Let’s spend a bit of time decoding the A290 Beta name. The A refers to Alpine of course. The 2 refers to the size, which in this case B-segment seems to be 2. The 90 refers to ‘multipurpose’ vehicles, while 10 will be used for pure sports car bodies. Based that, we suppose if Alpine ever makes a long wheelbase electric gran touring coupe, it will be called A410 or something.
And finally, Beta refers to beta test, which indicates this will still be a concept car close to production instead of a production car. Both the Renault 5 and its Alpine A290 counterpart will probably only see production cars hit the showrooms sometime in 2024.
When we talked about an Alpine-badged go quick Renault 5 back in 2021, the numbers thrown about was 215 horsepower, front wheel drive and a 100 km/h sprint time of about six seconds. We’ll know the finalised numbers when the A290 Beta is unveiled on May 9 2023.