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The praise is universal for the Alpine A110, with some even going as far as declaring it a better sports car than the Porsche 718 Cayman.

Of course the French have proven that they know how to build an exciting car in the past but to knock it out of the park in the first try with the reborn Alpine A110 has to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Based on an all-new aluminum architecture with double wishbones all around, the new Alpine A110 is a lightweight mid-engine sports car that wants to make the driver happy, instead of just playing the numbers’ game.

The engineers injected the car with old-school brilliance, opting for passive dampers instead of adaptive ones, finely tuned to give the A110 the best possible feedback and handling possible.

Combined with the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that makes 247hp and 236lb-ft of torque which has to move just 1,080kg (2,380lbs), the Alpine A110 is capable of hitting 62mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds but the real magic happens in the corners.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection reviews the new Alpine A110, and if you were sad that it won’t cross the Atlantic already, prepare to feel even more left out after the video that follows.

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