Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed have been treated to an exclusive ogle at the new Alpine A110 as it makes its dynamic debut on the legendary hillclimb. And good news: it appears to be just as good at tearing up tarmac as it is attracting crowds on a motor show stand.
Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 252hp and 236lb ft of torque, the A110's 1,080kg kerb weight gives it a better power-to-weight ratio than its main German rival, the Porsche 718 Cayman. And, despite following the Porsche's four-cylinder lead, this video suggests it sounds pretty impressive too.
Paired with a dual-clutch gearbox, the turbocharged engine sends that horsepower to the rear wheels, taking the A110 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds – while top speed is limited to 155mph.
Production of the Alpine A110 is expected to begin early in 2018, with the Premier Edition limited to 1,955 examples (a nod to Alpine's year of birth) at a cost of €58,500 each in France. That's around £51,000 at current exchange rates. Highlights of the special edition include 18-inch Fuchs wheels, lightweight Sabelt leather seats and an upgraded stereo.
Right-hand-drive examples will make their way across to the UK later in 2018 with prices yet to be confirmed.
Source: Goodwood Festival of Speed