Alpine A110

Alpine Observer - - Motor Guide - EWAN KENNEDY

AN ex­cit­ing new sportscar mar­que is about to land in Aus­tralia. The very French Alpine A110 is a high­per­for­mance coupe that’s built by a divi­sion of Re­nault, but op­er­ates largely in its own right.

Alpine (say it in a French ac­cent, ‘al-peen’ and it sounds beau­ti­fully evoca­tive) dates back to the 1950s and has made some fas­ci­nat­ing sports came out in 1961, ran for 16 years and had vic­to­ries in many events, in­clud­ing the Monte Carlo ral­lies in the 1970s.

Alpine A110 harks back to the shape of that orig­i­nal sports the ex­per­tise of Re­nault Sport and is pow­ered by a mid­mounted 1.8-litre turbo-petrol en­gine that pro­duces up to 185kW and 320Nm.

Light weight means Alpine has a zero to 100km/h time of just 4.5 sec­onds.

Alpine A110 will ini­tially be launched with three Aus­tralian Pre­miere Edi­tion, Pure and Le­gende.

Only 60 ex­am­ples of the Aus­tralian Pre­miere Edi­tion are be­ing im­ported, each with an in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered plaque to cel­e­brate its de­but in Aus­tralia. All are in Alpine Blue metal­lic paint and sit­ting on 18-inch Fuchs forged wheels. There’s a blue Alpine logo in the centre of the steer­ing wheel, blue Alpine brake cal­lipers.

Inside are alu­minium brake and ac­cel­er­a­tor ped­als and a footrest. A Fo­cal au­dio sys­tem is there if you would rather lis­ten to that than to the su­perb en­gine note we are told is very much part of the A110.

In­ter­est­ingly the Alpine A110 Pure and Le­gende mod­els have dif­fer­ent set­ups. The Pure is aimed at sporty driv­ing on wind­ing moun­tain roads. The A110 Le­gende is the grand tourer of the range, for ev­ery­day us­abil­ity.

Alpine will be sold in Aus­tralia through an ex­clu­sive net­work of ded­i­cated Alpine deal­er­ships, con­sul­tants.

De­liv­er­ies of the A110 Aus­tralian Pre­miere Edi­tion com­mence in Q4, 2018, the A110 Pure and Le­gende won’t be here till Q1, 2019.

RETRO: All- new Alpine A110 has retro driv­ing lights, fluted bon­net and a wrap­around rear win­dow.

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