The new Alpine A110 S – the latest addition to the Alpine range – sits at the top of the Alpine offerings and costs a rather substantial £56,810.
It took Renault a long time to deliver a new generation of Alpine cars, but they did finally arrive a couple of years ago as the A110 badge got attached to a new Alpine car.
The new A110 is a good car, if a rather niche, left-field choice, and not exactly cheap; when it arrived the Premier Edition cost the wrong side of £50k, although a cheaper version in the guise of the A110 Pure did subsequently arrive at a slightly more affordable £46k.
But rather than find a way to deliver an appealing cheaper A110, Renault has decided the way forward for the A110 is to deliver a more focused, and more expensive, A110S.
Revealed in June, the Alpine A110S gets a hike in power from its 1.8 litre four-pot, delivering 288bhp instead of 248bhp, which cuts the sprint to 62mph by a hardly noticeable 0.1 seconds.
Under the skin there are new springs and hollow anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, lowered suspension, bigger Brembos and stickier Michelin tyres, as well as GT Race or Fuchs alloys and orange calipers.
When the Alpine A110S was revealed we reckoned it would probably cots £57k, which it does, more or less, with Alpine sticking a rather hefty £56,810 price tag on the new S.
If you’re happy to part with £57k for an Alpine A110S, rather than spend that sort of money on some very good alternatives, reservations are now open, with official orders being taken from 3 September.