The Porsche-Cayman-fighter looks quite planted on the famous track.
The modern revival of the Alpine A110 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show packing a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters). The sports coupe arrives at European dealers late in 2017, so it's odd to see the French brand lapping a camouflaged example around the Nürburgring. The center-exit exhaust makes a pleasantly aggressive sound on the track.
Similar to the original A110 on the market from 1961 to 1977, the revived car eschews high power for being lightweight and nimble. The model tips the scales at just 2,381 pounds (1,080 kilograms). The turbocharged four-cylinder gets the coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph (249 kph). A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends the output to the rear wheels. Normal, Sport, and Track driving modes tweak the engine management, gearbox, steering, stability control, and active exhaust setting.
The modern A110 features a retro-inspired body that clearly evokes the original. Quad lights dominate the front end. A gently curving hood leads to a steeply raked windshield. The engine’s intakes are partially hidden just behind the doors. A flat floor and rear diffuser manages the vehicle's aerodynamics without resorting to a big wing for sticking it to the road.
Alpine is building a limited run of 1,955 examples of the A110 Premiere Edition at a price of 58,500 euros ($66,563 at current exchanges rates) in France. These vehicles come with leather-upholstered Sabelt-one-piece seats, 18-inch forged wheels, and a Focal stereo. All of these units already have reservations. Right-hand drive examples arrive in the United Kingdom and Japan in 2018. Folks in the United States shouldn't get too excited because there's no chance for the retro-modern coupe to arrive stateside.
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