Alpine A110 review - design

The Alpine A110 is a refreshing tonic to Teutonic rivals. Agile, fast and gorgeous to look at, it almost justifies its hefty price tag

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from £46,905
  • Stunning looks, nimble and engaging handling, minimal mass philosophy
  • Damping lacks fine control, punchy pricing

Design

Alpine wanted to keep the aesthetics of the A110 as clean as possible, hence the lack of a rear wing. Instead, there is a functional rear diffuser and some clever aerodynamics at both ends that help generate the required stability at high speed while reducing drag at all speeds. Most of the work is done by the air that flows underneath the car.

The result is that the Alpine looks simply sensational from almost any angle. For starters, it’s surprisingly compact – it’s 4180mm long and just 1252mm high – and is dwarfed by the likes of a Porsche Cayman and Audi TT. Its flowing design draws heavily on the original ’60s A110 but with enough injection of modernity to keep it looking fresh and relevant. It’s a lithe and slinky-looking car that turns heads as readily as supercars costing three or four times as much.

Customisation options are thankfully few and far between, with the choices limited to a variety of alloy wheels. The retro-style design on the Légende is absolutely stunning. Paint colours are relatively limited, with a couple of whites, a couple of blues, a black and a grey, but the A110 looks no less fabulous in any of them – though the classic Alpine Blue and the iridescent white particularly suit it. A matte grey finish is available on the A110 S, with exterior carbon fibre trim, orange highlights and a tasteful 4mm drop in ride height also coming on the range-topper. 

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