Alpine A110 E-ternité debuts with 239 HP and a removable roof panel

Alpine's A110 E-ternité prototype previews its electrified future.

The prototype honors the A110's 60th anniversary and looks to the future in this weekend's French Grand Prix.

The prototype's 60 kWh battery pack uses Mégane E-Tech modules to match the ICE-powered model's "performance, balance, and agility."

Engineers had to develop A110-specific battery casings and optimize weight distribution.

The prototype includes four battery modules in front and eight in back. This gives the car a 42/58 weight distribution, similar to the normal model's 43/57 arrangement.

The battery pack weighs 864 lbs (392 kg), although the car's overall weight has only risen 569 lbs (258 kg). The battery pack gives the vehicle a 261-mile WLTP range (420 km).

The A110 E-ternité sports a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 239 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

The EV's 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) dash takes 4.5 seconds, which is slower than the ICE models. Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h).

The prototype's transmission and suspension are also different. The latter has customized springs, a modified rear anti-roll bar, and Ohlins shocks.

Alpine might have stopped there, but designers wanted a convertible. The prototype incorporates a removable roof panel for open-air driving without sacrificing stiffness.

Another A110 E-ternité prototype has eco-friendly flax components as strong as carbon fiber. Material used on "bonnet, roof, rear window, grille, seat shells, and rear skirt."

In the cabin, the A110 E-ternité uses a driver's tablet as an infotainment display.

Alpine says this creates a "always up-to-date operating system integrated with the newest screen technology." The variant boasts an eight-speaker audio system with two new rear speakers.

The A110 E-ternité is a prototype, but Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo said, "I want to electrify Alpine to retain its reputation forever."