Alpine’s 220hp A290 EV takes it back to the halcyon days of the hot hatch

French sports car maker Alpine has unveiled the second car to join its compact model line-up,  the battery-powered A290, which will sit alongside the petrol-powered A110. It won’t take a genius to connect the dots between the recently revealed Renault 5 EV and this model, as they are essentially twins. But Alpine, the long-standing maker of red-hot Renaults, has added some serious spice.For a start, it has thrown in some aggressive exterior styling, with ‘X’ motif spotlights, flared wheel arches

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