RE: Alpine A110: Driven

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Kolbenkopp

1,564 posts

90 months

Saturday 22nd September 2018
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Saw the first one in traffic today. Stuck behind a bus in front of our school. Real presence, looks really good not only in the metal but also in the 'real world'. Really want one. Hm......

SirTK

110 posts

74 months

Saturday 22nd September 2018
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quote "the interior isn’t up to Porsche standards"

I see this a lot. Bear in mind the car you see is still the Premiere Edition, which is a specced up version of the "Pure", and is meant to be the back-to-basics version. It should be compared to the Elise, say.

The other model, the Legende is the nearer equivalent to the mainstream competition so interior finish should be compared with that.

On a side note, I recently tried to get scratch and dent insurance but couldn't because Alpine is not listed in Glass's Guide which is what they use. I contacted Glass's and they admitted their shortcoming, saying that Alpine will be added but not until their next version which comes out at the end of October. I know I can get the same insurance from the dealership, but they just double the price.

On that note, it seems PistonHeads uses Glass's list too, so it's not possible to have the car listed properly in your PH profile.

Squadrone Rosso

1,657 posts

86 months

Saturday 22nd September 2018
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Saw these at Angouleme last weekend.

Static & chasing down an M3 race car driven by Ari Vatenan.

A very cool car.

Didzz

46 posts

12 months

Sunday 23rd September 2018
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SirTK

110 posts

74 months

Sunday 23rd September 2018
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Didzz said:
Another example of someone who appreciates who Alpine are and where they came from back in the day. I'm guessing that initially the average owner may be a little older than average for that reason alone.
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Miserablegit

401 posts

48 months

Monday 24th September 2018
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Well I drove my son to a rugby competition in Brentwood in the filthy weather yesterday - Car was surefooted but I kept to the limit anyway. Passed a poor soul in a silver bmw who'd spun and smashed the rear end up. Police were just about to close the road for recovery.

Interesting spot on the way was an alfa SZ - they still look great. They look smaller these days now that golfs etc have grown. My exclamation of "Il Mostro" was met with bemusement from my passenger...





Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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My girlfriend made a reservation of the new A110 after a test drive this summer. As a petrolhead I gave it my full 100% approval wink She was completely in love with how it drove and how it looked (previous daily car was a 2006 BMW Z4M). Yesterday she signed the contract for her dark grey Alpine Legende with 18" Premiere Edition Fuch wheels and sport exhaust... It's her daily car, so she choose the Legende instead of the Pure. It's the 3the ordered A110 in grey and she is the first girl in our country to order A110. Will be cool to see it sitting in our garage next to my grey M2....this will be at the end of 2019.

You can follow her car adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drivediva/






bcr5784

3,580 posts

84 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Franzino said:
My girlfriend made a reservation of the new A110 after a test drive this summer. As a petrolhead I gave it my full 100% approval wink She was completely in love with how it drove and how it looked (previous daily car was a 2006 BMW Z4M). Yesterday she signed the contract for her dark grey Alpine Legende with 18" Premiere Edition Fuch wheels and sport exhaust... It's her daily car, so she choose the Legende instead of the Pure. It's the 3the ordered A110 in grey and she is the first girl in our country to order A110. Will be cool to see it sitting in our garage next to my grey M2....this will be at the end of 2019.

You can follow her car adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drivediva/





Well done her! Did you actually get the PE edition Fuchs wheels? I thought the Legende and Pure could only be specified with monochrome non-diamond cut wheels rather than the dual colour diamond cut ones of the PE. Personally I'm not keen on diamond cut wheels, so I'd probably prefer the Fuchs wheels I thought the Pure and Legende had as options.


Edited by bcr5784 on Friday 28th September 19:55

Prestonese

325 posts

44 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Franzino said:
My girlfriend made a reservation of the new A110 after a test drive this summer. As a petrolhead I gave it my full 100% approval wink She was completely in love with how it drove and how it looked (previous daily car was a 2006 BMW Z4M). Yesterday she signed the contract for her dark grey Alpine Legende with 18" Premiere Edition Fuch wheels and sport exhaust... It's her daily car, so she choose the Legende instead of the Pure. It's the 3the ordered A110 in grey and she is the first girl in our country to order A110. Will be cool to see it sitting in our garage next to my grey M2....this will be at the end of 2019.

You can follow her car adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drivediva/





She has great taste. I had a Z4M prior to the Alpine. I do miss that 7800 RPM rev limit on the zed and I thought the gearbox was very clunky and old fashioned and therefore superb. The Alpine chassis is a lot more fun though.

Both are wonderful cars but in very different and very interesting ways.

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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bcr5784 said:
Well done her! Did you actually get the PE edition Fuchs wheels? I thought the Legende and Pure could only be specified with monochrome non-diamond cut wheels rather than the dual colour diamond cut ones of the PE. Personally I'm not keen on diamond cut wheels, so I'd probably prefer the Fuchs wheels I thought the Pure and Legende had as options.
You can order the PE edition Fuchs wheels as winter or summer from the accessoires catalogue.
https://alpinecars.com/fr/categorie_accessoires/ja...
She ordered them as winter wheels with winter tyres. But the PE edition wheels will become her summer wheels and the Serac wheels the winter wheels (they are going to switch the tyres between the Fuchs and Serac wheels when the car is delivered).

We went to see the Legende in real live at an outdoor carshow and the grey color looked awesome! The comfort seat of the Legende were also nice...and sit low enough at the lowest seating position. She needs to sits higher then me, because she is shorter then me (I'm rather tall). It's my girlfriends car, but I will drive it also when not driving my M2... So fixed bucket seats from the Pure and PE would be a pain to adjust in height (with the bolts) each time when someone else drives the car....and she is also addicted to heated seats in winter time smile



Edited by Franzino on Tuesday 13th November 23:20

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Miserablegit said:
I always said the new engine should have been in the halo model, not the hot hatch.
Was thinking the same..

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Torsby said:
I think for the PE to have been considered truly special it needed to have some trim features that are not available on the Pure/Legende ... I think that’s only true of the wheels.
You can order the PE wheels separately and fit them on a Pure or Legende: https://alpinecars.com/fr/categorie_accessoires/ja...

So only the PE edition emblem in the car and the lower price (for the options in combination with the car) are the things that separate the PE from an equally specced Pure.

Edited by Franzino on Tuesday 13th November 23:24

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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bcr5784 said:
All things being equal I'd prefer to start with a Pure too- the PE has stuff I'm not fussed about (folding mirrors, telematics and probably the big brakes) and the sports exhaust which I would prefer to do without (since it's not switchable).
I was under the impression that the sports exhaust (fitted as standard on the A110) is switchable (louder in sport and race setting). I speak French also, so this is what it says on the Alpine website.




Edited by Franzino on Tuesday 13th November 23:31

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Miserablegit said:
This is mine just after the ceramic / ppf work. It will never be this clean again I fear!

Ho do they do the PPF with the ALPINE letters on the front?

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Last week my girlfriend (who is future owner) was invited to drive the A110 for a couple of laps on track. Our friendly Alpine dealer arranged it that I could come along and drive the car also smile

Very well organised day by Alpine...and also nice to see some other future owners.










Miserablegit

401 posts

48 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Franzino said:
Ho do they do the PPF with the ALPINE letters on the front?
The film is cut to fit around the lettering.

Miserablegit

401 posts

48 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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[quote=Franzino]Last week my girlfriend (who is future owner) was invited to drive the A110 for a couple of laps on track. Our friendly Alpine dealer arranged it that I could come along and drive the car also smile

Very well organised day by Alpine...and also nice to see some other future owners.



Looks a fun day- has gone down like a lead balloon with quite a few owners as the owners had to pay to attend and prospective owners were given it for free...

Anyway onto better news, one of the owner sites made me aware of this:
http://www.litchfieldmotors.com/blog/alpine-a110-e...
Litchfield have got the A110 up to 300bhp and 300lbft.

At the moment I don't need any more power but it's good to have the option when I get used to the power it has...


Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Miserablegit said:
The film is cut to fit around the lettering.
Thanks for the info...I was thinking they removed them and refitted the ALPINE letters on the PPF...

Franzino

210 posts

99 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Miserablegit]ranzino said:
Last week my girlfriend (who is future owner) was invited to drive the A110 for a couple of laps on track. Our friendly Alpine dealer arranged it that I could come along and drive the car also smile

Very well organised day by Alpine...and also nice to see some other future owners.



Looks a fun day- has gone down like a lead balloon with quite a few owners as the owners had to pay to attend and prospective owners were given it for free...

Anyway onto better news, one of the owner sites made me aware of this:
http://www.litchfieldmotors.com/blog/alpine-a110-e...
Litchfield have got the A110 up to 300bhp and 300lbft.

At the moment I don't need any more power but it's good to have the option when I get used to the power it has...
I'm very curious what the final result is going to be from the Litchfield Alpine...the suspension is what I'm also curious about. The power gains are nice, after reading some things about power gains; I was under the impression that the standard Alpine DCT gearbox could only handle a maximum of 320nm (236 lbft). Why would Alpine themselves not calibrate the engine to produce 300bhp instead of 249bhp?

Miserablegit

401 posts

48 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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From the figures it appears the Alpine produces more bhp and torque as standard than reported. This might just be the PE cars as they did not have to be wltp compliant.

I’m guessing the reason alpine didn’t turn up the power was there was no need to and it leaves power in reserve for the anticipated R.S. version.

One-up the Alpine is hitting 100kph in 4.2 seconds in standard PE trim.