Renault’s Alpine brand has officially opened the order books for it’s limited production sportscar. Starting at €55,000, customers will now be able to order one of the 1,955 numbered Alpine ‘Première Edition’ cars! Reservations can apparently be made via Alpine’s bespoke app with a €2,000 deposit.

The limited-edition production run references the year when Alpine founder Jean Rédélé first established the company. The full pricing and technical details for the Alpine Premiere Edition are yet to be revealed so we expect more details at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Deliveries are expected to take place late-2017.

“Alpines made such a mark because of the elegance of their designs, their nimble handling and their memorable successes in world class motor racing and rallying,” says Alpine’s Managing Director Michael van der Sande. “The interest that the announcement of Alpine’s return has generated across the globe inspired us to give sports car enthusiasts and Alpine fans early opportunity to reserve the new car.

Cusotmers who pre-order their cars using the app will be able to choose the number of their car which will be fitted to a plaque on the centre console. At this point, customers will also be given a choice of three finishes; ‘Bleu Alpine’ (Blue), ‘Noir Profond’ (Black) or ‘Blanc Solaire’ (White). Pre-orders are limited to customers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

So what do we know about the new Alpine already? It is expected to come fitted with a mid-mounted four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine pushing 250 hp. Renault have confirmed a zero to 100kph time of 4.5 seconds with a Renault-sourced dual-clutch transmission. The Alpine Première Edition should pack enough punch to compete with the current Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models.

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