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2018 Alpine A110 Photo: Supplied
2018 Alpine A110 Photo: Supplied
2018 Alpine A110 Photo: Supplied
2018 Alpine A110 Photo: Supplied
 
 

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David McCowen | Dec, 11 2017 | 0 Comments

Alpine, the returning sportscar brand from Renault, looks set to quickly expand its range of niche offerings to better compete with cars like the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Elise.

Renault confirmed Alpine’s 2018 Australian return in an announcement in November, with the first examples of the mid-engined A110 coupe set to arrive in a highly specified package similar to Premiere Edition cars sold in Europe.

Renault Australia managing director Andrew Moore confirmed in November that "a range of other variants will be available” and details surrounding those cars are starting to emerge.

Homologation documents for the car in Australia show that the standard weight for the 185kW Alpine will be just 1060kg, making it one of the lightest sports cars on sale.

The documents also reveal that a “lightweight version without front luggage compartment” will weigh even less than the regular car as well as including bigger brakes more suited to intense track work.

Britain’s Evo recently had a steer of the Alpine at a European preview for the car, reporting it will be available with a more powerful engine and focused “Sport Chassis” option likely to challenge more powerful members of the Porsche Cayman range.

The standard A110 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine shared with the new Renault Megane RS producing 185kW and 320Nm, sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Australian details for the model have not been confirmed, though TMR will know more following an overseas test drive of the new Alpine A110 before the end of the year.

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