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AT A TIME when car-mak­ers are all vy­ing for their mar­ket share in SUVs or crossovers, one brand is aim­ing to buck the trend by com­bin­ing her­itage and technology in the per­fect sportscar pack­age. The Alpine A110 Ber­linette may not have been sold in the UK for very long, but its rep­u­ta­tion for ral­ly­ing back in the Six­ties and Seven­ties pre­cedes it – and the risk has proved worth tak­ing.

The A110 has been de­signed from the ground up by a small team based in France but there are some clear trans­fers from the orig­i­nal model, such as the bon­net spine, twin aux­il­iary lamps and de­sign sculpted into the door.

Just like in ev­ery­thing has been di­alled up to 11 and the sense of style com­bined with clever en­gi­neer­ing de­vel­op­ments has cre­ate a car founder Jean Redele would be proud of.

The A110 fea­tures the 1.8-litre four­cylin­der en­gine taken from the Re­nault Me­gane. As the car is mid-en­gined, weight is dis­trib­uted close to 50/50 with the cen­tre of grav­ity poised around the driver’s hips. It pro­duces 248bhp and 320Nm of torque, giv­ing it a 0-60mph time of merely 4.3 sec­onds be­fore it car­ries on to a po­ten­tial top speed of 156mph.

Although it’s tur­bocharged, throt­tle re­sponse and power de­liv­ery are al­most in­stant, while it also pro­duces an in­cred­i­ble noise that’s un­likely to dis­ap­point. Econ­omy fig­ures are re­spectable, too, with a com­bined cy­cle of 46.3mpg and emis­sions pegged at 138g/km.

The A110 feels both in­spir­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing. Di­rect steer­ing and the weight dis­tri­bu­tion en­ables me to power ef­fort­lessly around cor­ners.

With pe­tite di­men­sions – the car is 4.18m long, 1.8m wide and 1.28 high – nav­i­gat­ing the Alpine along the nar­row­est of roads doesn’t cause any scares.

Cur­rently, the A110 is only avail­able in this Pre­miere Edi­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll be sorely dis­ap­pointed. Only 1955 were pro­duced, in hon­our of the year the brand was cre­ated, and they sold out in five days.

The Pre­miere comes in one set-up, with the stan­dard in­fo­tain­ment paired with Fo­cal speak­ers. While there’s a choice of colours,

The new Alpine A110 pro­duces 248bhp from a 1.8-litre four­cylin­der en­gine

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