The A110S also benifts from a unique suspension setup, with stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, and a unique damper tune.
Exterior changes include unique badging on the C pillar, orange callipers and newly designed alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin takes on a dark theme with black Dinamica upholstery with red accents and new carbon-fibre trim pieces.
As a result of the upgrades, the S weighs 20 kilograms more than the entry-level Pure at 1114kg.
The iconic French brand says that the new range-topper has been “engineered to deliver precise handling response and exacting high-speed stability”, but has yet to disclose further details.
The cabin features new materials including carbon-fibre and Dinamica upholstery.
It is expected that the A110S will shave at least a tenth off the standard variant’s zero-to-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds, putting the vehicle more in contention with rivals such as the Audi TT S and Porsche Cayman S.
Overseas, the new model will hit showrooms from October, however, it has yet to be confirmed for the local market.
Currently, the Alpine A110 is sold in Australia from $97,000 plus on-road costs for the base Pure, and $106,500 for the uprated Legende.
Using overseas pricing as a metric, it is predicted that the A110S will come in at around the $130k mark, if it indeed lands Down Under.
“The A110S delivers an intense Alpine driving experience,” says Alpine managing director Sébastien Erphelin.
“From the very inception of the Alpine project it has been our intention to offer different versions of the A110 with handling and performance characteristics of their own.
“Like all versions of the A110, it is easy both to drive and live with day-to-day. The A110S is welcoming of all drivers regardless of their skill level, too.”
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