They’re called the "Premier Edition!"

Alpine’s long-awaited and highly anticipated return to the auto world took a major leap forward today when the Renault-owned company officially opened reservations for the “Premier Edition,” a limited-run version of the upcoming sports car, which, by the way still goes by the codename “A120.” So yeah, the coupe still goes nameless yet Alpine is already prepared to give early birds the opportunity to have an early Christmas present. Ho, ho, ho, indeed!

The Premier Edition will be limited to just 1,955 units, an odd number on the surface yet a significant one for the French automaker as the original Alpine brand was founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955.

The company didn’t elaborate on the “exclusive appointments” featured in the Premier Edition, opting only to say that the special edition model will be available in a choice of three colors: Bleu Alpine (Blue), Noir Profond (Black), or Blanc Solaire’ (White). In addition, those who make reservations through the company’s bespoke app and make an initial payment of €2,000 ($2,110) will be afforded the opportunity to select their preferred model number, running from #1 to #1,955. The number they end up choosing will be commemorated by a plaque that Alpine will put on the car’s center console. That said, customers might want to make their reservations early because if their number of choice has been taken, they’re gonna be forced to take a different number. The #1 production model, after all, is far more appealing than, say, #516.

Unfortunately, us here in the U.S. can only watch from afar in envy because the Alpine Premier Edition will only be available to customers in Europe, specifically those from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Two other markets – Japan and the U.K. – will also get their allotments of the Alpine Premiere Edition, although reservations for those countries will happen sometime in 2017. Those who are interested should expect to pay anywhere from €55,000 to €60,000 ($58,100 to $63,400) for the limited edition sports car.

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Why it matters

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This is cool and weird at the same time. It’s cool because Alpine is driving up a lot of interest for the new sports car by giving customers a chance to own special edition versions of the car that come with “exclusive appointments.” Those features could go in a number of different directions, but the important thing is that each of the 1,955 units will be given a plaque to signify their specific number.

The strategy of offering a special edition “first batch” model is actually a tried-and-tested method within automotive circles. Mercedes, for instance, is famous for releasing “Edition 1” models, doing so for a bevy of its Mercedes and AMG models, ranging from the A-Class all the way up to the S-Class and the AMG GT. Likewise, Fiat (500 First Edition), Bentley (Bentayga First Edition; Mulsanne First Edition), Jaguar (F-Pace First Edition), and Volvo (XC90 First Edition) have all at various points offered similar special edition models too.

For one reason or another, these “first edition” models have been successful in generating buzz for the models that they’re previewing. For that reason, it’s hard to blame Alpine – or Renault for that matter – for taking this particular approach.

All that being said, am I the only one who finds it weird that Alpine’s already offering “Premier Edition” models for a sports car that doesn’t have an official name yet?

Read our full review on the upcoming Alpine "A120" here.

Starting today, Alpine is opening reservations for its ‘Première Edition’- an exclusive limited-edition version of its upcoming production car. Reservations can be made via Alpine’s bespoke app downloadable from Alpine’s official website: www.alpinecars.com.

Production of the limited-edition version is restricted to 1,955 cars, a reference to the year when Alpine founder Jean Rédélé first established the company.

“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.

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“The Première Edition versions of the new model will be the first to come off the line and we wanted to allow Alpine fans to choose the number of their car.”

The Alpine Première Edition will feature exclusive appointments, while its price and technical specification will be revealed in the first quarter of 2017. Its tax-paid price in France will be between €55,000 and €60,000.

Its standstill-to-62mph (100kph) time will be 4.5 seconds and delivery to customers is scheduled to start from late 2017.

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Reserving the Alpine Première Edition using the bespoke app and making an initial payment of €2,000 will allow customers to select their preferred number – from 1 to 1,955 – depending on availability. The number will appear on a plaque fixed to the centre console. Customers will also be able to specify the colour of their car from a choice of three finishes: ‘Bleu Alpine’ (Blue), ‘Noir Profond’ (Black) or ‘Blanc Solaire’ (White).

Customers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan*, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be able to reserve the Alpine Première Edition.

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