Crikey! It’s the French rozzers with the Alpine A110

Drive to France at your peril

The French Gendarmerie - the National Police Force - is famously fierce when it comes to speeding, and we all remember that Clarkson and Hammond had to learn this the hard way.

Running away from the French rozzers will now be even more arduous because the Gendarmerie has just taken delivery of a fleet of 26 Alpine A110 Pure sports cars. This, according to the government, is part of a process of “rejuvenation and modernization”. Well, yes, they usually drive around in Peugeot hatchbacks or Renault Meganes so the Alpine is quite the upgrade.

The A110 Pure is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, delivering 249 hp and 236 lb-ft. It may not sound like much but the Alpine is light and agile, it can easily keep up with most miscreants with its top speed of 155 mph a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.

They could’ve ordered the more powerful (+40 hp) and faster (165 mph) S model but I guess they chose not to waste valuable taxpayers’ money… so they can waste it on something else.

Anyway, the Gendarmes are going to be using an Alpine-branded car for the second time in their history. Back in the 1960s, they used the original A110, fitted with police lights, radio equipment and sirens.

The French Ministry of the Interior released a statement: “These vehicles will allow the police to carry out interventions on the motorway, involving cars in violation at high speed, as part of road safety or judicial police missions (drug trafficking for example)”. Especially if Clarkson or Hammond are at the wheel.

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Comments (13)

  • Forbidden fruit here in the US.

    No one will get away from these. You don't lose cops in a straight line. You lose them in the turns!

    Can't run if this is behind you. They will never let off. Blast in a straight line at your own peril. More escapes are lost that way than any other. Just watch the videos. Twisties or bust, y'all. With this behind you just pull over and take your punishment.

      2 months ago
    • Even tuned, the A110 won't catch any run fast on the motorway tho. And we have some of them (drug trafficking) in big Audis.

        2 months ago
    • no matter how fast the criminals car, theres a saying in the UK 'you cant outrun motorola'. And its true. police used to (and maybe still do) use motorola radio systems. no matter how fast the car, you cant outrun radiowaves!

        2 months ago
  • This seems like it'd be good for catching and apprehending Blacklist 15 to 10 and no better than that.

      2 months ago
  • We need this to be featured in both FH5 and GT7 lolll

      2 months ago
  • I really like the Alpine, a small, sporty, good looking French sports car

      2 months ago
  • Clearly they have to go French and since this is the best French car on the normal side of a Chiron then it’s going to be one of these.

      2 months ago