Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 5 months ago 10
News

What's In The Box? A More Focused Alpine A110, Probably

Alpine has teased a new version of the A110, which may be a track-focused, GT4-inspired beast

Remind me later
Alpine - What's In The Box? A More Focused Alpine A110, Probably - News

The Alpine A110 is about to get a little more hardcore. At least, we think - the Renault-owned sports car brand division has posted a teaser on its social media channels, featuring a big crate with the caption: “Coming soon. Stay tuned,” followed by the hashtag: #FromDieppeToLeMans.

Recently, an A110 sporting a sizeable rear wing and a more squat stance was spotted testing at the Nurburgring with ‘A110 GT4’ lettering on its roof. It certainly didn’t look as extreme as the proper A110 GT4, leading us to believe the racer is about to spawn a track-focused, road-going A110.

Is this what’s hiding in Alpine’s crate? We’re putting two and two together here, but it seems likely.

Along with the rear wing spotted on the test car and a lower, stiffer suspension setup, Alpine will likely choose to raise the output of the 1.8-litre inline-four engine. The turbocharged unit - which is shared with the Renault Megane RS - is good for 266bhp in the A110 Cup racing car and around 300 in the GT4, so it clearly has potential.

Alpine looks to have built a road car inspired by the A110 GT4 racer
Alpine looks to have built a road car inspired by the A110 GT4 racer

Judging by the hashtag, we should see the car for the first time at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans next weekend. It’s an important event for Alpine: the brand runs LMP2 cars in the race and used the event as a reveal location for its Celebration concept a few years ago.