Road testers have said often commented that the delicious Alpine A110 needed more power. The French marque has responded and revealed this, the more powerful, sharper handling Alpine A110 S.
The heart of the matter is a breathed-on iteration of the A110’s 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo’d Renault engine producing 288bhp – up from 239bhp.
Torque remains the same at 236lb/ft – presumably the maximum amount of torque the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox can cope with. But that torque is now spread over more of the rev range, from 2,000rpm to 6,400rpm.
The extra power knocks 0.1secs off the 0-62mph time, down to 4.4secs. Top speed is quoted as 162mph.
The chassis has been thoroughly rejigged, as well. Tauter springs, dampers and anti-roll bars have been added. The ride height is 4mm lower.
New wheels wear bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Bigger, 320mm bi-material brake discs are clamped by four-piston Brembo calipers. The electronic stability control has been reworked to cope.
There are a number of detail trim changes to mark the A110 S out from its rangemates, including carbonfibre and Dinamica upholstery. A carbon roof is available as an option and cuts weight by 1.9kg. In standard form, the A110 S tips the scales at 1,114kg.
According to Alpine, the A110 S delivers “an intense driving experience and daily usability.”
Prices start around the £59,000 mark, a punchy number considering the Porsche 718 Cayman S is a few grand cheaper if less well equipped.
UK sales start later this year.
By Graham King