Dormant considering that 1995, Alpine is re-opening shop and taking reservations for its “Première Édition” — an exclusive version of its forthcoming rival to the Porsche 718.
In 2012, Renault announced plans to join forces with British track auto wizard Caterham to develop a new platform for a shared sports vehicle for Alpine and Caterham (feel Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86). Seemingly disinterested in producing something even remotely beneficial off-track, Caterham abandoned Alpine to carry on with the project alone.
Following dropping the Vision Idea earlier this year, Renault is now prepared to take orders for the unnamed, A110-inspired Alpine model and officially bring the French functionality brand back from the grave.
Nonetheless, this very first run of mid-engined automobiles will be restricted to 1,955 cars — a reference to the year the Alpine brand was initial established and the 4CV-based A106 started production.
“Alpines created such a mark due to the fact of the elegance of their designs, their nimble handling and their memorable successes in planet class motor racing and rallying,” Alpine’s Managing Director Michael van der Sande stated in an official statement. “The interest that the announcement of Alpine’s return has generated across the globe inspired us to give sports car enthusiasts and Alpine fans early opportunity to reserve the new vehicle.”
“The Première Édition versions of the new model will be the 1st to come off the line and we wanted to let Alpine fans to decide on the number of their auto.”
Presumably, 0001 and 0069 are already spoken for. Although, if you have 2,000 euros, you can reserve one of the other numbers. Apparently incapable of settling on a cost, Alpine says the French-specification A120 Première Édition will come in between €55,000 and €60,000.
For that cash you do not know precisely what you are acquiring, as the production model hasn’t been officially revealed yet. Renault hasn’t even provided it a name, despite the fact that inside sources have strongly suggested it will continue its traditional nomenclature and dub it the A120.
Camouflaged images of the 1st edition show that it should be really comparable in look to the Alpine Vision Notion. Renault also treated us with a lovely video featuring 3 prototypes dancing about a skidpad collectively.
From a standstill, the A120 only takes 4.five seconds to reach 62 mph (one hundred kph) — placing it within striking range of a manual transmission Porsche Boxster S. What sort of powertrain makes that feasible is unknown, but rumors recommend anything out of the Renault Sport Mégane or possibly a new 1.eight-liter Nissan-sourced turbo 4.
If you trust Alpine’s judgement on drivetrains, reservations can be made now utilizing the custom app downloadable from Alpine’s official website. The only catch is that you have to live in either Europe or Japan.