Alpine unveils new Alpine A110S

Jun 14, 2019   Vehicle Launch

Assuming a position at the top of the Alpine line-up, the A110S is a lightweight coupe characterised by high engine power, a focused chassis setup and refined design elements.

Assuming a position at the top of the Alpine line-up, the A110S is a lightweight coupe characterised by high engine power, a focused chassis setup and refined design elements.

Sébastien Erphelin, Alpine Managing Director commented: “The A110S delivers an intense Alpine driving experience. From the very inception of the Alpine project it has been our intention to offer different versions of the A110 with handling and performance characteristics of their own.”

Chassis

  • Springs and anti-roll bars tuned for ultimate handling precision
  • Lowered ride height for optimised centre of gravity
  • Wider tyres with specific compound and construction.

From suspension setup to stability control calibration, and from wheel geometry to tyre construction and compound, the A110S’s chassis has been honed to deliver an intense driving experience.

At its core the A110S uses the same very lightweight and compact aluminium body structure as in any A110, but the unique configuration of the chassis has given the new version a distinct dynamic character. The new coil springs are stiffer by 50% and the dampers have been tuned accordingly. The anti-roll bars – hollow to minimise weight – are firmer by 100%.

New wheels and tyres (215mm on the front axle and 245mm at the rear) and a specific construction and compound for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres give the A110S great mechanical grip. The new tyres and the various chassis revisions ensure the A110S has a dynamic character of its own, both in theoretical terms and also in the way the car feels from behind the steering wheel.

Accordingly, the electronic stability control programme has been configured, particularly in Track mode, for ultimate precision and stability. The ESC system can still be fully disengaged.

Fitted as standard are the powerful Brembo brake calipers and 320mm bi-material discs that are optionally available on other versions of the A110.

Powertrain

  • 1.8-litre turbocharged engine with 292PS
  • Intense and characterful power delivery
  • Improved power-to-weight ratio.

With engine power increased by 40PS over existing versions of the A110, the A110S is the fastest and most powerful version in the range. The characterful 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine remains, but turbocharger boost pressure is increased by 0.4bar to deliver greater performance.

The peak power output of 292PS arrives at 6400rpm, some 400rpm higher up the rev range than the other versions ‘maximum power output. Torque is rated at 320Nm and is available from 2000rpm to 6400rpm which is 1400rpm higher than on the 252PS engine. Consequently, the A110S’s engine is not only more powerful, but also more thrilling in its delivery. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission. A brake-based e-differential system, meanwhile, ensures the A110S delivers very sharp and immediate drive away from a corner with minimal wheelspin.

The new horsepower figure means the A110S has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.8kg/PS, which compares favourably to the other versions’ 4.3kg/PS. It sprints to 100kph from standstill in 4.4 seconds.

Technical Data

Alpine A110S

Fuel type ……………………………… Petrol

Engine type …………………………… 1.8L 4cyl. 16v turbocharged

Maximum power ……………………… 292PS @ 6400rpm

Maximum torque………………………. 320Nm from 2000rpm to 6400rpm

Architecture ……………………………. mid-engined, rear-wheel drive

Gearbox type…………………………… 7-speed DCT, wet clutch

Unladen weight (DIN) …………………. 1114kg

Power to weight ratio…………………… 3.8kg/PS (262PS/tonne)

Dimensions……………………………… 4180/1798/1248mm (length/width/height)

Wheelbase……………………………… 2419mm

Track width front……………………….. 1556mm

Track width rear………………………… 1553mm

Chassis………………………………….. double wishbones front and rear

Brakes front…………………………….. 4 piston fixed caliper, 320mm discs

Brakes rear……………………………… single piston floating caliper, 320mm discs

Drag coefficient………………………… Cd: 0.32

Drag area……………………………….. Cd*A: 0.621 (A 1.94m²)

Fuel tank………………………………… 45 litres

Boot capacity front……………………… 96 litres

Boot capacity rear……………………… 100 litres

Wheels and tyres………………………. 215/40R18 (front), 245/40R18 (rear)

Top speed……………………………….. 260kph

Acceleration……………………………… 0-100kph (62mph) 4.4 seconds

Fuel consumption ……………………… pending homologation

Emissions..……………………………….. pending homologation

All versions of the A110 are built at Alpine’s factory in Dieppe, northern France. Originally constructed by Alpine-founder Rédélé in 1969 – it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – the site was modernised and upgraded for production of the new car. The A110 is today offered for sale in 16 markets globally, with 58 dealerships in Europe alone.

All versions of the sports car use seven-speed paddle shift dual-clutch transmissions that deliver almost instantaneous gearshifts. The common engine is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder unit with a turbocharger. In the A110 Première Edition, Pure and Légende this engine develops 252PS, while for the A110S that figure is increased by 40PS to 292PS. All versions of the A110 feature the same three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track.


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