The Alpine A110 impressed everyone when it debuted with its beastly sports car innards. But it also angered stateside folks — Alpine still refuses to bring this ride to the United States. That isn’t changing for the more aggressive new flagship, the Alpine A110S.

Now on its third version, the Alpine A110S joins the A110 Pure and A110 Légende that brought back Alpine on the road. The most expensive and powerful of the bunch, the Alpine A110S has a very different character, says Alpine’s chief engineer.

“Its bespoke chassis setup makes it a very focused sports car. High-speed stability and handling precision are two of its defining characteristics. Although lap times are never a priority for our road cars, the new A110S is nonetheless faster than the A110 ‘s other versions.”

The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine now boasts 288 ponies, up nearly 40 over the earlier rides. Torque is a beastly 236 pound-feet, sticking around its peak for 1,400 rpm — higher than the base A110. There’s a rear-wheel drive, like before, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. But there’s a new brake-based e-differential system that features a new cornering behavior.

The Alpine A110S has better high-speed stability, more responsive steering, and revamped handling precision, says Alpine. As for the styling, you’ll find dark-finished wheels, carbon fiber all over, and orange brake calipers. It’s even got an exclusive Gris Tonnerre matte finish paint option. Optional, too, is a carbon fiber gloss-finish roof, and so is lightweight Fuchs forged alloy wheels. More info when you hit the link below.


Photos courtesy of Alpine