RE: Alpine A110 | PH Fleet

RE: Alpine A110 | PH Fleet

Sunday 20th October

Alpine A110 | PH Fleet

Prosser has concerns he's gone wrong with the specs of his A110, until he meets it in the metal...



I know what the most nervous thing on the road is. It's me, moments after slipping away from the dealership in my brand new and pristine Alpine A110, into the busy rush hour traffic of an unfamiliar city. You should have seen the gaps I was leaving to cars in front. I gave kerb stones such a wide berth white van drivers were diving up the inside. But after waiting most of this year for it, and precisely one month after seeing it on the production line at the factory in Dieppe, I am finally in possession of my new car.

I arrived at Alpine Manchester - by no means my nearest Alpine dealership but by all accounts the best - to be met by the unfailingly helpful Ian and my A110, which was resting quietly underneath a skinny-fit black dust cover. I'm entirely new to this new car buying thing and had no idea what to expect of the day. Before we pulled the cover off I signed some paperwork, showed a couple of forms of ID, poked around a display car with the dealership's Alpine technician for 10 minutes and grew ever more twitchy. I just wanted to see my car.


The truth is, I wasn't entirely convinced by the spec I'd chosen. I wasn't sure if the Thunder Grey paint was going to be brooding enough to bring out to the A110's meaner side, or if it would look ultra metallic and a bit, I don't know...luxe. And I wondered if I'd cocked up in not speccing the blue brake callipers. But the instant the cover was peeled back, I was made up. I know others will think it bland but for me it's just so, and I reckon the grey paint is just the right shade and texture. I don't think the blue callipers would have worked with the grey bodywork, while the 18-inch Fuchs wheels look spot on.

What a relief. I had a gander around the cabin and asked for the Sabelt seats to be dropped to their lowest position. Half an hour later I was ready to head back to Bristol, happy as anything, but not at all prepared for that strange brand of anxiety known only to first-time new car buyers. It was horrible. In some ways I am a meticulous person - have you seen my kitchen worktop? - but with my cars, owned personally or on loan, I tend to take the view that they're made to be driven and as a result of that, they will not remain immaculate for long.


But it almost felt like a shame to drag this virginal, unmarked thing out of the equally pristine showroom and place it on the highway where stones and road filth and careless drivers swarm in all directions. The car's bodywork will never look as clean as it did that moment, nor will the interior carpets ever be so free of dust and muck. I hate myself for being bothered by that, but there we are. I'll get over it.

I'm going to have paint protection applied very soon so I can relax into ownership a little, rather than stressing every moment about little stone chips and scrapes. Then I'll just get on with it. As I type, I've only driven the car directly from Manchester to Bristol. It still feels too new to sit in. The official Alpine line on running in says 1,800 miles below 3,500rpm, which seems a lot. My annual mileage limit is 8,000 (more than enough given most of my time is spent in press cars) and if I followed that in a linear way, the car wouldn't be run in until January.


Sod that. I'm told 1,000 miles will be more than sufficient, so the plan is to tick off that distance as swiftly as possible, letting the brakes and tyres settle in first, then building up gradually towards the upper reaches of the rev range. The odometer was showing only 25 miles when I collected the car, but that journey home made a decent dent in the 1,000 mile target. I'll knock off another 300 or so over the weekend. The car feels like it needs a little time to loosen up. It's tense, like a knotty shoulder in need of a massage - the engine is tight and the gearbox a little jerky when coming to a halt. I'll see how those things develop over the coming miles.

So I've got the car but I'm still waiting. Waiting for those 1,000 miles to roll around so I can finally drive the thing the way it wants to be driven. And waiting to stop feeling nervous, so I can begin to enjoy owning this thing as much as I know I will.


Car: Alpine A110
Run by: Dan
On fleet since: Oct 2019
Mileage: 25
List price new: Β£50,000
Last month at a glance: The long wait is over. Let the running in begin


Find an Alpine here

Author
Discussion

Billy_Whizzzz

Original Poster:

1,201 posts

91 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Lovely. Looked long and hard at these a year ago but in the end plumped for an M2Comp. I had similar feelings when I drove it out of the dealership re grime and stone chips. Enjoy. Hope to see you in it as I’m only a few miles from Bristol. Maybe a back to back test?!

Craikeybaby

9,089 posts

173 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Congratulations Dan!

I saw my first A110 on the road earlier in the week, it looked amazing, and tiny, amongst all the regular traffic. I was in my MR2 Roadster, so nice to have something a similar size on the road.

Miserablegit

934 posts

57 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Good to see you collected it from Manchester - Ian is extremely helpful.
Drive it in sport and keep the revs down but once you are able to use the full rev range the car comes alive.

blue al

138 posts

107 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Needs blue calipers ...

Nerdherder

1,650 posts

45 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Looks fantastic, congratulations Dan! The rising enjoyment while the car and you loosen up during the run-in miles is something to truly look forward to.

plumslikerocks

8 posts

34 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Grey with blue calipers works!

springfan62

367 posts

24 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Manchester Alpine +1

I wouldn't worry too much about the blue calipers they don't drive any differently.

I always put premium unleaded in mine, drives better and improves the mpg.

1000 miles should be enough before you hit sport mode though, above all enjoy!

chelme

704 posts

118 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Good choices!

Tcooc168

44 posts

4 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
IMO... that is one ugly car argue

cerb4.5lee

13,028 posts

128 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Congratulations! thumbup

Enjoy it. driving

Paul_M3

1,382 posts

133 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
I always thought if I bought one of these it would have to be in blue.

I’ve just changed my mind. I think it looks much better in grey.

I haven’t seen pictures of grey with blue callipers, but I don’t think I’d spec them either.

MDL111

3,969 posts

125 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Congratulations on your new car - looks great
I wish you many happy miles with it

Bright Halo

856 posts

183 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
I am not normally a fan of grey cars but it suits the A110 really well.
Gorgeous looking car, enjoy.
I wonder if it was kept below 3,500 rpm during its first 25miles?

edwheels

165 posts

94 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
It looks perfect. I think you have chosen a great colour and whatever colour callipers it has hardly matters - those wheels look fantastic.

I haven’t had many new cars and none for years, but I do remember how it feels when you first drive them out of the showroom - it’s absolutely nerve wracking.

Looking forward to reading more about your ownership - I adore these cars - just different enough from the default choices out there - small and driver focused... non flashy but incredibly appealing to that tiny percentage of drivers who know a bit about cars, car history and driving - quite a rare thing!



bcr5784

3,973 posts

93 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Paul_M3 said:
I always thought if I bought one of these it would have to be in blue.

I’ve just changed my mind. I think it looks much better in grey.

I haven’t seen pictures of grey with blue callipers, but I don’t think I’d spec them either.
I think it's a pity that both the blue calipers and the orange ones (only available and mandated on the S) are not optional on all models. Orange does not work with a blue car, but does with a grey one.


Edited by bcr5784 on Sunday 20th October 10:36

Miserablegit

934 posts

57 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Oh, I don’t know bcr, I always liked the Gulf livery

Julian Thompson

1,191 posts

186 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Fantastic! Enjoy your new car - it looks great and I do think specifying everything yourself really is an exciting process and it must have been a great feeling to see the thing completed finally!

Once one starts viewing cars as art one tends to be stuck in an ever contradictory battle between perfection and patinated....

egor110

12,111 posts

151 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
If your in Bristol a couple of weekends around exmoor and the brecons will get the mileage up .

Car looks lovely , enjoy .

Niffty951

1,852 posts

176 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Congratulations! I look forward to reading your experiences with this as time and comfort grow. It's a different experience to collect a new car that is a choice of the heart, there are so few choices available in 2019 for those who love the practice of driving.

Had the same spec anxiety over my car before I picked it up but immediately fell in love when I saw it. Likewise your A110 looks stunning in grey.

Time to plan a trip with your car and get those miles up sooner. I've done Cornwall & Wales so far, Scotland is booked already and then its time for its first track day! I've had my 69 plate mx-5 ND2 6 weeks now and by the end of Scotland it will be well over 6,000 miles smile

redroadster

1,030 posts

180 months

Sunday 20th October
quotequote all
Sales are strong ,a targa panel roof would be my only ask hope they make one .