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Alpine A290: first preview of the most radical version of the electric Renault R5

Alpine, the Renault Group sports brand, is preparing the biggest product offensive in its history. Between the years 2024 and 2028, The Norman firm will launch a total of five 100% electric modelswith which it will seek to expand to markets such as China or the United States, in addition to increasing its market share in Europe.

The first to arrive will be a hot hatch derivative of the Renault R5 planned for 2024. After him will come a crossover of the C segment (2025) based on the CMF-EV modular platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, a sports heir to the Alpine A110 (2026), a separate crossovers of segments D (2027) and E (2028) based on the Lotus EPA platform.

The company will present a conceptual preview of the first of them next Tuesday, May 9. baptized as A290_β (“beta”, since it is a version prior to the final production vehicle), this prototype will have a strong connection with the old Renault R5 Alpine and Alpine Turbo (known as Copa and Copa Turbo in Spain) from the 70s and 80.

The A290 naming follows Alpine’s global naming strategy, with names beginning with the letter A followed by three numbers. In this case, the number 2 refers to segment B and 90 to the future range lifestyle Of the brand (10 will continue to be used in pure sports cars like the A110).


The Alpine A290 will go on sale in 2024

The Alpine A290 will be based on the modular CMF-BEV platform of the R5, although it will have a suitably adjusted chassis to exhibit a sportier and more radical dynamic behavior. The engine will be the same as the Renault Megane E-TECH, although it is possible that it is available with two power levels (220 and 250 CV). On an aesthetic level, it should be noted the use of a body kit directly inspired by the R5 Turbo competition, with two additional headlights in the front.

Those who want to know the concept car can get an invitation through a contest which can be accessed through a QR code that will be displayed this weekend during Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship. «From April 28 to 30, 2023, it will be possible to win an invitation to attend the presentation of this new showcar. To do this, during Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship races, it will be necessary to capture a QR code present on the Alpine A523 single-seater during the Formula 1 GP in Azerbaijan, as well as on the LMP2 A470 present at the 6h of Spa Francochamps» .

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