With a price tag of 107,000 euros, theAlpine A110 R it puts itself in direct competition with highly prized two-seater coupés, from popular brands with more advanced mechanics. Like, for example, the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and GT4, which put 4.0 six-cylinder engines with 400 and 420 HP respectively, while the Alpine is powered by turbo 1.8, which has two fewer pistons and for horses it leaves 300. But the A110 R is a very special car, and dedicated even more especially to those who often go to the track. Where the weight of 300 kg less than that of the two Porsches promises a more enjoyable character.
L’Alpine A110 it is ready very light in the entry-level versions of the range (list price starts at 61,800 euros) but the R variant has undergone a special treatment to remove another 34 kg. Many have been used to achieve this result carbon fiber details: rims (saves 12.5 kg), monocoque seats (-5 kg), front bonnet (- 3.9 kg compared to the standard one which, however, is already in aluminum) and rear display that replaces the rear window (- 4 kg). But the improvement of other components (seat belts, exhaust system and others) took another 8.9 kg.
More efficient aerodynamics
Outside of Alpine A110 R differs from the S, which was a sports variant until now, with side skirts ending in small. aerodynamic deflectors, with a large rear aerodynamic diffuser and with a wing, placed in a raised position and on very thin supports to increase its efficiency. Not only that: the carbon fiber rims are covered with more open covers at the front, for better brake cooling, and more closed at the back, to reduce air turbulence.
Next to the tarmac
The suspension have been difficult in springs and anti-roll bars, the shock response can be adjusted to 20 combinations, and the length of the ride is reduced by 10mm. even,Alpine A110 R it can be lowered by 10 mm more when entering the track, but this difference is not approved for road use, so remember to restore the original level when returning to traffic. As we have to remember that the car is installed as usual very sporty tires, called semi-slicks, which must be brought up to temperature before giving their best. And that this is not always easy when it is cold or the road is wet. The engine, on the other hand, remains that of the A110 S, derived from the Renault Mégane RS. But 300 HP of power and 340 Nm of torque are more than enough to allow the very light A110 R to perform very well.
On the track it is easy and very easy to handle
On the track, on tight turns and like those in our test, theAlpine A110 R has one better driving ability and allows you to maintain incredible rhythms. The rear wheels always remain firmly on the pavement, while the nose enters the trajectories at the same speed as a racing car, thanks also to fast, precise and sensitive steering. And the featherweight of the car also benefits the brakes, which are strong and durable, although the discs are not of the carbon-ceramic type. In this application, the French coupé is able to take care of more powerful cars without difficulty.
Not practical in daily use
When you return to the road you can appreciate the thrust of the engine already at low revs and the fluidity of the seven-speed robotic gearbox. In normal conditions, the sound level of the exhaust is also reduced. In “Sport” and “Track”, on the other hand, the engine raises its volume and starts a spectacle of noise and roar that makes the sportsman more happy. But it’s not just choreography:Alpine A110 R it manages to run from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds: 3”9 to be exact. In normal use, however, there is a lack of other storage areas and a big trunk, also because behind the seats there is no usable space like in other two-seater sports cars. At the intersection, then, the driver cannot change his position to understand if other vehicles are approaching, because racing seat belts (with six attachments) fasten to the seat. And you also have to get used to the absence of an internal rear-view mirror, because the carbon fiber that replaced the rear window is not clear. To conclude, the quality of interior materials and electronic controls, as well as the size of the touchscreen and its simplified graphics, are not exactly what one would expect from a car of this price.
In our opinion
> Engine. Despite the reduced displacement, it has plenty of horsepower and also excellent thrust already at low speeds.
> Weight. Extreme agility allows it to keep pace with more powerful vehicles.
> Steering and trim. They are of high quality and guarantee almost racing car performance.
> Seat belts. They are of the racing type, with six points, and prevent the movement that is sometimes required in driving traffic.
> It ends. Plastic and electronic controls are generally a little cheaper.
> Price. 107 thousand euros is just too much for “eight thousand”.