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Alpine A110 - best performance cars

The lightweight Alpine A110 delivers a pure driving experience to go along with its quirky retro looks.

Alpine A110 - best performance cars

The Alpine A110 is a lightweight, driver-focused car which captures much of the original model from the 1960s. However, the rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe is no ordinary performance machine - available with either 248bhp or 288bhp, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a bit underpowered. But, the key secret to its success is in its distinct lack of mass, as all versions weigh under 1,200kg.

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The A110 is much lighter than rivals like the Porsche 718 Cayman and Audi TT RS. So, it can cope with a drop in power over its competitors as it has less metal to shift around. At first glance, the Alpine's 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine looks no match for the Audi's 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit, but it more than matches up on the road. It also sounds pretty good and loves to be revved.

The A110's price tag of almost £50,000 might seem a little steep when compared to the polished finish of certain rivals, but it oozes style and offers a supremely engaging drive.

Alpine claims the A110 with 248bhp should sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, while the S version with 288bhp is a tenth quicker at 4.4 seconds. Rivals offer more power, but make no mistake, this is still a mightily quick sports car.

Top 10 best performance cars 2021

  1. Porsche 911
  2. McLaren 570S
  3. Aston Martin Vantage
  4. Ferrari F8 Tributo
  5. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
  6. Alpine A110
  7. Caterham Seven
  8. BMW M5 Competition
  9. Honda Civic Type R
  10. Ford Fiesta ST
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