Above the Renault 5 Electric: the 200 hp Alpine A290 is here!

The Alpine A290 is the latest model from the Renault Group and a sporty version of the Renault 5 Electric. With engines from 130 and 160 kW The A290 sets new standards in the class of compact electric vehicles. We have received the first information from Paris and will soon have a real look at the vehicle. Until then, however, the Alpine press photos will have to suffice. The A290 based on the AmpR Small Platform, formerly known as CMF-B-EV, which is also used in the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric. The two motors with 130 or 160 kW are front-wheel drive. Although there is currently no all-wheel drive, it is technically possible. The current-excited synchronous motors used, which are different from the permanent magnet synchronous motors, come from the Megane E-Tech Electric.

Alpine A290

The battery of the Alpine A290 delivers a capacity of 52 kWh and provides a range of 380 kmThe top version accelerates in 6,4 seconds at 100 km / h, while the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric with 110 kW takes about 8,0 seconds. Charging is done with up to 100 kW direct current, which allows a charging time of 30 minutes from 15 to 80 percent. In our opinion, this is not necessarily fast, but at least it is standard in the industry. Alternatively, 11kW AC power available as standard, optionally a 22 kW charger Tobe offered.

Design and chassis

The A290 is characterized by a special design that clearly stands out from the Renault 5. Particularly striking are the X-Lights, reminiscent of rally cars and showing a welcome sequence when approaching with the keycard. The body is subtly widened by black fender attachments, and the track width has been increased by 60 mm which further enhances the sporty driving characteristics. The A290 also rolls on stylish 19 inch wheels with specially developed Michelin tires and of course also has improved brakes with Four-piston monobloc calipers from Brembo.

Interior and technology

The interior has a 10,25-inch instrument display and a slightly angled towards the driver's seat 10,1 inch touch screenThe cockpit is sporty and has a special gear selector: instead of a steering column lever, there are round buttons in the center console. The nappa leather steering wheel is equipped with various functions, including an RCH rotary knob for adjusting the recuperation strength and an OV button for a short power increase. Four driving modes are available: Save, Normal, Sport and Perso, the latter allowing individual settings. The infotainment is based on Android Automotive with Alpine-specific design and has Google Maps and Google Assistant. And the Alpine Telemetrics functions also allow you to display g-values, lap times and driving style improvements.

Equipment and variants

The A290 is available in four trim levels: GT, GT Premium, GT Performance and GTSThe basic GT version is only available for the 130 kW engine and includes a heat pump, 19-inch alloys, LED headlights, heated sports seats and a navigation system. GT Premium also includes a black roof, tinted windows, nappa leather upholstery and the Devialet audio system. GT Performance, on the other hand, relies on sportier tires and red brake calipers, while the top version GTS combines the elements of the other equipment. At market launch, there is the Premiere Edition in three colours: black and white, grey and blue. In total, only 1.955 copies built, which commemorates the year Alpine was founded.

Market launch and price

The Alpine A290 will be launched in late 2024. Prices have not yet been announced, but are expected to be significantly higher than those of the Renault 5 with 110 kW. Alpine A290 impresses with its performance and design. With engines of 130 and 160 kW, it has more power than the Renault 5 Electric and competes directly with the Mini Cooper SE. Although all-wheel drive would have been desirable, the front-wheel drive combined with the performance should also ensure driving fun. The A290 is an exciting model for lovers of sporty, compact electric vehicles and shows that Alpine has not forgotten its sporty roots even in the age of electromobility.

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Above the Renault 5 Electric: the 200 hp Alpine A290 is here!
Photo credit/source: Alpine
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