Alpine has revealed a new variant of its A110 mid-engined sports car dubbed the A110S, which brings more power, improved dynamics, and tweaked looks to the party.
Arguably the biggest highlight of the A110S will be its engine, which sees the boost increased on its 1.8-litre turbocharged four-pot that sits behind the seats to add an additional 30kW into the mix, bringing its power up to 215kW at 6,400rpm. Peak torque remains identical at 320Nm.
As in the ‘regular’ A110, that power is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the rear wheels alone. Helping to put that power down is a set of wider 245/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rear tyres fitted to a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, although the fronts still measure in at 215/40.
The bump in power has resulted in the A110S shaving a tenth off the standard car’s 0-100km/h time, now bringing it down to a brisk 4.4 seconds, while its top speed is bumped up to 260km/h.
There are further refinements under the skin, too, with Alpine having reworked the suspension to tighten the car’s handling further. Now riding 4mm lower than the standard A110, the A110S also sports springs that are 50 per cent stiffer and sway bars that are hollow and twice as rigid.
Brembo brakes are also fitted as standard, with the A110S wearing unique orange calipers that add to its tweaked looks that also include changes such as black badging, the aforementioned new alloy wheel design, and a carbon-fibre insert on the C-pillars.
Additionally, a set of even lighter Fuchs alloy wheels, a carbon-fibre roof that shaves 2kg off the car’s kerb weight, and matte grey paint are all available on the A110S as options.
On the inside, there’s orange contras stitching to match those brake calipers, too, while extended Dinamica trim, a Focal stereo, telemetry system, and surround parking sensors are also added as standard.
Currently, there’s no word on whether the A110S will truly make it to our shores – although Alpine has indicated it may bring them into the country on an on-demand basis – but if it does, you can expect to pay a premium over the regular A110’s $97,000 list price. Don’t expect there to ever be many of them either, as Alpine is limited to bringing just 100 examples of the A110 a year due to its lack of side airbags.