It was way back in 2017 when the French sports car manufacturer Alpine was revived by Renault. With its revival, the famous A110 nameplate also made its return for a modern, low-slung sports car that can take on the likes of the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman.
But what if you wanted a bit more power out of the A110? Say no more as Alpine has revealed a more powerful variant of the sleek and sexy two-door, the A110S.
Serving as the latest addition to the lightweight sports car range, Alpine claimed they have refined and re-tweaked the two-seat sports car to deliver precise handling, as well as faster acceleration. It even gets subtle exterior upgrades, along with a bespoke interior finish that makes it stand out from the rest.
Making it distinct from the standard A110 are the neat touches of flag details on the rear-most pillars which are finished in carbon fiber and orange. Meanwhile, the Alpine lettering at the back is painted black for a meaner look. Also finished in black are the 18-inch GT alloy wheels which highlight the sportier nature of the A110S.
Inside, the blue stitching has been replaced with orange, which gives contrast to the relatively dark interior. The seats, roof lining, sun visors, and door panels, on the other hand, are upholstered in Dinamica. Other portions of the cabin like the leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals and footrest, and carbon fiber-orange trim pieces complete the sporty makeover. Did we mention that both seats come from Sabelt and they only weigh 13.1 kg a piece?
Powering the A110S is the familiar 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four. Unlike the standard A110 which already comes with 252 PS, the more powerful S version produces 292 PS thanks to an increase in turbo pressure. With it, the A110S can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, 0.1 second faster than standard. It also gets a higher top speed at 260 km/h (250 km/h only for the A110). Torque remains the same, however, as the engine still generates 320 Nm. Power is then sent to a seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission.
With the A110S only tipping the scales 1114 kg, the lightweight A110S has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.8 kg per horsepower (or 262 PS per ton). And depending on the driver's mood, the A110S can be set to three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Track.
As mentioned earlier, the A110S comes with sharper handling as Alpine was busy honing its chassis. It has stiffer coil springs, firmer anti-roll bars, and a unique set of dampers that are tuned for better road-holding capability. The ride height has been dropped by 4mm while Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires give the two-door improved grip. Finally, powerful Brembo brakes provide the A110S better stopping power.
Should ever Renault think about setting up shop in the Philippines, perhaps the A110 and A110S from Alpine will draw buyers that want something with flair and power rolled into one.