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FIRST LOOK: Alpine A290. Is the faster 5 all we hoped it would be? | Electrifying

FIRST LOOK: Alpine A290. Is the faster 5 all we hoped it would be? | Electrifying

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At Electrifying, we couldn’t think of a car which excites us more than the electric Renault 5. But then we saw this – the Alpine A290. It’s like a 5 which has been to the gym. Now – finally! – I got to go and have a look around the final production car, so read on to find out if it’s as good as we’ve been hoping.

​The Alpine A290 is an electric hot hatch that’s based on the same platform as the Renault 5, but which has been heavily modified to make it a properly fun car; an electric hatchback for all the car enthusiasts among us. As you’d expect of Alpine – this is a performance brand, after all. It is to Renault what Abarth is to Fiat, although Alpine also produces bespoke models of its own, and this is its first electric car.

With a 52kWh battery, and range expected to be almost 240 miles, the A290 has better range than the Abarth 500e, and a very similar range to the Mini Electric. It’s also offered with a couple of powertrain options: the entry-level Alpine A290 GT gets 180bhp and 285nm of torque, while the GT Performance and GTS models get 220bhp and 300nm.

Alpine hasn’t confirmed pricing for the A290 but expect it to cost from around £35,000- to £40,000, which is a similar price to the Mini and Abarth 500. Full LED headlights, heated sports seats, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera are all included as standard. The GT Premium adds a contrast roof, Alpine Blue brake callipers, leather interior and upgraded audio, while the GT Performance gets the more powerful engine, Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, red brake callipers and Alpine Telemetrics for tracking your lap times. The range-topping GTS gets all of that, plus bespoke ‘Snowflake’ wheels. A limited edition A290 GTS Premiere Edition will get a couple of bespoke race-inspired liveries, and only 1955 examples will be produced.

Join Nicola as she checks out the Alpine A290 for the first time. Has Alpine built a winner? Let us know in the comments below.


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