Alpine on the rise

In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding.
In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding.
In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding.
In the Alpine A110, the one-piece bucket seats are comfortable and there is a generous array of modern amenities. The handsome rear, with its flared haunches and squat posture, contributes to the car’s unshakeable roadholding. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

French sportscar maker's A110 sets stage for comeback with Lotus-equalling handling and Porsche-rivalling performance

If being lightweight is a virtue, the Alpine A110 is a saint. The new rear-wheel two-seater from France's less well-known manufacturer is a gem of a car which brightens any day.

And much of it can be attributed to the car's kerb weight of under 1.1 tonnes - an impressive number for a vehicle with its dimensions. The A110 is about the size of an Audi TT Coupe, but weighs some 200kg lighter, thanks to extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Alpine on the rise'. Print Edition | Subscribe