Overnight, Alpine announced that it had begun taking orders, via a smartphone app available on both major platforms, for a limited run of 1,995 Premiere Edition models of its new mid-engine sports car.
Potential buyers will need to stump up 2000 euros ($2900) to select a build number and reserve their car. During the early stages of production, the company will keep buyers in touch with their vehicles via photos posted on the app.
The Premiere Edition will be available in three colours: blue, white and black.
Above and below: 2016 Alpine Vision concept.
This limited edition model will, in France at least, have an after-tax price of between 55,000 and 60,000 euros ($79,000 and $86,000). There, a base-level Porsche 718 Boxster starts at 53,960 euros ($77,500) after tax.
While it's still unknown what the first vehicle by the resuscitated marque will be known as, reports suggest that it will be branded as the A120 in honour of the classic A110.
The design for the 'A120' was previewed in February by the Alpine Vision concept. While details about the production car's engine have yet to be divulged, Alpine has just confirmed that the it will have a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.
The Premiere Edition is available for reservation from today for customers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Japan-based customers will be able to reserve their cars from 2017.
Alpine says that left-hand drive models will begin landing in driveways from late 2017, while right-hand drive units begin shipping in 2018.
Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s managing director, has told CarAdvice that the Alpine coupe will come to Australia with a starting price of between $75,000 and $90,000.
Timing for the local launch has yet to be confirmed though, with Alpine stating on its website that it "will extend its availability to other markets over the course of 2018". Despite that, it seems like we'll be missing out on the Premiere Edition.
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