Alpine R Targets Track-Day Heroes

Sportscar maker Alpine has launched an R version of its popular A110 range that’s even faster, lighter and more aerodynamic.

The R for ‘radical’ boasts a lightweighting regime that sees it tip the scales at just 1,082kg (2,380lbs) shaving 34kg (74.8lbs) from the weight of the previous range topper, the A110 S. Its aerodynamic performance has been enhanced for greater downforce and reduced drag. For the first time ever on the A110 range, some parts (e.g. the bonnet, rear window, and diffuser) have been redesigned specifically for the new model.

This track-focused car is powered by a four-cylinder 1.8-liter turbo charged gasoline engine coupled to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. Maximum torque of 250ft-lbs is available from 2,400rpm and maximum power of 295bhp at 6,300rpm. With the Launch Control automatic start function, this car claims a 0-62mph acceleration time of 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 177mph.

Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the car boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 272bhp per ton, it can run a full 1,000 meters from a standing start in just 21.9 seconds. Carbon fiber has been used most notably for the bonnet not only has a sportier look with more character but it also weighs 2.9kg (6.38lbs) less and provides improved all-round performance, including top speed. The bonnet also has two air intakes for enhanced aerodynamics, making it a key feature of the car’s bold design, giving it a more radical feel.

Wheels are developed in by the Alpine team along with the supplier, Duqueine, are also entirely carbon fiber and designed to improve the car’s performance by reducing its weight; to optimize its aerodynamics; and provide better cooling for the brakes. As such, the wheels weight 12.5kg (27.5lbs) less than on the A110 S.

Again with track days in mind, the chassis clearance has been lowered by 10mm (0.4ins) compared to the A110 S. The adjustable shock absorbers mean it can be lowered a further 10mm for an ultimate on-track experience. The stiffness of the unique anti-cant bars has been increased 10% in the front and 25% in the rear compared to the A110 S.

The same can be said for the suspension springs that are more than 10% stiffer in the front and rear for far greater body support. Specially designed shock absorbers feature hydraulic adjustment for a personalized driving experience. A 20-click ring can be used to adjust the compression/expansion ratio for race circuit tuning. Made in France at the Manufacture Alpine Dieppe Jean Rédélé, orders for the Alpine A110 R will begin this month.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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