Australian fans of niche French carmaker Alpine will not be able to buy the track-focused A110 R after the A110 range was canceled last year for failing to comply with new safety regulations.
That 2023 Alpine A110 R was unveiled as likely the last petrol-powered sports car from Renault’s own sports car maker before the company turns its attention to electric cars.
French automaker Alpine has outfitted what may be the latest iteration of its petrol-powered A110 with a range of track-ready parts, but Australian customers will miss out on the sports car.
After arriving in Australia in 2018, the Alpine A110 was withdrawn from local showrooms in November 2021 due to the sports car’s failure to meet the more stringent side impact protection regulations known as ADR 85.
The Alpine A110 R’s upgrades start with its 18-inch carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, reducing the car’s weight by 12.5 kg.
It’s unclear if the new wheels were made by carbon fiber specialists Carbon Revolution in Victoria, who have supplied high-end carbon wheels for Ford, General Motors and Renault for their 2019 Megane RS Trophy-R Hot Hatch.
A carbon fiber hood with dual intakes saved a further 2.9kg and aided the A110 R’s cooling capabilities by directing more air to the radiator.
The rear glass panel has been replaced with a carbon fiber panel fitted with two ducts that act as ventilation for the mid-engine.
According to Alpine, this is the first variant in five years of production of the A110 to feature an all-new rear wing and diffuser, complemented by a front splitter and side skirts to generate downforce.
The Alpine A110 R features adjustable springs and dampers, stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars and 320mm brake discs behind all four wheels.
Interior upgrades include a pair of carbon fiber monocoque seats – reducing vehicle weight by a further 5kg – and six-point racing harnesses.
Changes to the Alpine A110 R have meant that the curb weight of the A110 S variant has been reduced by 34 kg from 1116 kg to 1082 kg.
The Alpine A110 Turbocharged 1.8 liter four cylinder Renault engine is unchanged and develops 221 kW and 340 Nm – which are delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
According to Alpine, the A110 R can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 285 km/h.
In France, order books for the Alpine A110 R are set to open in November, although pricing for the flagship sports car is yet to be confirmed.
The existing Alpine A110 range is priced in France from €59,900 (AU$92,000) to €71,500 (AU$110,000) depending on which variant is purchased.
In Australia, the Alpine A110 ranged in price from $100,372 to $144,372 plus road costs before being withdrawn from sale in late October 2021.