The internal combustion engine is living on borrowed time at Alpine’s HQ as the Renault-owned French brand has announced to transition to electric propulsion later this decade. Before the ICE disappears into oblivion, the A110 sports car with its Renault Megane RS-sourced turbocharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine mounted in the middle is getting a nip and tuck to fend off the Porsche Cayman.
Alpine is updating the nomenclature used for the trim levels as the base A110 Pure is now simply called the A110 while the former Legende is switching to the GT suffix. At the top of the range, the A110 S soldiers on with the same moniker, but packs an extra punch as it now offers 300 horsepower and 340 Newton-meters (251 pound-feet) of torque. That’s an additional 12 ponies and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) over its predecessor.
The flagship model needs 4.2 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill and it will keep on accelerating until 171 mph (275 km/h) with the limiter off. The stopping power comes from Brembo brakes with 320-mm discs at both axles, hugged by orange calipers hiding behind black 18-inch wheels. These come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires measuring 215/40 R18 front and 245/40 R18 rear.
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