Lighter variant and more refined version of the sports car will arrive next summer; pricing is competitive with the Porsche 718 Cayman

Alpine has shown the lightest version of its A110 sports car, the Pure, and the higher-spec Légende at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, following their debuts at the Geneva motor show.

The Pure is priced from £46,905, while the Légende is priced from £50,805, meaning both sit in the price gap between the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre versions of the Porsche 718 Cayman, which top out at £45,467 and start at £52,738 respectively. 

The Pure (pictured in white) weighs just 1080kg, thanks to a pared-back specification that does away with unnecessary luxuries. Alpine says it retains the “minimalist approach” of the Première Édition but is more “driver-focused”. It has ditched heavier cabin materials in the Pure and used the lightest wheel option to minimise unsprung mass. Lightweight seats also form part of the diet.

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Drive comes from the same turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 249bhp and 236lb ft of torque, as used in the Première Édition. The power-to-weight ratio will therefore be the car's headline 231bhp per tonne – 9bhp per tonne more than the 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S.

The Légende (pictured in grey) is intended as a more refined A110 that's better suited to everyday driving. It receives leather seats in black or brown, a premium sound system and a more forgiving chassis set-up than the Pure. It too retains the 249bhp engine.

The two new variants signal the start of a line-up expansion for the A110. A probable next addition will come with more power, because while the A110's engine is shared with the Mégane RS, it falls short of the hot hatch’s output by 33bhp. If the RS powerplant were to be offered in a future A110 variant with around 300bhp, the sports car could produce in excess of 277bhp per tonne.

Alpine is due to open its first UK dealerships this year. The Première Édition sold out in five days and deliveries are due to commence this summer, while the first Pure and Légende models will arrive next summer.

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27 February 2018

Want one so badly. Such a great car, although Premiere spec seems pretty much perfect.

27 February 2018
I think you mean pared-back.

27 February 2018

It will never sell.

The original isn't selling. It's priced like a Cayman. Way way too expensive. Should have been in the MX-5 territory. 

Why is there a signature input box?

27 February 2018
stanleyipkiss wrote:

It will never sell.

The original isn't selling. It's priced like a Cayman. Way way too expensive. Should have been in the MX-5 territory. 

Not sure they could hit that level, but would have though mid £30ks rather than mid £40ks seems a better place for this to sit.  I've money waiting at that level.

Having said that, audi are pricing a 1.5l A3 at £32k now...

27 February 2018

At mid-30s price, I would buy one in a flash and then die in another flash as soon as the present Mrs. F finds out...

Where would she put the shopping and the bags she 'needs' when we drive off for a few days?

I'll have to stop drooling; the kids are muttering things about Care Homes...

27 February 2018
stanleyipkiss wrote:

It will never sell

What, never... at all. Not even a single one!

27 February 2018

Opinion or fact?

First 18 months of Alpine production is SOLD-OUT.

 

 

RickM, Wheelman

27 February 2018

This is a really hard market to enter. Porsche make great sportscars and have the brand, Jaguar provide a really good alternative in the F type and have plenty of history to play on. BMW can play on their strengths as a big premium brand. So you have 3 big players already fighting over a very small number of customers. Then you have niche players like Lotus.

Alpine should have gone much further upmarket into Mclaren territory. Even Mazda struggle to sell the MX5 in the volumes you really need to be sucessfull as these days the traditional sportscar market is tiny. It's a real shame and sadly will put companies like Jaguar off doing much more in this space.

27 February 2018

But this is much closer to Alpine’s ethos - a small, light car, with enough power to be fun. It’s a brave and relevant car, will prove much more enjoyable on most roads than any supercar. Given the investment and dedication involved, it is not expensive. Mind you, if even Autocar readers (supposed enthusiasts) cannot see the value, it might struggle to make a wider impact.

27 February 2018

Elise Cup owners will want to know why it's so heavy! Joking aside and I'm sure it'll be a great sportscar but why are there never any references to the British made Lotus, it’s more of a direct competitor than the Cayman.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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