Revealed last week, the hotly-anticipated 2018 Alpine A110 has now been detailed ahead of its European launch later this year.

Weighing just 1080kg, the A110 is a featherweight by today's standards, while its performance specifications should worry some established sports cars.

Under the bonnet is a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, developing 185kW of power and 320Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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The A110 can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.

A standard dual-clutch Porsche 718 Cayman S completes the benchmark sprint in 4.4 seconds, while the Alfa Romeo 4C hits triple figures in 4.5 seconds.

The A110 features three driver modes; Normal, Sport and Track, which adapt the engine, transmission, steering, ESC, exhaust note and driver display to the driving conditions and driver's mood.

As detailed in the teasers released in the lead-up to the car's reveal, the A110 has extensive aerodynamic and weight-saving equipment to reduce drag and add downforce.

The flat floor and rear diffuser are inspired by race cars, while air inlets in the front bumper help to create a curtain along the front wheel arches to improve airflow and reduce drag, while the all-aluminium chassis keeps weight low.

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Alpine says the A110 has a drag coefficient of 0.32 which is "among the lowest in the sports car segment".

In terms of its design, the new Alpine A110 features modern interpretations of numerous styling elements from the original A110 Berlinette of the 1960s and 1970s.

Up front are four independent LED daytime-running light signatures that hark back to the four-ringed light design of the original, while the 'X'-shaped LED tail-lights feature dynamic indicators.

Inside, the A110 sports a minimalist design trimmed with natural-grain leather, structural aluminium and carbon-fibre.

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While not detailed by the company, the A110 appears to feature a fully-digital instrument cluster, along with a large central touchscreen infotainment system.

To commence the production run, Alpine is offering a limited run of 'Premiere Edition' models, limited to a run of 1955 cars - the same year that Jean Redele founded the company.

Priced from 58,500 euros ($81,447) in its home market of France, the A110 Premiere Edition is equipped with unique 18-inch matte-black forged alloy wheels, sports braking system with 'dual-material' brake discs, active sports exhaust, Focal audio system, matte carbon-fibre interior accents, brushed aluminium pedals, quilted leather Sabelt sports seats, 'Tricolore' blue white and red badging inside and out, along with a numbered 'Premiere Edition' plaque on the centre console.

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Deliveries of the new Alpine A110 Premiere Edition will commence in late-2017 in European left-hand drive markets such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, with right-hand drive markets like the UK and Japan to get first deliveries next year.

Alpine says it will offer several versions of the A110 once the run of Premiere Edition is completed, along with a range of personalisation options.

 

Australia

Renault Australia has already confirmed the Alpine A110 will be offered in Australia, sometime in 2018, although it remains to be seen if the right case can be made for the car.

In September last year, the company said to expect a starting price between $75,000 and $90,000 - the Alfa Romeo 4C kicks off at $89,000 while the Porsche 718 Cayman starts at $110,000.

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