Alpine A110 E-ternite sports car previews electric future

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French sports car maker Alpine is amping up for an all-electric model range, introducing a prototype of its A110 coupe which is less powerful, heavier and can’t drive as far as its petrol counterpart.


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The Alpine A110 sports car is going fully electric for its next generation – as previewed by the French company’s latest prototype.

Based on Alpine’s outgoing A110, the E-ternité was unveiled on Friday as a celebration of the French manufacturer’s 60th anniversary, coinciding with this year’s Formula One French Grand Prix.

Rather than the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder of its petrol-powered donor, the A110 E-ternité is powered by a single electric motor on its rear axle, borrowed from its parent company’s new Renault Megane E-Tech Electric.



Producing 178kW and 300Nm, it makes 7kW and 20Nm less than the least powerful petrol version of the A110 (185kW/320Nm).

The petrol car also quotes a longer driving range of 726km on a tank of petrol, according to Australian fuel economy data, while the electric concept can only run for 440km on a charge.

Weight is up too, with the electric sports car tipping the scales with 258 extra kilograms onboard, largely due to its 392kg battery pack.



Despite making less power and torque – and carrying around a quarter-tonne more – the battery-powered Alpine A110 matches the time needed for the petrol car to reach 100km/h from a standstill, managing the sprint in 4.5 seconds.

Over 1000 metres, the electric A110 will come home nearly a second after the petrol car, pushing on to a top speed of 250km/h.

Whereas the standard Alpine A110 has only ever been sold with a hardtop (sans sunroof), the A110 E-ternité features a removable roof.



Designed to allow open-air driving whilst not impacting the structural rigidity of the car, the roof shell is injected with recycled carbon for extra strength.

Alpine claims the A110 E-ternité retains the same performance, balance and agility of its petrol-powered sibling, fitting uprated Ohlins shocks, stiffer anti-roll bars and a unique two-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s said to retain the characteristics of the base car.

There are no plans to put the Alpine A110 E-ternité into production – instead it has been developed as a showcase of the French company’s future sports cars.



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Alpine recently replaced Renault Sport as the carmaker’s performance brand, announcing plans to launch an electric hot hatch, medium SUV and sports car – with the lattermost to succeed the current A110 and be co-developed with Lotus.

The current-generation Alpine A110 was available in Australia from late 2018 until October 2021, until it was taken off sale due to new side-impact crash regulations – known as Australian Design Rule (ADR) 85 – late last year.

In the three years since it went on sale in September 2018, just 105 Alpine A110s were delivered in Australia.



Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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