Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The Alpine A110 also known as the "Berlinette" was a sports car produced by the French manufacturer Alpine from 1961 to 1977. The A110 was powered by various Renault engines.

The Alpine A110 was introduced in 1961 as an evolution of the A108. Like other road-going Alpines the A110 made heavy use of mass-produced Renault parts. But while the A108 was designed around Dauphine components, the A110 was updated to use R8 parts. Like the A108 available first as a cabriolet and later as a Coupé, the A110 was delivered first with "Berlinetta" bodyworks and then as a cabriolet. The main visible difference with the A108 Coupé was a restyling of the rear body to fit the bigger engines, and that gave the car a more aggressive look. Like the A108, the A110 featured a steel backbone chassis with fiberglass body. This design was influenced by the Lotus Elan, Colin Chapman being a major source of inspiration for Alpine designers at that time. The A110 was originally available with 1.1 L R8 Major or R8 Gordini engines. The Gordini engine delivered 95 hp SAE at 6500 rpm.

Manufacturer Alpine
Parent company Renault
Production 1961-1973
Predecessor Alpine A108
Successor Alpine A310
Class Sports car
Body style(s) 2-door coupé
Layout RR layout
Engine(s) 1.1 L, 1.2 L, and 1.3 L R8 Major/Gordini I4
1.5 L Lotus Europa I4
1.3 L and 1.6 L Renault I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase (2.271 m) 89.4 in
Length (4.05 m) 159 in
Width (1.50 m) 59.1 in
Curb weight 806 kg (1,777 lb)

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