpine Sports Car from Renault, other than from the fact that it will resemble the Alpine Vision concept car we had earlier this year. Those who are big Renault fans can blindly order this sports car with a deposit of £1,700 ($2,141).
According to Alpine’s website, the company is beginning to take orders for the sports car’s “premiere edition,” of which only 1,995 will be produced.
How To Order The Alpine Sports Car
It is slightly unconventional for a very traditional company like Renault to market and to promote their sports car like how they did the Alpine. To reserve the Alpine Sports Car, you need to download the Alpine app for your phone, then select your preferred number of the 1,995 being offered. That number will be unique and will appear on a plaque in the cabin when it gets delivered to you next year.
After this, you will have to choose a color—blue, white or black. The final stage is the payment process. You can choose to pay with either a debit or a credit card. There are no trim level selections and no alloy wheel options. That’s how basic the reservation will be.
What We Know So Far In Terms Of Engine Specs
Renault has not even revealed the top speed for the mid-engined sports car. What we do know is that it can go 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and that it is expected to pack a turbocharged 1.6-liter or 1.8-liter petrol engine, similar to what we can find under the hood of the Renault Clio RS hatchback.
Rumors said the Alpine Sports Car is going to be a rear-wheel drive, and will come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard. This is quite similar to the Alfa Romeo 4C. And like the 4C, the Alpine is going to offer lightweight as one of its benefits. It will be “fractionally” quicker than the Porsche 718 Cayman S, which packs the more powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine.
How Renault Hopes To Attract Customers
How can the French company expect to attract customers with no details whatsoever? The “alluring history” of Alpine brand and its exclusivity will hopefully make customers download the app and reserve their own Alpine numbers.