Hardcore swan song for brand’s final gas car

By automotive-mag.com 3 Min Read

Alpine has been spotted testing a new version of its A110 mid-engine sports car, which appears to be more extreme than the already hardcore A110 R launched in 2022.

The new version may resemble the A110 R to the casual observer, but a closer inspection reveals additional features aimed at improving track times.

These include flics on the front fascia, a small stabilizing fin on the engine cover, a larger rear wing with manual adjustment, the addition of a ducktail spoiler, and on the latest prototype new baffles or air curtains on the flanks of the rear fascia.

The wheels are also a new design (the A110 R uses 18-inch carbon-fiber wheels with aero discs) and it appears the brakes are a different design to those found on the A110 R.

2025 Alpine A110 RS spy shots – Photo credit: Baldauf

It isn’t clear if a more powerful version of the A110’s 1.8-liter turbo-4 is being tested. The engine’s output currently peaks at 296 hp in both the A110 R and lesser A110 S. The sole transmission offered in the A110 range is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and this should be unchanged in any future A110 variant.

Should the car go into production, it isn’t clear what such a model would be called, though RS or perhaps even Trophy, both designations used by Alpine’s Renault parent on high-performance models, may be the route Alpine takes.

Alpine hasn’t announced plans for a new A110 variant but with the company set to transition to a fully electric brand shortly, a hardcore special may be used to bid farewell to the internal-combustion engine. Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon has even been spotted driving a prototype.

Alpine F1 driver Esteban Ocon tests 2025 A110 RS at the Nürburgring - Photo credit: Baldauf

Alpine F1 driver Esteban Ocon tests 2025 A110 RS at the Nürburgring – Photo credit: Baldauf

Alpine has already announced an EV lineup of seven models to be launched this decade. The first is the A290 hot hatch based on the recently revealed Renault 5 E-Tech. The A290 is set to debut in June on the sidelines of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where we might also see the new A110 variant.

A redesigned A110 will also form part of the future EV lineup. It’s currently due around 2026.

Some of the electric Alpines will reach the U.S. The French performance marque last year said it plans to start U.S. sales in 2027. A pair of crossovers in the same segments as Porsche’s Macan and Cayenne are thought to be the first arrivals.

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