Remake of classic French sports car Australia-bound
The bold newcomer excited sports car enthusiasts the world over when it broke cover in production form at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Between 1955 and 1995, Alpine produced and sold 30,000 vehicles. It also made history with the first World Rally Championship title in 1973 and five years later took out the Le Mans 24 Hour classic.
The new A110’s aluminium platform and body are bonded, riveted and welded to provide an extremely rigid structure. The car is ultra-light at 1080kg kerb weight (excluding options). Its compact size, optimal weight distribution (44% front, 56% rear) and low centre of gravity are all dedicated to agility, especially on the type of winding, mountain roads that made Alpine’s reputation in the 1960s and 70s.
Delivering 185kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the A110’s new 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune, is mated to a Getrag seven-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox. 0 to 100km/h flies by in 4.5s.
Australia is the second market outside Europe and one of only three right-hand drive countries to be confirmed as receiving the Alpine A110.
Final pricing will be confirmed closer to Australian delivery. As an indication, Renault Australia expects to be able to bring the car to market at an estimated Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) of between $90,000 and $110,000 (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).Local deliveries will begin in the second half of 2018. Interested buyers can reserve a vehicle by contacting Alpine Australia on (03) 8595 2922 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.