After a near two-year wait, Renault’s sports-car brand, Alpine, has confirmed it will release the latest and greatest version of its A110 coupe in Australia in the first quarter of next year.
Dubbed A110S, Alpine’s new flagship will look to have a bigger impact than the ‘regular’ A110’s Pure, Legende and Premiere Edition variants when it arrives to take on the Toyota Supra and Porsche Cayman.
Revealed in June 2019, the A110S takes the A110’s mid-mounted 1.8-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine and increases peak power from 185kW to 215kW, although maximum torque is unchanged, at 320Nm.
Much like the A110, the A110S is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sends drive to the rear wheels.
This combination helps the A110S complete the zero-to-100km/h sprint in 4.4 seconds, which makes it a tenth of a second quicker to triple digits than the A110.
The A110S also stands out from the A110 crowd with its unique suspension set-up, which features stiffer springs (+50%) and anti-roll bars (+100%) as well as a bespoke damper tune.
A fresh set of black alloy wheels, wider Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, orange Brembo brake callipers and specific C-pillar badging further set the A110S apart, while black Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre with orange stitching, and carbon-fibre trim distinguish it inside.
Released in Australia in October 2018, the A110 is currently priced between $97,000 and $106,500 plus on-road costs, with the A110S expected to command a premium.