When people say entry level supercar, they are usually referring to a car like the Ferrari 488, the Lamborghini Huracan, or something slightly slower like a McLaren 570s. The problem here is that these cars aren’t “entry level” at all. The Huracan starts at $200,000. The 488 starts at $250,000. Even the notably cheap R8 starts at $140,000. This doesn’t scream “entry level” to me. So what is?
How about the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, Italian exotic we call the 4C. The Alfa Romeo 4C has a 1.75L 4 cylinder engine making a respectable 240 hp. It does 0-60 in a solid 4.5 seconds and has a head-turning design like its big brothers. The kicker? A well-equipped 4C can be had for less than $80,000. That sounds much more entry-level to me.
The Alpine A110 comes in two trims, the base level called “Clean” and the upper level called “Legend”. The A110 comes in this beautiful shade of blue called “Alpine Blue”. It costs 1,800 Euros. I especially like how the A110 has an option for a GoPro mount at the back of the cabin so you can film yourself when driving on tracks and in other YouTube-worthy scenarios. Adjusted to dollars and raised due to America’s exchange rate, a well-equipped A110 comes in around $75,000. The A110 has a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine with 250 hp and also does the 0-60 run in 4.5 seconds.
While both interiors combine retro themes with modern tech and are great too look at, I prefer the interior of the 4C simply because it looks like Alfa put in a bit for effort to make the cabin feel more special than a regular luxury coupe. Both cars have body color accents in the interior. I’d give some good marks to Alpine for making the controls accessible to both occupants despite the fact that the driver-oriented feel of the Alfa is better for the intended use of these cars.
If I had to choose one of these to buy and own, I would go for the Alpine. It is priced cheaper, it’s more livable, and I think it looks better. As for the Alfa, it has had more time to prove its reliability but is also more expensive. It’s a close call, nearly down to opinion.
This column originally appeared on Ethan White’s blog, Autonoch.