The Alpine A110 Pure will wear a $97,000 price tag when it goes on sale here, with the Alpine A110 Legende priced from $103,500. However, Renault has announced that those wanting to jump behind the wheel early will be in line for one of only 60 Australian Premiere Editions, priced from $106,500 – that’s still thousands cheaper than an entry-level Cayman – and on sale from late this year.
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The Premier Edition will come standard wearing the iconic Alpine Blue metallic paint, and include lightweight 18-inch Fuchs forged wheels, rear parking sensors, a blue Alpine logo in the centre of the steering wheel, blue Brembo callipers wrapped around bi-material brakes, an active exhaust system, lightweight fixed-back seats, aluminium brake and accelerator pedals with matching footrest, and a high-end Focal audio system.
Each of the Launch Edition versions of the Alpine A110 will also come fitted with a numbered plaque. It will use the same 185kW/320Nm 1.8-litre turbocharged engine as the rest of the A110 line-up, mid-mounted and sending drive to the double wishbone-suspended rear wheels.
Renault says the A110 is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds – that’s faster than the official time quoted for the 257kW/420Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged 718 Cayman. It’s secret? The aluminium-bodied Alpine weighs just 1103kg compared with the Cayman 2.5’s 1355kg. Ticking the options list to ditch the Alpine’s front storage tub will strip another 6kg off that number.
Renault is marketing the Pure as a stripped back, driver-focussed version of the A110, with the Legende filling the role as a “sophisticated grand tourer”.
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The Pure rolls on 18-inch wheels and includes weight-saving measures such as one-piece Sabelt sports seats that weigh just 13.1kg each – they’re the same as those fitted to the Australian Premiere Edition. Inside, there’s also a mix of leather and microfibre upholstery, matte carbonfibre trim, climate control air-conditioning, satellite navigation, and LED headlights and tail-lamps.
The Pure also gains the Alpine Mode Selector, which allows the driver to switch between Normal, Sport and Track modes.
Options include a Brembo brake upgrade pack with an active exhaust, different-look 18-inch alloys, and front and rear parking sensors tied in with a reversing camera.
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The Legende spec chucks out the fixed-back buckets for heated six-way adjust seats trimmed in black or brown leather, while gloss-finish carbonfibre trim replaces the matte finish of the Pure. It gains the Focal audio system as standard, as well as the reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, two-tone 18-inch alloys that pay homage to the 1960s-era A110 Berlinette 1600S, climate control air-conditioning, satellite navigation and LED headlights and tail-lamps.
Options include a more premium Focal audio system that adds a subwoofer and a pair of tweeters, and an active sports exhaust.
A Melbourne-based dealership, Alpine Brighton, has been named as the first Australian showroom to sell the reborn sports coupe range.