Subtle upgrades for

speedy Alpines

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ALPINE, the French maker of enthusiast-focused sports cars has revised its range, which now consists of the A110, the New A110 GT and the New A110 S.

All three revised versions of the A110 line-up are 'characteristically Alpine', and each has its own distinctive character and purpose. In their own way, they treat drivers to three kinds of Alpine experience, says their maker.They come with a four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, paired with a Getrag seven-speed automatic gearbox with a dual wet clutch to deliver the much praised Alpine experience.

The entry-level model, the£49,905 A110features the Alpine chassis and a 248bhp engine offering similar driving characteristics to the original Berlinette -aimed at making the car light, lively and precise.

TheNew Alpine A110 GT(£59,395) is the range's Grand Tourisme sports coupe. With 296bhp it is aimed at achieving a fine balance between performance and comfort. Alpine says the A110 GT is a sports car perfectly suited to everyday and long-distance driving, as well as more involved drives on twisty roads.

TheNew Alpine A110S(£59,995) sits at the top of the revised range, focused on performance with 298bhp and a unique Sports chassis. Optional semi-slick tyres and a new custom-made aerodynamic body kit brings enhanced thrills, precision and enjoyment - especially on track.

All three versions have a top speed of 170mph, with the entry level model hitting 62mph in 4.5 seconds; the two more powerful versions hit that speed in 4.2 seconds.

To maximise driving pleasure, each version of the Alpine A110 comes with three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Sport and Track.

Normal mode is geared more towards comfort, while Sport mode is optimised for more dynamic driving and gear shifting - including the capability of shifting gears down and increasing engine revs (for the kind of smart boost you get from double clutching) between shifting up through the transmission.

The throttle and engine response, power steering's sensitivity, gear-shifting rules, and exhaust valve activation all change according to the mode the driver selects. This also applies to the ESC system, which can also be deactivated at the touch of a button.

Alpine is fitting its new A110 range with a new multimedia system including a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and two USB outlets. It is smartphone-inspired, intuitive with customisable widgets, and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The controls behind the steering wheel activate voice recognition so that you can control your smartphone's operating system or run Google Online Search for addresses. The onboard navigation system provides a wealth of information in real time, including traffic updates and upcoming service stations including fuel prices.

The Alpine Telematics menu (standard on the New A110 S) includes real-time readings or bar charts displaying key metrics such as turbo pressure, gearbox temperature, torque, power, steering wheel angle and acceleration, while the built-in chronograph keeps track of performance on circuits.

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