Why should I want it?
Alpine is Renault’s sports car brand, resurrected with the new A110 model. It’s a lightweight mid-engined sports coupe, and is nothing short of sensational to drive. The power figure of 252hp may not sound a great deal, but the A110 weighs just over 1100kg, which is basically nothing – it’s lighter than a Ford Fiesta. The compact dimensions help create a nimble and incredibly grin-inducing car.
Why can’t I have it?
It has only two seats, and boot space isn’t enough for a big shopping trip at 100 litres of flat, square space in the front and 96 litres of deeper but narrow load area in the back. Availability could also be an issue in the short term.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
This level of performance, fun and style for under 140g/km isn’t available anywhere else, thanks to the Alpine being powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine. On top of that, a residual value of more than 40% is also helpful from a running-costs perspective.
A More sensible alternative
The only other car that really embraces the lightweight sporting two-seat vibe is the Mazda MX-5, and the top-spec GT Sport Nav version of the roadster can be had for half the price of the Alpine. Admittedly, emissions from the 184hp MX-5 are actually higher, at 156g/km, but residuals are excellent at 42.3%.
|Alpine 110 Premiere Edition|