Even with a relatively meagre 249bhp from its 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, the Alpine A110 is not slow. Mainly, we suspect, because it weighs just 1,103kg. It will hit 100kph in around 4.5 seconds (we managed 0-97kph in 4.62 seconds), and that’s not bad at all.
But TG law says more speed is almost always better. So, enter the Litchfield Alpine A110. Thanks to an ECU upgrade, it makes 296bhp and 393Nm, increases of 47bhp and 73Nm over standard. Litchfield says the tune, which costs £995 and requires no physical modifications, is “individually calibrated to each customer’s car”, and isn’t just about outright power. The fully reversible tune also “ensures that low speed behaviour and partial throttle performance is smooth, progressive and ‘OEM+’ in its delivery” it says.
Litchfield hasn’t released any performance figures for its tuned Alpine, but a sub-4 second 0-100kph time must surely be within its grasp. If that’s still not fast enough for you, though, the tuner’s forthcoming ‘Stage 2’ upgrade adds a bespoke exhaust and high-flow sports catalyst for 315bhp. And more noise, obviously.