The Alpine A110S Is an Even Hotter French Sports Car

The Alpine A110, the highly regarded mid-engine French sports car just got a hotter new variant—the A110S. Revamped with more power, a retuned suspension, and a stealthy new paint option called Gris Tonnerre, it’s set to go head-to-head with the Porsche 718s of the world—outside of North America, anyway.

Though it doesn’t look too different on the outside, the A110S sports a host of upgrades under the skin. Thanks to an additional 5.8 pounds of boost from the turbo, the mid-mounted 1.8-liter inline-four now makes 288 horsepower—38 more than before. Torque is unchanged at 236 lb-ft. Power still gets to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sprint from 0-62 mph drops from 4.5 seconds to 4.4, while top speed is 155 mph.

The dampers and bump stops have been retuned to work with coil springs that are 50 percent firmer than before, and anti-roll bars that are twice as stiff. Right height has been dropped by 0.16 inches, and new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires have been developed specifically for the car. They wrap a new wheel that shrouds Brembo brake calipers that clamp down 12.6-inch discs on at four corners.

Despite all this new stuff, the A110 has only gained 23 pounds, with a dry weight of just 2455 pounds. That’s nearly as light as a new Miata. If you want to drop weight by another four pounds and lower the center of gravity, a carbon fiber roof is optional.

Like the normal Alpine A110, there’s no indication The A110S will be sold in the US. That’s a real shame, because it looks like a blast. Starting MSRP in Europe is €66,500, which at today’s exchange rate is around $75,000.

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