Latest Alpine models revealed at Geneva Motor Show
Following on from successful introduction of A110 Première, revived brand announces three new variants of lightweight sports car: Pure, Légende and GT4 racer
Comeback king Alpine is set to broaden its range with the A110 Pure and A110 Légende production models. Meanwhile, the A110 GT4 competition machine – developed by Formula 3 Euro Series victor Signatech – is poised to write the next chapter in the revived sports car maker’s illustrious motor-racing history.
The newcomers, which have been launched at the Geneva Motor Show, share the underpinnings and technical specifications with the already unveiled Première deviation. This was limited to a production run of 1955, and sold out within five days of hitting the open market. However, the Pure and Légende offer two very different driving experiences.
As the branding may indicate, the Pure is highly driver focused. Designed to capture the original A110 Berlinette’s spirit, it feeds that 1973 Monte Carlo Rally contender’s adrenaline through the controls in direct homage.
The Légende, meanwhile, is presented as more of a grand tourer, with a higher-specification interior mated with six-way adjustable seats specifically designed for cruising. As a mixture of contemporary comfort and refinement blended with the raw feedback that made the original so endearing, the Première could prove to be the sleeper hit of the decade.
Both newcomers utilise the Première’s aluminium chassis to provide Alpine’s trademark agility and handling precision, while the turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine has a peak output of 248bhp.
Alongside the new models, Alpine has confirmed three new body-colour options – Blanc Irisé, Bleu Abysse and Gris Tonnerre – paired with four fresh wheel designs. This ensures the largest spread of client-customisation options ever available in the Alpine range. The colour names for the UK market are yet to be announced.
Signatech’s modified GT4 racer will take the reigns as the flagship model, serving up the ultimate expression of the A110’s class-leading dexterity on track. As only the second racing version of the A110 – succeeding the A110 Cup – its increased power and aerodynamic downforce will see the marque make an overdue return to the racetrack, battling against some of the world’s most prestigious car makers.
A very small number of A110 GT4s will race throughout Europe during the latter half of 2018, before the car enters full-scale production ahead of 2019’s racing season.
All A110 GT4s will be campaigned by customer teams with factory support from venture partner Signatech. A bespoke proposition to upgrade an A110 Cup to GT4 specification using a kit of components will also be available.
Michael van der Sande, Alpine managing director, said: ‘With the launch of the Pure and Légende, there is now an A110 to suit all tastes. The Pure sits right at the heart of what Alpine is all about; agility, responsiveness and the most rewarding driving experience.’
He continued: ‘The Légende is the model that really takes Alpine into new territory. Its technical specification is identical to that of the A110 Pure, so it is thrilling to drive, too. With its comfort seats and higher standard specification, though, it is undoubtedly the model for those buyers who will be using their A110 on a daily basis or for long journeys.’
‘Between them, the new Pure and Légende lift the revival of Alpine to the next level.’
Antony Villain, Alpine head of design, added: ‘By introducing the Pure and Légende we have broadened the A110’s footprint, giving it a wider appeal. The two models have their own distinct philosophies; the Pure is for the keenest drivers who demand the most involving experience, while the Légende is about style and refinement.
‘The Pure’s sporting personality is demonstrated by its Sabelt sports seats, matte carbon-fibre interior trim and 17-inch wheels. It is clearly the most stripped-back, focused version of the A110. Meanwhile, the Légende’s heritage flavours, including brown leather upholstery and 18-inch Légende wheels, which are inspired by an original A110 Berlinette 1600S design, indicate a more refined character.’
The two new variants and the GT4 are currently on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. AutoClassics will bring you the full show report.
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