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Alpine A110, 2017, side, action
Alpine A110, 2017, front, action
Alpine A110, 2017, front
Alpine A110, 2017, rear, action
Alpine A110, 2017, interior
Alpine A110, 2017, console
Alpine A110, 2017, wheels
Alpine A110, 2017, Tricolore badge
Alpine A110, 2017, steering wheel
Alpine A110, 2017, seats
Alpine A110, 2017, display screen
Alpine A110, 2017, Premiere Edition plaque

LEGENDARY French sports car maker Alpine will be back in Britain next year with the arrival of the mid-engined A110 two seat coupe.

Reviving the famous brand whose last model was the A610 in 1995, the new model will be powered by a 1.8-litre, four cylinder turbo engine developing 252bhp and mated to a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission.

And in modern supercar fashion there's no gear lever - drive selection is done via buttons set on the centre console with paddle shfiters flanking the steering wheel.

Now under the ownership of Renault, the new Alpine will be built alongside Renault Sport models at the French car maker's Dieppe factory.

The A110, named after the car which won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1971 and first seen 10 years earlier, will be on sale in mainland Europe later this year priced from 58,500 euros (about £50,500).

Production will start with a limited run of 1,955 Premiere Edition cars - the number denoting the year Alpine was founded - with right hand drive models being released in 2018.

The new Alpine had its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show where it was one of the stars of the annual Swiss auto spectacular.

With a lightweight all-aluminium construction, it weighs just over one tonne, the A110 has a 0 to 60 acceleration of 4.5 seconds and a top speed restricted to 155mph.

Fuel economy is expected to be in the region of 45mpg with CO2 emissions of around 140g/km.

Variable drive modes allow the A110 to be configured for sport and track driving as well as everyday use.

A strict two seater, the new Alpine is rear wheel drive with boot space front and back. Nevertheless, luggage capacity is tight with 100 litres available at the rear and a further 96 litres under the bonnet.

Looking sleek and faithful to the original Berlinette of 1961, the new A110 is fitted with high performance Brembo brakes, one-piece bucket seats made by Sabelt and 18-inch alloy wheels designed by Otto Fuchs.

The Premier Edition models will be available in blue, black or white finishes and each has a numbered plaque on the centre console as well as special Tricolore badges.

Although all left-hand drive versions have already been snapped up, Alpine says a number of right-hand drive cars have been reserved for the UK and are now available for order.

As well as winning the Monte Carlo rally Alpine also took victory in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1978 and the cars gained iconic status on the European sports car scene.

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