America is once again being deprived of this sublime sports car.
The new Alpine A110 two-seater sports car was one of the stars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It looks utterly gorgeous, has great handling, and packs a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 247 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its light weight, the A110 has an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 231 hp per tonne, allowing the French sports car to hit 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds before maxing out at an electronically limited 155 mph.
Sadly, the Alpine A110 never came to America. Just to make us even more envious, Alpine has revealed a lighter and more powerful version called the A110S. Billed as an "intense sports car,” the A110S has been given a power increase to 288 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful four-cylinder unit is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. This set enables the 2,456-pound sports car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 162 mph.
Along with an upgraded engine, the A110S boasts retuned suspension with 50-percent stiffer coil springs and 100-percent stiffer anti-roll bars. The new range-topper also rides 0.2 inches lower to the road and also has new dampers, 18-inch GT Race wheels with a dark finish and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, and Brembo brakes with orange calipers and 12.6-inch discs.
According to Alpine chief engineer Jean-Pascal Dauce, the A110S has a "very different character” than the A110 as its chassis setup makes for a "very focused sports car.” He added that "high-speed stability and handling precision” are two of its "defining characteristics.”
Inside, the interior features Sabelt sport seats with black Dinamica upholstery and orange contrast stitching. Other highlights include carbon fiber trim, aluminum pedals, a Focal audio system, and a Dinamica steering wheel with an orange centering strip. The Alpine A110S is currently available to order in Europe starting at €66,500 ($74,902), with first deliveries starting later this year.