There’s no question that the Alpine A110 is a great sports car, but the glide doesn’t seem like one of its strong points. And for good reason: even the Stig has trouble keeping it gliding!
Sometimes the Stig finds it stronger than him. In the last video of the “STIG DRIFTS” series, our British colleagues from Top Gear have placed the famous helmeted pilot behind the wheel of the French sportswoman while the weather conditions were perfect. As usual, the chosen micro circuit is called Longcross.
Recently we’ve seen the Stig glide along with a Toyota Supra, a Mercedes-AMG E63s Break and even behind the wheel of James Bond’s DB5. However, unlike the German station wagon and the Toyota Supra, the A110 proved to be quite difficult to slide.
Despite perfect weight distribution, low weight and rather reasonable power for a car of this size, the tricolor berlinetta is struggling to let go. Too much grip, slight lack of power? But why can’t the famous Stig – who has already proven himself in terms of driving and sliding on the track – can not do what he wants with the Alpine A110?
The A110: too good for the Stig?
Despite the British origins of the Stig and the chauvinism shown when it comes to the Alpine A110, we will not go so far as to say that the sports tricolor is too efficient for the helmeted pilot, but we must find an explanation.
Recall first that the car has a turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder in the rear central position which develops 252 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. The block is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends all the power to the rear wheels only. Alpine claims the A110 can knock down the 0-100 km / h sprint in just 4.5 seconds, and that it is capable of pushing up to 250 km / h.
Alas, while the little sports coupe looks well-designed enough to tackle corners and small pins, it isn’t made for slipping. This is a pretty good sign, it means that she will certainly perform better than her competitors on the track, but it makes her less playful. Too bad the Stig! He should have tried with an Alpine A110S …