The 220 hp A290 EV from Alpine takes us back to the glory days of the hot hatch

French sports car manufacturer Alpine has unveiled the second car to join its compact model range, the battery-powered A290, which will join the petrol-powered A110.

It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots between the recently unveiled 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.