Every significant component part of the A110’s driving experience – from the rasping turbocharged torque of its engine to the hilariously immersive poise and panache of its handling – is all about the F-word.
Moreover, it’s ready to deliver its own fresh brand of intoxicating fun pretty much whenever, wherever and however you might want. It brings to life journeys and roads that rivals wouldn’t; and yet it has handling for which your affection can only grow as you explore it more closely.
Anatomise the car and you won’t find too many mechanical ingredients or areas you could call genuinely exceptional, often in comparison with objectively stronger but less stirring rivals.
But put them all together and you can’t help but conclude that the A110 is a much, much greater car – and achievement - than the sum of its parts would suggest.
Rarely does a car come along so devoted to driver involvement, and so singularly effective at it, even among sports cars.
The A110 is quick, agile, effusive and ultimately enormous, accessible fun. It deserves the full five stars.