Renault’s stunning all-new Porsche 718 Cayman rival tested on road and track
The Alpine name is well known to students of rallying and fast road car history. This evocative brand, which has been dormant since the last A610 rolled off the line in 1995, was meant to have been revived in the late 2000s, but the global financial crash put paid to that.
Undaunted, parent company Renault revealed images of a new Alpine concept in 2012, and now it’s here in the metal in the rather fetching shape of this all-new Alpine A110.
Crafted in Dieppe from lightweight aluminium, with a mid-mounted 249bhp turbo 1.8 engine powering the rear wheels, it weighs less than 1100kg.
Put these stats together and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a fantastic sporting coupé – and that’s exactly what the A110 is. Priced
in the order of £50,000 when it arrives in the UK early next summer, the A110 is not a budget offering. You can get a Porsche 718 Cayman for about the same money, and that’s a great car.
So, is this blue bolide a genuine competitor for the established German class-leader? You bet your life it is. When you’ve checked out our drive on both public roads and a private circuit, you might find it hard to disagree.