The Alpine A110 R Is for the Hardcore Enthusiast

Photo credit: Alpine
Photo credit: Alpine

We love the Alpine A110. While we don't get it here in the U.S., we're still glad it exists, seeing as how few cheap-ish mid-engine sports cars are on the market today. Alpine has just given the A110 is biggest update of all, with numerous chassis, body, and suspension upgrades to make it more capable than ever. Meet the A110 R.

While the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and dual-clutch transmission remain unchanged, a vast amount of the car has either been updated, enhanced, or replaced. The hood, rear window hatch, wheels, and seats have all been substituted for carbon fiber pieces, shaving a total of 75 pounds from the already light sports coupe. There's also a wing out back and redesigned side skirts to improve downforce and eliminate drag. Alpine quotes a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.

The changes don't stop once you go underneath the skin of the A110 R. Ground clearance has been cut, with the adjustable suspension able to be lowered an additional 0.4 inches to squeeze the most aero benefits on track if the owner so desires. The springs and anti-roll bars have been stiffened to improve grip, while the Brembo brakes have been enlarged to generate more stopping power. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s are standard.

Like the normal A110, we don't expect the R model to show up on our shores any time soon. Alpine has yet to release specific pricing or a release date for the A110 R, though deliveries in Europe will likely start by early 2023.

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