Showing that you can extract more performance from a sports car in ways other than just adding power, Alpine launched the A110 R. It is based on the updated S model introduced for the 2022 model year but with various enhancements focused beyond the powertrain. By making generous use of carbon fiber, the sporty Renault brand has managed to shed 34 kilograms (75 pounds). It takes the weight down to a very low 1,082 kg (2,385 lbs).
The impressive diet consists of a carbon fiber hood featuring dual air intakes for increased aero. This removes 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) of fat compared to the A110 S’s hood and gives rivals Porsche Cayman a track car vibe. The 18-inch wheels are also made entirely of the same lightweight material and cut 12.5 kg (27.5 lbs). Take a closer look and you will notice they have an asymmetrical design as the front wheels have an open design while the rear wheels are more closed.
More carbon is found at the rear where the engine cover is made entirely of the same material. Yes, the rear glass is gone, so the rear view is very obstructed for the sake of light. Jumping into the cab, Alpine has installed a carbon fiber Sabelt Track monocoque seat to trim 5 kg (11 lbs). The body-hugging seat is equipped with a six-point seat belt and provides greater lateral support.
In terms of performance, the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes 3.9 seconds, thereby slashing three tenths of a second compared to the A110 S. In fact, the new A110 R (from “Radical”) will do 177 mph (285 km). /h) or 6 mph (10 km/h) more than the previous range-topping version. Aerodynamic adjustments were made to the diffuser and elsewhere to increase downforce and reduce drag.
The R offers a stiffer suspension setup with a lowered ground clearance of 10 millimeters (0.4 inches). Thanks to the adjustable dampers, the A110 R can be brought closer to the road by an additional 10 mm (0.4 in). The carbon fiber wheels we mentioned are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tires measuring 215/40 R18 at the front and 245/40 R18 at the rear.
Braking power is supplied by Brembo brakes with 320 mm discs on both axles with improved cooling for hotter laps around the track. Another important mechanical upgrade is the dual exhaust system, now featuring double walls manufactured using 3D printing. It does a better job of isolating exhaust gases to protect adjacent components.
Alpine is presenting the 2023 A110 R in the Racing Matte Blue launch color as a nod to the motorsport division’s A522 Formula 1 car for this year’s championship. It comes with a carbon fiber roof finished in glossy black while the interior has a telemetry system with all the relevant data an enthusiastic driver needs.
The order book is programmed to open in November. Pricing details haven’t been disclosed yet, but it will surely command a significant premium over the A110 S which is available in France from €71,500.