Re : The Alpine A110 (finally) cometh | PH Fleet

Re : The Alpine A110 (finally) cometh | PH Fleet

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100 OCTANE

67 posts

44 months

Monday 13th January
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bcr5784 said:
Yes the buckets are standard and the only option on the Pure (and S) but not available on the Legende. imo they are the seats to have if they fit you and you don't need to adjust the height or backrest. They are super comfortable over long journeys. Incidentally the door pockets Dan mentions which are the best fix for the abysmal lack of standard internal storage only work properly with the bucket seats - the Legende seats are too wide.


Edited by bcr5784 on Sunday 12th January 17:44
Can you please post a picture of the door pockets.

a110au

13 posts

Monday 13th January
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I did 5 or so continuous hours in the seat today, trying to get through run-in period. used 2/3rds of a tank of fuel.

Some observations:
The rear view isn't that bad. Yeah its a letterbox but I always knew what was going on. the rear vision mirror could be made smaller with no loss of actual vision.

I forgot how noisy some smaller cars are on coarse chip road. The a110 is no exception.

The engine/exhaust doesn't drone at a steady 110kmh.

you can drive very enthusiastically on twisty roads and up and down switchbacks while hardly seeing an intake pressure above negative mbar.

The fixed seats didn't give me back ache but after 5 hours I was definitely ready to walk around.

The cupholder isn't a cupholder it is a shallow hole to plug the ashtray in. Why put an ashtray there? no idea. I have a twin cupholder from ebay to try out, it fits into the 6.5cm diameter 3 cm deep circle and offers two cupholders. If necessary I will double sided tape it in.

The focal stereo is v good. Not even the one with the sub, just the four speaker one. good clarity and clear sound.

The telemetrics are useful and interesting.

The brakes are excellent and I like that they are not over servo’d you can really pick and choose any intensity of very heavy braking.

The 4cylinder spins freely, it has a touch of 4 pot motorbike engine to it. A certain whir and lack of inertia and vibration. The fans run for a long time after you turn it off. The stop start system tripped over itself once, it turned off, but immediately on again (for whatever reason, ac or brake) and it was ungraceful.

anywhere you park people check it out.

a110au

13 posts

Monday 13th January
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100 OCTANE said:
Can you please post a picture of the door pockets.
they are like long rectangular flute case sized things

Miserablegit

1,113 posts

58 months

Monday 13th January
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a110au said:
I did 5 or so continuous hours in the seat today, trying to get through run-in period. used 2/3rds of a tank of fuel.

Some observations:
The rear view isn't that bad. Yeah its a letterbox but I always knew what was going on. the rear vision mirror could be made smaller with no loss of actual vision.

I forgot how noisy some smaller cars are on coarse chip road. The a110 is no exception.

The engine/exhaust doesn't drone at a steady 110kmh.

you can drive very enthusiastically on twisty roads and up and down switchbacks while hardly seeing an intake pressure above negative mbar.

The fixed seats didn't give me back ache but after 5 hours I was definitely ready to walk around.

The cupholder isn't a cupholder it is a shallow hole to plug the ashtray in. Why put an ashtray there? no idea. I have a twin cupholder from ebay to try out, it fits into the 6.5cm diameter 3 cm deep circle and offers two cupholders. If necessary I will double sided tape it in.

The focal stereo is v good. Not even the one with the sub, just the four speaker one. good clarity and clear sound.

The telemetrics are useful and interesting.

The brakes are excellent and I like that they are not over servo’d you can really pick and choose any intensity of very heavy braking.

The 4cylinder spins freely, it has a touch of 4 pot motorbike engine to it. A certain whir and lack of inertia and vibration. The fans run for a long time after you turn it off. The stop start system tripped over itself once, it turned off, but immediately on again (for whatever reason, ac or brake) and it was ungraceful.

anywhere you park people check it out.
There was a recall for the fan connector and that seems to have stopped them running on for too long.
If you run the car in sport then it turns stop start off. It’s not a bad idea to run the car in whilst using sport as it will change gear more readily and won’t hold the engine at the same revs for as long as normal - just be careful with right foot.

otolith

39,507 posts

153 months

Monday 13th January
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Gary C said:
otolith said:
Some people are more aware of (and/or bothered by) lag than others.
ahhh, but is that turbo lag or clarkson lag.
Being below the boost threshold is impossible not to notice but also trivial to avoid by being in the right gear. Lag when going from a small to a large throttle opening is less noticeable but can't be avoided.

100 OCTANE

67 posts

44 months

Monday 13th January
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a110au said:
100 OCTANE said:
Can you please post a picture of the door pockets.
they are like long rectangular flute case sized things
Thanks. How is it attached?

100 OCTANE

67 posts

44 months

Monday 13th January
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a110au said:
I did 5 or so continuous hours in the seat today, trying to get through run-in period. used 2/3rds of a tank of fuel.

Some observations:
The rear view isn't that bad. Yeah its a letterbox but I always knew what was going on. the rear vision mirror could be made smaller with no loss of actual vision.

I forgot how noisy some smaller cars are on coarse chip road. The a110 is no exception.

The engine/exhaust doesn't drone at a steady 110kmh.

you can drive very enthusiastically on twisty roads and up and down switchbacks while hardly seeing an intake pressure above negative mbar.

The fixed seats didn't give me back ache but after 5 hours I was definitely ready to walk around.

The cupholder isn't a cupholder it is a shallow hole to plug the ashtray in. Why put an ashtray there? no idea. I have a twin cupholder from ebay to try out, it fits into the 6.5cm diameter 3 cm deep circle and offers two cupholders. If necessary I will double sided tape it in.

The focal stereo is v good. Not even the one with the sub, just the four speaker one. good clarity and clear sound.

The telemetrics are useful and interesting.

The brakes are excellent and I like that they are not over servo’d you can really pick and choose any intensity of very heavy braking.

The 4cylinder spins freely, it has a touch of 4 pot motorbike engine to it. A certain whir and lack of inertia and vibration. The fans run for a long time after you turn it off. The stop start system tripped over itself once, it turned off, but immediately on again (for whatever reason, ac or brake) and it was ungraceful.

anywhere you park people check it out.
Yes, for a car that pushes along a bit, they’re economical

bcr5784

4,142 posts

94 months

Monday 13th January
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100 OCTANE said:
Can you please post a picture of the door pockets.
If you watch Dan's video the door pocket is shown. He (and I ) have fitted it on the driver's side though the instructions say you shouldn't. It's for fear that it might slip forward under heavy braking, but in reality the velcro fixing is so secure that unless you put lead bars in the pocket there is absolutely no chance of it shifting. Pricey at 60odd pounds each but far better than the ripoff "storage package". You can also take the instructions out of the nice pouch and use the pouch as storage for a few odds and sods.


Edited by bcr5784 on Monday 13th January 17:24

Helicopter123

6,906 posts

105 months

Monday 13th January
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a110au said:
The cupholder isn't a cupholder it is a shallow hole to plug the ashtray in. Why put an ashtray there? no idea. I have a twin cupholder from ebay to try out, it fits into the 6.5cm diameter 3 cm deep circle and offers two cupholders. If necessary I will double sided tape it in.

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Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?

bcr5784

4,142 posts

94 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?
Let's agree it's crap. So is the Cayman handbrake underneath the dash only convenient for those with a 6 inch limb growing out of their right kneecap. Regrettably I've yet to come across a car which I couldn't lambast for some similar ergonomic faux pas.

Miserablegit

1,113 posts

58 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?
Yes the Caysters have far far better cup holders and vanity mirrors. I’m regretting my purchase every time I need to pluck my eyebrows behind the wheel...

yonex

16,189 posts

117 months

Monday 13th January
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Miserablegit said:
Yes the Caysters have far far better cup holders and vanity mirrors. I’m regretting my purchase every time I need to pluck my eyebrows behind the wheel...
rofl

a110au

13 posts

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?
It does not have a cup holder.
so if you want a cup holder you have to buy an aftermarket one. Does your car come with a phone holder or did you shop for one on amazon and “gaffer tape” one to your dashboard or windscreen?

Gad-Westy

9,759 posts

162 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
a110au said:
The cupholder isn't a cupholder it is a shallow hole to plug the ashtray in. Why put an ashtray there? no idea. I have a twin cupholder from ebay to try out, it fits into the 6.5cm diameter 3 cm deep circle and offers two cupholders. If necessary I will double sided tape it in.

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Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?
Totally valid question. First thing they should get right on a driver's car. Shame on you Alpine! What were you thinking? And that goes for you as well Caterham, Pagani, Radical et al. Up your game!

Helicopter123

6,906 posts

105 months

Monday 13th January
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Miserablegit said:
Helicopter123 said:
Hang on, this is a £50k car and you are having to gaffer tape a cup holder onto you dash?
Yes the Caysters have far far better cup holders and vanity mirrors. I’m regretting my purchase every time I need to pluck my eyebrows behind the wheel...
What has the Porsche Cayman/Boxster got to do with this? Are you obsessed?

Miserablegit

1,113 posts

58 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
What has the Porsche Cayman/Boxster got to do with this? Are you obsessed?
Says the Porsche fan boy who continues to haunt the Alpine threads...

Helicopter123

6,906 posts

105 months

Monday 13th January
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Miserablegit said:
Helicopter123 said:
What has the Porsche Cayman/Boxster got to do with this? Are you obsessed?
Says the Porsche fan boy who continues to haunt the Alpine threads...
I like the Alpine a lot, just surprised with the constant need to compare it with the Cayman.

DoubleD

10,218 posts

57 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
I like the Alpine a lot, just surprised with the constant need to compare it with the Cayman.
Why wouldn't it be compared to a cayman?

rockin

7,207 posts

194 months

Monday 13th January
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Miserablegit said:
Says the Porsche fan boy who continues to haunt the Alpine threads...
It's always impressive to see such wit and repartee on PH.

What are you driving these days?

rockin

7,207 posts

194 months

Monday 13th January
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Helicopter123 said:
I like the Alpine a lot, just surprised with the constant need to compare it with the Cayman.
Agreed. The similarly priced Exige V6 has barely had a mention in this thread. Massively quicker and, dare I say it, a manual gearbox for "real enthusiast drivers".