The curvy design has vintages cues but there's nothing retro about the mechanical pieces underneath the revived A110.

After years in the making, Alpine is finally back on the road, and the product marking the brand’s return calls back to the firm’s past by reviving the A110 moniker. Arriving in parts of Europe in late 2017 and in the UK and Japan in 2018, the model aims to provide old-school driving enjoyment in a thoroughly modern package.

The new A110’s exterior references the original’s curvaceous look without being too retro. Swept back headlights and round driving lights dominate the low-slung front end. A steeply raked windshield and smooth rear provide an aerodynamic appearance. The semi-hidden intake just behind the doors is an especially attractive touch. While not visible to the owner, a flat floor and diffuser help manage air flow underneath the coupe.

2017 - Alpine A110 Live Genève
2017 - Alpine A110 Live Genève
2017 - Alpine A110 Live Genève
2017 - Alpine A110 Live Genève

At 1,080kg, the A110 is fairly light by modern standards. At 4,178mm, it measures about 254mm longer than the current Mazda MX-5 and weighs about the same as an example of the Japanese roadster with an automatic transmission.

A 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder sits behind the driver and produces 252hp and 236lb ft of torque. Alpine estimates the coupe can reach 62mph in 4.5 seconds. The company electronically limits the top speed to 155mph. The only available gearbox is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Normal, Sport, and Track driving modes let an owner tune the engine management, gearbox, steering, stability control, active exhaust setting, and driver display to their preferences.

 

2017 - Alpine A110 Live Genève

The new A110 launches with a Premiere Edition of 1,955 units that come loaded with standard equipment. These models have extras like 18-inch forged aluminium wheels with a matte black finish, a Focal stereo and leather-upholstered Sabelt-one-piece seats. Alpine expects prices for these examples to start at €58,500 (£50,700) in France. All left-hand drive A110 Premiere Editions already have reserved buyers, but there are still a few right-hand drive coupes available for the UK, according to the company. Don’t expect them to last very long now that the firm is showing off the revived A110 to the public. 

Source: Alpine

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