New Alpine A110S- More focus & power - Ready to Spank the Cayman S?
One of the world's favourite sports cars of the past year - Alpine A110 - has gained a new range-topping variant dubbed the A110S. It sports a more focused handling set-up, more powerful drivetrain and a range of styling upgrades.... as well as a new price tag. The model is available to order now from £58,700
Most crucially the new model gets the one thing people really wanted from the A110 - more power. More specifically 39bhp more from the same 1.8-litre turbo-four this time with an extra 0.4 bar of boost.
This results in 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the regular A110 whilst top speed is set at 162mph.
However, it wouldn't be an Alpine if handling didn't take priority, as such the already pretty spectacular front & rear double wishbone suspension set-up got tweaked to offer a more focused drive. The front springs are now 50% stiffer and come with 'accordingly tuned dampers' while the now hollow anti-roll bars got a whopping 100% stiffer and the whole car sits 4mm lower than before.
Previously optional 320mm Brembo brakes now come as standard to help stop the new 18" forged alloy wheels shod in bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres measuring 215mm at the front and 245mm at the back. All this is backed up by a refined ESC system which is said to have the biggest impact in the Track Mode.
Optional carbon fibre roof shaves 1.9kg's, not much but considering it shaves it at the highest point of the car it helps to lower it's centre of gravity which can't be bad thing for body control and handling.
To clearly distinguish A110S from the rest of the range Alpine has introduced a series of styling changes, starting with all new Gris Tonnerre matte paint available exclusively for the 110S, it's combined with orange styling accents visible on the brake callipers and the C-Pillar french tricolour which now turned to orange and carbon fibre. The orange seems to refer to the Alpine LMP2 program which won the WEC Championship in 2016.
The orange theme continues inside with more once tricolour flags now turning orange and carbon fibre, most of the once blue stitching gets the orange treatment too as does the 12 'o'clock marker on the steering wheel. The roof lining, door panels, sun visors and super light Sabelt sports seats and steering wheel are trimmed in Dinamica, a synthetic suede-like material not too different from Alcantara. The seats and steering wheel mixing the new material with more contemporary leather.
What do you think? Is this enough for the A110 to go against the Porsche Cayman S? It's still lower on power but edges the Cayman S on power to weight ratio, with 3.9kg per BHP compared to Caymans 4.0kg per BHP. Meanwhile, the already pretty good (but quite soft for its class) suspension is now even better. Price wise the Alpine A110S is just under £3000 more expensive than the Cayman S with PDK gearbox which starts at £55,746.
Having experienced the A110 in 'Legende' spec I got to say the A110S looks like a fantastic option for those wishing for more focused track machine rather than a day to day mini Grand Tourer. The only thing I'm not sure of is the replacement of the French Tricolour in favour of the orange and carbon flags, the former added style and character to the car and the letter just kind of look cool.