Categories: Geneva Motor Show

Official: Alpine A110 sports car revealed

Alpine A110

Renault has officially revealed the new Alpine A110 sports car, ahead of its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week. The new production car is the latest step in the rebirth of the famous Renault-owned Alpine brand.

No technical details are being revealed at this stage, but Renault has confirmed the new Alpine A110 will be constricted fully from aluminium – both the platform and upper body are made from it, for “optimum weight saving and agility”. All part of being an authentic ‘Berlinette’, says the brand.

Alpine A110

More specs will be revealed during the press conference at Geneva, scheduled for 1215h UK time on 7 March, meaning we can for now instead savour the images of Renault’s new sports car rival to the Porsche 718 Cayman and Audi TT. It’s clear from the images this is going to be a compact car; the front end has the classic Alpine face and its curves are a nice mix of modern and traditional: we love how the tail gently falls away, for example, and the wraparound rear screen is neat.

There’s some smart detailing at work. The classic Alpine round driving lamps have been reinterpreted with modern LEDs. The French flag in the rear pillar is cute and, behind it, cooling inlets for the engine reside. Also note the Alpine logo on the front wing and, at the rear, what looks like a substantial diffuser just poking out the bottom of the bumper.

As for its sports car credentials, it’ll be a mid-engined design, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, so hopes are high. There’s talk of 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds plus the sort of handling you expect from a Porsche rival – expect it to be more driver-focused than a TT, for example. Remember, the crack Renault Sport team will have been working hard on this…

We like the fact Renault has stuck with the traditional A110 name too, harking back to the 1961-1977 original. There was speculation this new car would carry the A120 name, but today’s announcement debunks that: A110 it is.

This car has had something of a complicated birth. It was back in 2012 when Renault first announced it was teaming up with British sports car maker Caterham to co-develop a new model. By 2014, Caterham was out, leaving Alpine to go it alone. In 2016, we saw the Alpine Vision concept, confirming they were making good progress: finally, at Geneva 2017, we’ll get to see the final production car.

Richard Aucock

I'm Managing Director at Motoring Research. I run a bit, cycle a bit, have a huge love for the automotive industry.

Published by
Richard Aucock
Tags: AlpineGeneva Motor ShowRenault Sport

Recent Posts

  • Car News

Vauxhall 2020 plans revealed – hello electric Corsa, goodbye Adam and Viva

Vauxhall intends to have an electric version of every single one of its cars on sale by 2024

41 mins ago
  • Car News

Porsche Taycan to use ‘never before seen’ battery tech

It will use technology from the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid

1 hour ago
  • Car News

Skoda Kodiaq GT is the Czech China-only Lamborghini Urus

Skoda's China-only coupe SUV definitely has something of the Urus about it. Something, not including that twin-turbo V8

13 hours ago
  • Car News

Bloodhound bleeding out: land-speed record project urgently seeks funding

The Bloodhound land-speed record project has gone into receivership and is seeking £25 million investment to see it through to…

14 hours ago
  • America
  • MSN Custom Autos

Would you buy this 1969 Chrysler Newport? We would

Like all good automotive folk, we are inveterate Craigslist car shoppers. Somewhere among the countless crummy compacts and myriad mirthless…

15 hours ago
  • Car News

Skoda Scala name confirmed for Czech Volkswagen Golf

Name confirmed for the hatch previewed by the Vision RS concept

17 hours ago