Alpine (pronounced al-peen) has officially launched its A110 sports coupe at Motorclassica in Melbourne.
While the local pricing and spec of the range is already known - the range starts from $97,000 for the base-spec Pure to $106,500 for the Australian Premier Edition (the car on display) - only the Premier Edition is ready for delivery, with 30 of the 60 examples already sold.
The Renault-owned brand said reception had been strong in Europe, where all variants of the car have a waiting list, but here in Australia demand has been relatively soft in comparison.
When asked if Australia can expect a waiting list for the car locally, representatives were not sure how much demand there will be for the lightweight-focused Pure and luxury Legende grades, stating simply “We haven’t done much marketing yet.” The latter two variants are set to arrive in Q1 of next year.
Australians have been waiting to see the Alpine A110 in the flesh for about a year since the car was confirmed to be arriving on our shores. It is powered by the same 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that motivates the new Renault Megane RS, but receives a bespoke intake, exhaust and ECU tune from Alpine. Total outputs are 185kW/320Nm which will help the car sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Much to some enthusiast’s chagrin, all variants of the A110 are seven-speed dual-clutch automatics. There is no manual.
While we didn’t get to drive the A110, we can say that the interior is quite different from most Renault models and does a great job of disguising fittings it shares with the Clio and Megane. It also has no shortage of reference points to the original 1961 Alpine A110.
Price-wise the A110 competes with the $93,300 BMW M2 in the local market, but bares the most similarities with the $115,300 Porsche 718 Cayman.
|Alpine A110 Pure 7-speed DCT||$97,000|
|Alpine A110 Legende 7-speed DCT||$103,500|
|Alpine A110 Premier Edition 7-speed DCT||$106,500|
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