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Saturday 15 June 2019

Alpine unveils new Alpine A110S

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Alpine unveils new Alpine A110S

With an intense sports car persona and assertive styling, the A110S joins the A110 Pure and A110 Légende in the Alpine model range. Assuming a position at the top of the line-up, the A110S is a lightweight coupe characterised by high engine power, a focused chassis setup and refined design elements.

The A110S has been engineered to deliver precise handling response and exacting high-speed stability. Sophisticated styling flourishes inside and out, as well the use of high-end materials such as carbon fibre and Dinamica upholstery, amplify the car’s purposeful nature. It is engaging to drive at all speeds while still being comfortable in everyday use.

With engine power increased by 40PS over existing versions of the A110, the S is the fastest and most powerful version in the range. The characterful 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine remains, but turbocharger boost pressure is increased by 0.4bar to deliver greater performance. The peak power output of 292PS arrives at 6400rpm, some 400rpm higher up the rev range than the other versions ‘maximum power output.

Torque is rated at 320Nm and is available from 2000rpm to 6400rpm which is 1400rmp higher than on the 252PS engine.

Consequently, the A110S’s engine is not only more powerful, but also more thrilling in its delivery. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission. A brake-based e-differential system, meanwhile, ensures the A110S delivers very sharp and immediate drive away from a corner with minimal wheelspin. The new horsepower figure means the A110S has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.8kg/PS, which compares favourably to the other versions’ 4.3kg/PS. It sprints to 100kph from standstill in 4.4 seconds.

At its core a true Alpine, the A110S is a mid-engined, two-seat sports weighs 1114kg. Approachable and undemanding to drive, the A110S is faithful to Alpine’s underlying principles of lightweight engineering, compact dimensions and performance through agility.

Priced €66,500 before options, the A110S is available for booking immediately and the first cars will appear in showrooms in October. Deliveries are due to begin before the end of the year.

Alpine unveils new Alpine A110S

Saturday 15 June 2019

One hundred-thousand FCA FireFly Turbo engines made

The one hundred-thousandth FireFly Turbo engine (Global Small Engine - GSE Project) was made Thursday in the FCA Powertrain plant in Bielsko-Biała (Poland), one of the most innovative engine factories in the world and World Class Manufacturing Gold Medal holder since 2012.

The one hundred-thousandth engine was a FireFly Turbo 1.0 and, together with the 1.3-litre version, is yet another confirmation of the engineering supremacy of the Group.

Not unlike their namesake, the new FireFly Turbo engines are the most compact and cleanest power source currently fitted on Fiat ...

Saturday 15 June 2019

DRB-Hicom (Proton) in connected car services JV with Altel, Ecarx

DRB-Hicom, the majority owner of Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton Holdings, is joining forces with local company Altel Communications and China's Ecarx (Hubei) Technology to provide connected car services in Malaysia.

Through its Proton Edar subsidiary, DRB-Hicom has agreed to establish a partnership dedicated to the development and sale of vehicle connectivity, digital cockpit, safety, autonomous vehicle and Internet of Things (IoT) services in relation to the local automotive industry.

DRB-Hicom said the partnership «Will create an opportunity for the Proton group to establish a car connectivity research ...