Just three weeks after the plug was pulled on the 2022 Alpine A110 in Australia, the French car maker has revealed a faster and smarter updated line-up.
Following a slew of special editions offered in recent years, the A110 range has been consolidated to three variants each offering “its own distinctive character” – all gaining a selection of multimedia and driving dynamics updates.
A new Alpine infotainment system (developed by the car company, not the radio brand) now powers the 7.0-inch infotainment screen used across the range, featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, over-the-air updates, satellite navigation and customisable widgets.
An additional (but carry-over) Alpine Telemetrics system is standard in the A110 S, but optional in other variants, which adds menus displaying turbo boost, transmission temperature, power, torque, steering angle, acceleration, and race track lap times.
Other changes affecting multiple variants include retuned engine calibration in Normal and Sport modes, and the temporary deactivation of one cylinder when initialising Launch Control to “release more racing-style sounds”.
Powering the entire range is a familiar 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
While the base variant remains pegged at 185kW and 320Nm outputs, the A110 GT and A110 S models step up to a 221kW and 340Nm version of the engine – up over the 215kW/320Nm developed by the 2021 A110 S grade.
Opening the revised 2022 range the eponymous ‘A110’. Capable of a 4.5-second 0-100km/h dash, the base A110’s 1102kg to 1140kg kerb weight ties it with the S as the lightest variant on offer, with a 44:56 front-to-rear weight distribution.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels wrapped in 205/45 front and 235/45 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, adjustable ‘Sport’ seats, the standard ‘Alpine’ chassis tune, black microfibre and leather upholstery (with grey stitching), and 296mm Brembo brakes (front and rear) with Charcoal Black calipers.
New for 2022 is the mid-spec A110 GT, pitched as a more touring-focused variant with front and rear parking sensors, leather-trimmed Comfort seats (with blue stitching), 18-inch diamond-cut wheels with 205/40 front and 235/40 rear tyres, and the same Alpine chassis as the base car.
The GT’s higher engine output cuts the 0-100km/h time to 4.2 seconds, backed by a sports exhaust system and an upgraded Brembo braking system with blue calipers and 320mm discs.
Sitting atop the range is the A110 S, a track-oriented variant which retains the GT’s 221kW engine tune, but adds new black 18-inch GT Race wheels with 215/40 front and 245/40 rear tyres, black accents, orange brake calipers (with upgraded dual-material 320mm Brembo discs), and S badges.
Inside, the A110 S scores aluminium pedals and Sabelt Sport seats as standard, trimmed in black microfibre and leather on base cars, with optional packages adding all-microfibre upholstery, orange seatbelts and stitching, and racing harnesses.
Under the skin, the A110 S variant’s sharper Sport chassis brings unique suspension geometry, 50 per cent stiffer springs, recalibrated dampers, 100 per cent firmer hollow anti-roll bars, a 4mm-lower ride height, and hydraulic steering wheel stops “for optimal body control”.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are available as an option, as is a new Aero Kit that adds a carbon-fibre rear spoiler, carbon-fibre front blade and enlarged underbody elements to add 141kg of downforce (60kg front and 81kg rear) and bump the top speed to 275km/h.
The A110 S can also be had with a new carbon-fibre roof saving 1.9kg (also available on the A110 GT), plus a two-tone paint scheme with Fire Orange and Deep Black shades.
The wider A110 range is available with a spread of optional extras, from the base A110’s Comfort Pack (which adds Comfort seats, leather trim, new wheels and more) to up to 22 ‘heritage’ colours through the Alpine Atelier service.
The 2022 Alpine A110 is now available to order in Europe, priced in France from €59,900 ($AU93,400) for the base A110, €69,500 ($AU108,200) for the A110 GT, and €71,500 ($AU111,300) for the A110 S.
The sports coupe won’t be sold in Australia, after its axing in recent months due to a lack of compliance with new Australian Design Rules.