Renault-Ampere has already announced the premiere of the R5 as a production version for the Geneva show in spring 2023. Now it also confirms the arrival of the Alpine-badged hot-hatch version. To be precise, the French have announced that the A290, as is the code name of the model, will be equipped with Michelin tires with dimensions of 225/40 R19, i.e. with wheels of the not inconsiderable size of 19 inches.
Alongside the tire confirmation, Alpine announced that the A290 will be unveiled in mid-2024 with the main venue being the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the French performance brand will compete with the A424_b racing hypercar.
Based on the rest of the information that is already known about the A290, like the R5, it will be based on the CMF-B architecture, or as it is now called under Ampere’s new regime, AmpSmall.
In terms of design, the French electric hot-hatch will naturally imitate the A290_β prototype, hosting in its length of only 3.99 meters all those sporty features and aerodynamic elements that will make its identity “visible” at first glance.
What we also know about the production version is that the A290 will be equipped with an electric motor which will be accompanied by a sophisticated torque management system to ensure maximum agility. To better manage the generous torque, three drive modes, Wet, Dry and Full will be offered to ensure maximum dynamic stability, depending on the occasion. In the available modes, an overboost switch will be available, which will offer maximum power for a period of ten seconds.
The suspension will consist of McPherson struts at the front axle and a multi-link arrangement with hydraulically controlled shock absorbers at the rear just like the A110. Braking will be ensured by Brembo 320 mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers, while the braking system will also contribute to the recovery of kinetic energy from deceleration, which will be adjustable.