Alpine A110 R Prototype

Alpine A110 R Prototype Spied Testing at the Nurburgring

A few years ago, Alpine was brought back to life as an independent brand with the introduction of the A110. This mid-engine berlinette from the French marque introduced the GT and S variants in 2021 for the 2022 model year. Following suit, the R version made its debut in October 2022 as a 2023 model, boasting reduced weight and enhanced downforce compared to the S variant.

Yet, the journey doesn’t end here for Alpine. Recently, spy photographers caught a prototype based on the A110 R undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. This newcomer takes the extreme approach when it comes to aerodynamics, blurring the boundaries between a road car and a full-fledged racing machine.

At the front, noticeable canards flank the bumper, accompanied by a more pronounced splitter. The unique “Emmentaler-styled” frunk lid provides onlookers with a clear visual of the vehicle’s character. Transitioning to the sides, the prototype showcases distinct mismatched wheels, setting it apart from the R model. Sporting red brake calipers and Michelin tires, this iteration seems to share the same diffuser, dual exhaust setup, fixed wing, and rear window cover with its R-based foundation.

Upon closer inspection, a fin is discernible on the rear window cover. Notably, the canards, front splitter, side skirts, and rear aerodynamic diffuser appear to be crafted from carbon fiber. Similarly, the frunk lid and rear window cover of the R are also constructed from carbon fiber, contributing to a weight reduction of 34 kilograms (75 pounds) compared to the S model. Alpine touts the R’s weight as 1,082 kilograms (2,385 pounds).

Alpine A110 R Prototype
Alpine A110 R Prototype

Considering these already impressive figures, it’s intriguing to envision this variant becoming even lighter. Potentially labeled as the RS, this could be the most extreme A110 iteration yet, potentially equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Renault-developed 1.8-liter powerplant, codenamed M5P, generates up to 300 metric horsepower in the R model, equivalent to 296 mechanical horsepower.

While this might not appear as substantial on paper, it’s worth noting that the R not only boasts more power but also a slight weight advantage over the 2.0-liter MX-5. Furthermore, the A110’s mid-engine layout and double wishbone suspension offer a superior package compared to the MX-5’s front-engine, front double-wishbone, and rear multi-link setup.

Distinctively, the Alpine A110 doesn’t provide a manual or torque-converter automatic transmission. Instead, it exclusively offers a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) provided by Magna Powertrain. This same supplier furnishes the reverseless dual-clutch gearbox for the likes of the Ferrari SF90 and SF90 XX.

Speculation suggests that this enigmatic prototype might be another special edition of the R, potentially named the R Trophy. The straightforward R variant already includes two special editions: the Fernando Alonso, named after the two-time Formula 1 world champion, and the Le Mans, commemorating the centennial of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Production is limited to 32 units of the A110 R Fernando Alonso and 100 units of the A110 Le Mans.

As for pricing, it remains too early to determine the cost of the RS or R Trophy models, if that’s indeed what they’ll be named. For reference, the Alpine A110 R is priced at 112,000 euros in France at the current press time, which equates to approximately $121,455 based on prevailing exchange rates.

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