Revived Alpine to take on Porsche Cayman with new A110

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Legendary French manufacturer Alpine has returned to the world of motoring, with the Porsche 718 Cayman firmly in its sights.

The company was originally founded in 1955, before being acquired by Renault in 1973, and has not built a car since production ended in 1995.

Its new model, called the A110, is a two-seat sports car that is heavily influenced by the classic Alpine cars of old. It weighs in at just 1,080kg, and thanks to 44/56 weight distribution, handling should be seriously impressive.

One of the Alpine's key strengths in its fight against the Porsche is the fact that it has a superior power-to-weight ratio, with 231bhp/tonne as opposed to the Cayman's 222bhp/tonne.

Before its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this week, no information had been issued on the A110's engine. Alpine has now revealed, however, that it will call upon a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that has been developed as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Alpine engineers have worked in partnership with Renault Sport technicians to tune the engine to produce a considerable 248bhp and 320Nm of torque, enabling the new model to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155mph. This will be paired with a Getrag seven-speed wet-clutch transmission, while the Alpine also makes use of a single exit sports exhaust system.

The sports car's rear brakes are also a world first, incorporating an integrated parking brake actuator to save 2.5kg.

Alpine will build a limited number of A110 'Premiere Edition' models to kick production off, which will cost €58,500 in France – roughly £50,730. Further pricing information is to be released towards the middle of the year, when order books officially open.

Customer deliveries of the new Alpine A110 are expected to start in late 2017. The sports car will be manufactured at the Alpine plant in Dieppe, France.

Revived Alpine to take on Porsche Cayman with new A110

Revived Alpine to take on Porsche Cayman with new A110