Offering 29 new body colours, three wheel finishes and four brake caliper paint shades, Atelier Alpine is the personalisation programme that ensures every new A110 can be as individual as its owner. The new bodywork paint colours take inspiration from much-loved Alpine hues from the past, reformulated by the French sports car manufacturer’s paint experts using modern ingredients and the latest application methods.
From understated greys and off-whites to very vibrant reds, oranges and blues, plus elegant metallic shades along with more purposeful solid colours, Alpine now offers an extensive palette for A110 customers to choose from. Buyers can further personalise their cars by specifying one of three new wheel finishes for the existing wheel designs (Gloss White, Gloss Black or Vibrant Gold) and by selecting one of four new paint colours for the brake calipers (Light Grey, Red, Yellow or Vibrant Gold, all in addition to the existing options). Over time, Atelier Alpine will be expanded to offer customers an even wider range of personalisation options.
The 29 new paint colours will be strictly limited to 110 cars worldwide so that each finish remains a rare sight. To ensure the highest quality standards are met, these cars will be painted by hand in a dedicated zone at the factory in Dieppe.
• A110 SportsX draws on Alpine’s rally heritage
• Wider bodywork and raised ride height• A110 SportsX remains faithful to Alpine’s DNA
First shown in February at the International Automobile Festival at Invalides in Paris, A110 SportsX is a design study that takes inspiration from Alpine’s rich heritage in rallying. It proves once again that the A110 is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Alpine’s development teams.
Like the A110 Berlinette that won the world-famous Rallye Monte Carlo in 1971 and 1973, A110 SportsX features wider bodywork than the road-going A110 and a raised ride height. The result of a joint effort by Alpine’s design and engineering teams, the one-off creation explores a new facet of the A110’s sportiness with its 80mm wider body and 60mm higher ride height.
Based on the technical characteristics of an A110 Pure, the A110 SportsX remains faithful to Alpine’s DNA: lightness and agility for driving pleasure.
Alpine Managing Director Patrick Marinoff comments: “Following its great reception in Paris, we have chosen to display A110 SportsX to an even wider automotive audience. A110 SportsX demonstrates how far we can stretch the A110 concept, while the feedback we get to exercise like it and the ideas presented within help us to define the future of Alpine.”
Alpine and the A110
• Alpine relaunch initiated in 2012
• New A110 is faithful to Alpine’s core technical principles• Alpine originally founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé• A celebrated history in international motorsport
The A110 Légende GT is the latest limited edition of Alpine’s lightweight sports car. The first version was the A110 Première Edition, which came to market in 2017 and was limited to 1,955 units globally. It was with the A110 that Alpine was relaunched by parent company Groupe Renault, bringing to an end a two-decade dormant period and signaling the return of one of France’s most famous sports car manufacturers.
Having sold out within five days of order books being opened, the A110 Première Edition was followed up by two further versions of the A110. Badged Pure and Légende, they are mechanically identical to the A110 Première Edition and adhere to the very same principles of lightweight engineering and compact dimensions, but with model specific interior trim, wheel designs, body paint options and standard equipment, they each offer characteristics of their own. The A110S, meanwhile, is the top-of-the-line model with an intense sports car persona.
Having been founded in 1955 by Frenchman Jean Rédélé, Alpine soon established itself as a leading manufacturer of lightweight, fun to drive sports cars. Alpine’s reputation was cemented on the world’s race tracks and rally stages, its cars winning iconic motorsport events including Rallye Monte Carlo in 1971 and again in 1973, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978.
Alpine’s revival project was first initiated in 2012. Four years later, the Alpine Vision show car made its debut public appearance in Monaco. In 2017, the A110 Première Edition was unveiled at the Geneva motor show before appearing in showrooms towards the end of that year. The relaunched Alpine was conceived as a responsive, fast-moving standalone business unit under the Groupe Renault umbrella.
All versions of the A110 are built at Alpine’s factory in Dieppe, northern France. Originally constructed by Alpine-founder Rédélé in 1969, the site was modernised and upgraded for production of the new car.
The new A110
Underpinning the new A110 are the very same technical principles that were determined first by Jean Rédélé 64 years ago and that've been evident in every Alpine car since, be it a dedicated competition machine or a road-going model. Alpines draw their performance from compact dimensions, a particular focus on lightweight engineering and a high power-to-weight ratio, rather than extremely powerful engines.
A foundational Alpine principle is the elevation of driving pleasure – for drivers with any level of experience – over lap times, top speeds and acceleration figures. Importantly, Alpines must be comfortable and civilised in everyday use as well. To that end the A110 comes equipped as standard with climate control, satellite navigation, cruise control, mobile phone connectivity and a DAB radio, as well as safety systems including multiple airbags, ABS, traction control and stability control.
The new A110’s aluminium body is both very strong and exceptionally light. The lightest version of the car, the A110 Pure, weighs as little as 1098kg (with fluids). The mid-engine configuration ensures perfect weight distribution for agile and responsive handing, while all-round double wishbone suspension gives a very high degree of control and precision in bends. Ride comfort is a particular strength of the new A110.
All versions of the sports car use seven-speed paddle shift dual-clutch transmissions that deliver almost instantaneous gearshifts. The common engine is a 1.8-litre four cylinder unit with a turbocharger. In the A110 Première Edition, Pure, Légende and Légende GT this engine develops 252PS, while for the A110S and A110 Color Edition 2020 that figure is increased by 40PS to 292PS. All versions of the A110 feature the same three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
Inspired by the original 1962 A110 Berlinette, the new A110’s exterior design forms a link between Alpine’s heritage and its future. Led by Frenchman Antony Villain, the design team set out to capture the spirit of Alpine in the new car while also creating a design language that would stand the test of time.
The twin front headlights, sculpted flanks, distinctive bonnet spine and wraparound rear screen are clearly borrowed from the A110 Berlinette, while the LED running lights and ‘X’-shaped LED taillights, with dynamic turn indicators, hint at the car’s modern day engineering and performance. The single, graceful line that flows from the very front of the car to the rear, meanwhile, is a signature Alpine design feature.
The car’s clean, uncluttered silhouette has been achieved by working in parallel with the engineering team. A completely flat underside and functional diffuser mean there is no need for a rear spoiler. And although the exterior dimensions are very compact - contributing to the car’s agility - the cabin still offers enough space for taller drivers to sit comfortably, even if they’re wearing a helmet.
Access to the high-quality cabin is among the best in the sports car sector thanks to the low and narrow sill, while the interior itself mirrors the A110’s lightweight construction. The floating centre console, for instance, gives a sense of lightness. Between two compartments the A110 offers 196 litres of storage space. The 96-litre compartment in the front is big enough for a pair of airline carry-on cases, while the 100-litre rear compartment can accommodate two full-face helmets plus an overnight bag.
History of Alpine
Alpine owes its existence to Jean Rédélé. A car dealer by trade and a gifted rally driver, Rédélé established his car company in 1955, choosing the name Alpine in tribute to the Critérium des Alpes rally – scene of his greatest competitive achievement to date – which was staged in the Alps mountain range in the south of France each year.
The region’s tight and twisty roads gave Rédélé not only his company’s name; they also determined the fundamental technical principles that would define every Alpine car. Rédélé recognised that it wasn’t outright power or brute force that made a car quick on a narrow rally stage, but lightweight construction, compact dimensions and agility.
When Rédélé introduced the original A110 road car in 1962, his company began to take off. By then, Alpine and Renault were close collaborators, Alpine cars being sold and serviced by Renault dealerships. Come the early Seventies, Alpine was a major force in top-flight rally competition.
All the while, Alpine’s road car sales were growing. Rédélé built a dedicated factory in Dieppe in 1969 - the same site that is producing the all-new A110 today - and in 1971 the A310 entered production. Two years later, Alpine was acquired by Groupe Renault.
Alpine achieved its most famous motorsport triumph in 1978; overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The factory continued to release new and innovative road cars throughout the Seventies and Eighties, including the A310 V6 and the GTA. Alpine production would eventually cease in 1995. More than 30,000 Alpine road cars had been built across 40 years, along with more than 100 single-seater and prototype racing cars.
Alpine in Motorsport
Proving the performance, agility and durability of his cars in the crucible of motorsport was of utmost importance to Jean Rédélé. Alpine has competed at the highest level of rallying and circuit racing for decades, recording a string of famous victories that belied the company’s modest size. With that same ambitious and determined spirit Alpine today competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The one-make Alpine Europa Cup and the A110 GT4 racer, meanwhile, demonstrate the A110’s inherent agility and performance on the race track.
It was in 1978 that Alpine recorded one of its most celebrated motorsport successes. Driving the A442B sports prototype, Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, lapping the eight-mile Circuit de la Sarthe 369 times.
Using those decades of success as a springboard, Alpine returned to front-line motorsport in 2013. It immediately proved to be a triumphant return to racing: the marque’s A450 prototype won the European Le Mans Series title at its first attempt, and again in 2014.
From there, Alpine graduated to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), competing once again on the world stage. In 2016, the Alpine A460 won four of the nine rounds to secure the LMP2 WEC title for Alpine, the most hard-fought of those victories coming at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since then, Alpine has won its class at Le Mans in both 2018 and 2019, while also winning the LMP2 WEC title in 2019. Alpine is currently contesting the 2019-20 WEC season.
Additionally, the Alpine Europa Cup is now in its third season. The series takes in some of the most iconic circuits in Europe, including Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Operated by Alpine’s WEC partner, Signatech, the Alpine Europa Cup further demonstrates Alpine’s commitment to motorsport. The A110 GT4, meanwhile, sees Alpine return to competition in road car-based motorsport alongside the world’s most prestigious sports car manufacturers.
Alpine’s rally heritage
As well as success on the world’s racing circuits, Alpine has achieved a great deal on its rally stages, too. Alpine founder Jean Rédélé was a competitive rally driver himself, but it was Swede Ove Andersson, driving an A110 Berlinette, who gave Alpine its first major rally win with victory on the world-famous Rallye Monte Carlo in 1971.
Frenchman Jean-Claude Andruet repeated that success in 1973, the same year Alpine won the inaugural FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title. Six victories for the A110 Berlinette that season saw Alpine win the championship in commanding fashion.
Unveiled towards the end of 2019, the new A110 Rally sees the Alpine name make its return to rally competition. Developed with Alpine’s motorsport partner Signatech, the A110 Rally joins the A110 Cup and GT4 circuit racing models in Alpine’s customer motorsport portfolio. All competition versions of the A110 used the same lightweight aluminium chassis as the production version.
Along with a roll cage, Sabelt competition seats and a fire extinguisher to meet rallying’s safety requirements, the A110 Rally also features a 300PS version of the road-going car’s turbocharged engine, uprated Brembo brakes, three-way adjustable suspension and a six-speed sequential gearbox to increase performance on the special stage.
Engineered to meet the FIA’s R-GT homologation standards, the A110 Rally is due to make its competitive debut in France this Spring with customer deliveries already underway.