Reach The Sports Car Heights With The Alpine | MHH International

Renault Alpine at speed
Perhaps this article should be entitled, ‘A Legend Reborn’, because essentially that is what it concerns. In 1955 the ‘Société des Automobiles Alpine’ launched the exquisite A106 sports car. Subsequently superceded by the original A110, the car became over the years, in various guises, a road and motor sport legend with victories that included the Alpine A442B which won Le Mans in 1978.

Now Renault has resurrected its Alpine sports car brand with a new car that reflects that history and design from over fifty years ago. Designed to take on the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman, the waiting public will see the production-ready Alpine in action first at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.

 

The Alpine A110 is equipped with a new 1.8L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Alpine’s engineers, together with Renault Sport, have customized this engine for Alpine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune.

 

Renault Alpine, side view, in woodland.

 

The engine has a maximum power output of 252hp and maximum torque of 320Nm. A Low weight gives the A110 an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 233hp:tonne which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in only 4.5 seconds.

 

The engine is paired with a Getrag 7-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox, with gear ratios specifically developed for Alpine to ensure optimal performance at all times. Aided by intensive use of fluid dynamics simulation, the lightweight, single exit active sports exhaust system in the A110 has been developed for performance and that all-important sound quality.

 

Renault Alpine Interior dashboard

 

In search of a combination of sleek lines and excellent performance, Alpine’s engineers turned to the world of racing cars and supercars to optimize the aerodynamics of the A110. With a completely flat floor and a functional diffuser under the rear bumper, the A110 combines low drag with significant downforce. This allows the A110 to reach an electronically limited 155mph top speed, while retaining a smooth ‘Alpine’ profile. This negates the need for a rear spoiler.

Air inlets in the front bumper create a curtain along the front wheel wells, improving air flow around the front wheels and hence reducing drag.

 Renault Alpine Rear View

 

The sports car has three driver modes (Normal, Sport, Track) in which the engine and gearbox settings, steering, ESC, exhaust note and driver display are adapted to suit the driving conditions and the driver’s mood. Just looking at the car will give enthusiasts some idea of what that mood will be.

 

The 2017 Alpine A110 was officially launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It combines those timeless Alpine principles of light weight, agility and performance. This hugely desirable mid-engine two-seater sports coupé is true to the spirit of its predecessors and in particular the A110 ‘Berlinette’. Left-hand drive versions will be available later this year and right-hand drive for the UK (price estimated to be around £50,000) and elsewhere will arrive in early 2018. Alpine clearly intends to claim its position in the sports car segment. The company offers just one, single-minded promise: driving pleasure.

 

Renault Alpine Logo



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