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2019 Alpine A110 review: Sports car as daily driver

Can a relatively rare, ultimately focussed mid-engined coupe designed to make short work of race tracks on a regular basis be any kind of daily drive? Masochists might say yes, but what about everyone else?

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2019 Alpine A110 review: Targa High Country
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2019 Alpine A110 review: Targa High Country

It's been 41 years since we last saw a new Alpine A110 roll out of the factory in Dieppe, but it's been worth the wait, because this just may be the most enjoyable car I've driven in years. Margeit was right about that.


Poll: Porsche Cayman asserts itself over Alpine A110
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Poll: Porsche Cayman asserts itself over Alpine A110

Alpine Australia managing director, Andrew Moore, made no bones about the fact the new A110 is targeted directly at the Porsche 718 Cayman. If our latest poll is any guide, the reborn French brand has its work cut out taking on the four-cylinder, mid-engined Porsche. Just 17 per cent of people favoured the A110 over the Cayman, one the largest margin we've seen since starting the polls earlier this year...


Alpine A110 gunning for Porsche 718 in Australia
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Alpine A110 gunning for Porsche 718 in Australia

Alpine is a name that won't mean much to most Australians, but the French manufacturer has set the mark high with its (re-)entry to the market, with its sights firmly set on the segment-leading Porsche 718 Cayman. Speaking to media today at Motorclassica in Melbourne, Andrew Moore, Alpine Australia managing director, didn't hesitate in naming the mid-engined, four-cylinder Porsche as the A110's primary target...


Alpine A110: Half of initial Oz allocation sold
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Alpine A110: Half of initial Oz allocation sold

Alpine has sold 32 of the 60 initial A110 'Premiere Edition' cars it's been assigned for 2018, and has five pre-orders for its 2019 allocation of Pure and Legende models...


The week's top news stories, June 10
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The week's top news stories, June 10

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


CarAdvice podcast 106: What do Volkswagen enthusiasts think of the Arteon?
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CarAdvice podcast 106: What do Volkswagen enthusiasts think of the Arteon?

On the panel this week we have Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. In car news, the 2019 Peugeot 508 Touring, Audi Q8, and BMW X5 have been revealed. Also, Alpine A110 pricing and specs have been announced, the Ford Mustang has been upgraded to a three-star ANCAP rating, and you can now buy a Bugatti Chiron in Lego form...


2018 Alpine A110 pricing and specs
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2018 Alpine A110 pricing and specs

Renault Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the 2018 Alpine A110 range, which is available to order now from $97,000 before on-road costs – $8000 more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. Three variants are available at launch – Pure, Legende, and the Australian Premiere Edition – with the first two scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2019, and the latter slated for a fourth-quarter launch this year...


Around the Tracks: Skiing Porsches, classic Subarus and bonnet scoops
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Around the Tracks: Skiing Porsches, classic Subarus and bonnet scoops

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while...


Alpine A110 Legende and Pure headed for Geneva
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Alpine A110 Legende and Pure headed for Geneva

Alpine will use the Geneva motor show to unveil two new A110 variants: a high-end Legende, and a stripped-back Pure. Both models are powered by the same mid-mounted 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine as the regular car, making 185kW and 320Nm. Power is put to the road through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, for a 4.5-second sprint to 100km/h...


Mazda, Alpine winners in Festival Automobile International design awards
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Mazda, Alpine winners in Festival Automobile International design awards

The Mazda Vision Coupe and Alpine A110 have taken out awards at the Festival Automobile International awards in Paris, France overnight. Alpine's compact Porsche Cayman-hunter was voted Most Beautiful Car of 2017 in a public online vote, while the Vision Coupe won Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year...


2018 Alpine A110 review
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2018 Alpine A110 review

The 2018 Alpine A110 has remained true to the company's core 'lightweight and agile' philosophy. But, after a 22-year hiatus, has the reborn French brand done enough to capture the magic of the original A110?


Alpine A110: Australian pricing likely to start around $90-100k
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Alpine A110: Australian pricing likely to start around $90-100k

Renault is set to launch the company’s revived Alpine brand in Australia with the all-new Alpine A110 expected to hit local showrooms in June next year. While exact pricing is still to be confirmed, Renault’s Australian managing director Andrew Moore told assembled media at the car’s launch in France this week that he anticipated a price of around $90,000 to $100,000...


CarAdvice podcast 78: VW Australia boss talks car servicing
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CarAdvice podcast 78: VW Australia boss talks car servicing

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Paul Maric and Mike Costello. In car news, the 2018 BMW M3 CS has been revealed, calls have gone out for a traffic congestion charge for Melbourne and Sydney, and the Alpine A110 has been confirmed for Australia. Meanwhile, the 2018 Peugeot 5008 pricing and specs have been released, Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks new record hitting 457km/h, and Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition has been detailed...


Alpine A110 confirmed for Australia
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Alpine A110 confirmed for Australia

The Alpine A110 sports car has been confirmed for the Australian market this week, set to arrive Down Under in the second half of 2018. According to the French manufacturer, Australia is the second market outside of Europe to be confirmed, and one of only three right-hand-drive markets to be receiving the A110 so far...


Alpine A110 Cup revealed, one make series headed for Europe
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Alpine A110 Cup revealed, one make series headed for Europe

Alpine has unveiled a racetrack-ready version of its upcoming sports car. The A110 Cup is a stripped, caged version of the as-yet unreleased A110, set to take part in a one-make race series on the racetracks of Europe. Changes on the Cup start with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 201kW of power, compared to the regular road car’s 185kW...


Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release
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Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release

Renault Australia is in the process of submitting regulatory documents to approve the Alpine A110 for sale in Australia, despite staying quiet about its future here. The latest documents and images, submitted on August 1, 2017, suggest Renault is close to gaining approval to sell the vehicle in Australia...


2018 Alpine A110 detailed: video
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2018 Alpine A110 detailed: video

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...


The Alpine A110 is back: Renault reveals first images of production car
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The Alpine A110 is back: Renault reveals first images of production car

Pundits far and wide - including us here at CarAdvice - speculated it might be called A120, and a fair guess it was. But, no, the Alpine A110 is born again, in name and likeness both. Reviving the A110 name may be the only surprise to come out of today's initial unveiling, however, because there are few to be had on the design front...


Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k
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Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k

Renault Australia is steadily gearing up to launch the eagerly awaited Alpine sports car brand here in 2018, likely priced just under the conceptually similar Alfa Romeo 4C. The lightweight and likely mid-engined two-seater is creeping ever closer to production, slated to begin in 2017 in Dieppe, France, alongside the Clio RS...