In conjunction with Renault Australia, Alpine Cars confirmed today that they will be returning to the Australian market, with the new A110, a two-seater sports coupe, to be released here next year.
The production A110 made its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, after the ‘Vision’ concept coupe, which was presented last year and the Alpine brand was revived under Renault stewardship in 2012.
“On behalf of Alpine Cars, it is with great pleasure that we can make this announcement today,” said Renault Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Moore.
“Alpine, the sports premium brand of Groupe Renault, defines a modern sports car designed for driving pleasure. It combines the timeless Alpine principles of compact size, light weight and dynamic agility and keeps true to the spirit of its predecessors, in particular the A110 Berlinette.
“We are delighted that it won’t be long until its loyal fans, as well as those new to the brand, can get behind the wheel,” Moore added.
While the actual local release date is yet to be confirmed, Australia will be the second market outside Europe to receive the new A110 when it arrives and one of only three right-hand drive countries, to date, to import the new model.
The new A110 takes its name from the original that was launched by Jean Redele in 1962, after he founded Alpine in 1955. That first A110 featured a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine from the Renault R8 matched to a 4-speed manual transmission that produced 103kW in Alpine form. A fibreglass body reduced weight and a tubular backbone chassis made the car durable, especially in competition applications, where A110 victories included the 1973 manufacturers crown in the World Rally Championship.
The 21st Century A110 is powered by a Renault-based 1.8-litre turbocharged engine that delivers 185kW and 320Nm, with Alpine’s own specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune. The engine is mated to a Getrag seven-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox.
With the body and chassis on the new Alpine made of bonded aluminium, the combination of minimum weight and strong engine output delivers what Alpine calls a competitive kg per kW ratio of 5.8 and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
Three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Track – are available, which Alpine say makes the A110 suitable for both road and track use.
Racecar-spec aerodynamics on the A110 include a completely flat floor and functional rear diffuser for low drag and significant down force without the need for a rear spoiler. The A110’s Cx (drag co-efficient) value of only 0.32 is claimed to be amongst the lowest in the sports car segment.
Inside, the A110 features leather and carbon fibre trim, as well as exposed structural aluminium. Australian-delivered A110s are likely to feature similar spec to the European ‘Premiere Edition’, which would include:
• 18-inch Otto Fuchs forged aluminium wheels
• Sabelt monocoque sport seats
• Brembo sports braking system with calipers incorporating integrated parking brake and dual-material brake discs with aluminium hub
• Active lightweight sports exhaust
• Alpine-tuned Focal audio system
• Matte carbon fibre interior accents
• Brushed aluminium pedals
Confirmation and further details on A110 specifications will be revealed closer to delivery. Renault Australia also added that, following the production run of the special launch model in 2018, a range of other variants will be available.