Alpine Unveiled

Renault delivers its all-new Cayman rival, the Alpine A110

RENAULT WILL jump in the ring with Porsche and Lotus when its A110 hits the market next year.

Coming from its revived Alpine brand, the Elise-eater slots a 1.8- litre turbo inline four behind its two pews. It delivers 188kW and 320Nm to the rear axle, handled exclusively by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Meanwhile, weight has been pared back with special parts like Brembo brakes, aluminium wheels, and bucket seats. All up the A110 is 1080kg. It’s good for 4.5sec sprints to 100km/h and will charge on to 249km/h top whack.

Fixed-rate dampers work with double-wishbones all around while a favourable weight balance is promised by its mid-engine layout.

You can flick the engine, gearbox, and stability settings through Normal, Sport and Track modes, while on the inside you’ll be surrounded by leather/Alcantara seats, a button-littered centreconsole and a paddle-shifterbacked steering wheel.

At just under 4.2 metres long the A110 finds itself sized between a Cayman and an Alfa Romeo 4C, and on pricing it’s no different.

The Renault A110 will be priced at 58,500 Euros, which translates to $81,500 in Aussie dollars (if it comes to Oz, it will likely cost a whole lot more than that).

The first 1955 units made will be offered in ‘Premiere Edition’ specification, featuring tri-colour badging of red, white and blue, aluminium pedals and other goodies. The A110 will also be available in Alpine Blue, Noir Profond (black), or Blanc Solaire (white) exterior colours.

Renault’s confirmed a right-hand drive model, but its local arm hasn’t confirmed it for Down Under just yet. Stay tuned. – LC