Lighter and more luxurious versions of the Alpine A110 are heading to Geneva - but probably not America, sadly.
At last year’s Geneva Motor Show we were introduced to the achingly beautiful Alpine A110, the first car produced by the company in two decades. Unfortunately, this was the closest we’re likely to get to the reborn French sports car, as there are currently no plans to bring it to the US. So just to rub salt into the wounds, this year Alpine is bringing two more versions of the A110 to Geneva. Thanks to extensive use of aluminium, the mid-engined sports car is ludicrously light with a curb weight of just 2,380 pounds, which makes it extremely agile and a pleasure to drive.
Remarkably, however, the A110 is about to lose even more weight. Dubbed the A110 Pure, Alpine describes the new variant as the “lightest and most driver-focused” A110 yet. Alpine says the A110 Pure is “destined to live its life on winding mountain roads” and “retains the Premiere Edition’s minimalist yet high-quality approach.” More specific details will be revealed at Geneva next week. On the other side of the spectrum we have the A110 Legende, which represents the new luxury model that “adds more refinement and sophistication for everyday driving or long-distance touring.” As you'd expect, the higher-spec A110 will be more generously equipped.
Standard equipment will include six-way adjustable lightweight Sabelt seats, full leather upholstery, and gloss-finished carbon fiber interior trim. Three new exterior colors will also be added to the Alpine range: lanc Irise, Bleu abysse, and Gris Tonnerre. Both models will be powered by same the mid-mounted 1.8-liter engine as the standard car. Paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the 1.8-liter unit produces 252 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. If you’re disappointed about the lack of power increase, reports suggest that Alpine is also developing a more potent A110 Sport with around 300 hp and even less weight.