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      Launch year
      2017
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      Performance
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Sports car perfection, with provisos

Best bits

  • Brilliantly engaging, light and fun car to drive
  • Surprisingly economical if you’re not always in a hurry
  • It’s different, and demonstrates you’ve not just followed the sports car norm

Not so great

  • You’ll get in it and wonder if you’ve really spent just £50,000 on those interior plastics
  • If you want to carry anything more than a couple of squashy bags, forget it
  • For such a driver-focussed car the lack of a manual transmission is a clear oversight 

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Overall verdict

"Enthusiastic drivers of the world rejoiced when the first critiques of the A110 came back with raving reviews, this a sports car that harks back, not just visually, to a bygone age where driving was engaging and fun, without an emphasis on big power and ridiculous speeds."

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You pay for that with some compromises, but, to its core audience, they’re well worth it. A purist, old-school driving car, which you’ll have to be committed to live with, but the rewards are arguably worth it.


The Alpine A110, pronounced ‘Alpeen’ should you not know (which, frankly, you could be forgiven for) is a French sports car that was introduced to shake up the sports car market. Renault decided to revive a badge from its past, building a modern interpretation of the company’s most successful sports car, the Alpine A110.


Renault has long owned the company, and in either a masterstroke of brand revival, or mad moment of ill-considered motorsport nostalgia, decided to re-introduce it and take the fight to established sports cars brands. 


It’s not just the name that evokes Alpine’s illustrious motorsport past, but the shape of the A110, it echoes closely that of the original from the late 1960s. Compact, light and balanced, Alpine’s nod to the past is not only very deliberate, but it also bucks the trend for weightier, big power sports cars, to tremendous effect. 


The A110 is a car very much aimed at a purist driving enthusiast audience and Alpine has put tremendous effort into making it as light as possible. As such, the entry, Pure A110 weighs in at around 1100kg. That is hundreds of kilos less than the majority of its rivals. 


That low weight allows modest power, but no less scintillating performance. Indeed, no A110 is more powerful than 300PS, and the majority are 252PS, with the biggest output of 292PS reserved for the range-topping A110S. 


In all there is performance to rival, and better, some very good rivals. Any A110 will reach 62mph quicker than a standard specification Porsche Cayman S, for example, which is admirable given the power deficit, but while it impresses against the stopwatch, it’s in the corners where the Alpine really shines. 


We’re not sure whether it’s something in the water in France, or just childhoods being driven around in fine-riding Citroens, but French chassis engineers have an incredible knack of giving incredible driving engagement and chassis balance, allied to a supple comfort and ride that takes the edge off even our tortuously surfaced roads. 


To achieve that, while still offering the sort of feel and detail that demanding drivers demand really is a dark art, but it’s one that the people at Alpine have evidently mastered. 


A hugely entertaining driver’s car, then, but there is a pay-off to that. It’s not just the fact that most of your friends won’t have heard of the French sports car firm, or, perhaps rightly, wonder why you didn’t just buy a Porsche like everyone else does. 


Whether they’d be right is down to what you want from your near £50,000 sports car. Yes, gulp, that’s £50,000. If you want useable performance, huge entertainment at road speeds and the sort of rich feel that’s lacking in most of its competition, then step this way. 


If you want an interior and infotainment befitting of that not insignificant outlay, or indeed the sort of practicality that might make it a daily driving proposition rather than an occasional plaything, then you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you’ve gotten this far (well done) you’re obviously interested, so, read on… 


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Alpine A110

1.8L Turbo Premiere Edition 2dr DCT

  • 2018
  • 397 miles
  • Gravells Renault And Dacia Kidwelly
  • Carmarthenshire, SA174TF
Price:£51,995
HP: £1,415.25/mo

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Alpine A110

1.8L Turbo Premiere Edition 2dr DCT

  • 2018
  • 4,903 miles
  • Martins Group Alpine Winchester
  • Hampshire, SO237SL
Price:£44,995
PCP: £616.69/mo

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Is the Alpine A110 right for you?

If Monte Carlo is about rallying to you and not casinos, then why aren’t you already out driving your A110? You value your driving, relish it, even, and you don’t want a Porsche Cayman – because that’s what everyone buys. You’d consider an Audi TT as too blunt a tool and you’ve probably owned a Lotus Elise haven’t you...


The A110 is fairly singular in its intent, it’s a car to enjoy driving in. You’ll not have the space or any of the practicality of something like a Ford Fiesta that it weighs less than, but you’ll happily put up with some compromises for the utter joy it brings. All that sound familiar? Then there’s an Alpine salesman who wants to meet you, desperately.    

What’s the best Alpine A110 model/engine to choose

As with many sports cars, it’s the most basic, cheapest one that is arguably the most appealing. Alpine offers the A110 in three trims, Pure, Legende and A110S, with the Pure and Legende doing with 252PS versions of the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the A110S getting a 292PS tune of the same Renault-sourced engine.


At a little over a tonne in weight the Pure and Legende’s output is more than adequate, allowing a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds. Indeed, the S only betters that by a scant 0.1 seconds and if you can notice that then you should consider being a racing driver for a living. 


All feature a seven-speed paddle-shifted twin-clutch automatic transmission and while you need to spend a bit of money on extras like a Sports Exhaust to experience the Pure model at its best, it’s still the one we’d recommend. 


The S, for all its bigger power actually denies the A110 of some of its core appeal, its tauter suspension and larger tyres robbing it of some of its finesse on the road, for little gain in actual real-world speed.   

What other cars are similar to the Alpine A110?

The Alpine A110 operates in a relatively narrow bandwidth, its focus on driver appeal. At one extreme end of the spectrum you could suggest very pure cars like Caterhams, Ariel Atoms and suchlike, even if the Alpine isn’t quite so extreme in its compromises. In reality it probably sits between something like a Lotus Elise and a Porsche Cayman, erring closer to the Porsche in concept, but more like the Lotus in execution.


Indeed, the A110 is a pretty difficult car to categorise, largely because it’s not directly comparable to anything else, even if its price and performance do make it sit alongside things like that Porsche, however comfortably or not. 

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