Alpine faces a big challenge in selling the production A290
The Alpine A290 Beta concept signals the brand’s intention to sell cars to a younger audience
Alpine has designed the A290 Beta to capture the attention of Generation Z. Will this approach succeed in winning sales from that audience, though?
Ask enthusiasts in their twenties what their favourite hot hatch is and most will describe something that has been fitted with a huge tailpipe and given a pop-and-bang engine tune. An EV obviously can’t provide either, so why the fakery?
Then there’s the faux exhausts in the rear bumper, which are meant to resemble fans from a gaming computer.
This detail is apparently an in-joke between the designers and Renault Group boss Luca de Meo, but it doesn’t land very well, and feels slightly mocking as a result.
There’s also the age-old issue that very few zoomers (or millennials, for that matter) can afford to rent a room in a big city, let alone afford what is expected to be a £40,000 car.
Alpine faces quite a challenge to overcome, then, but if anyone can make it work, I’d bet on its engineers, steeped as they are in Renaultsport’s history of world-beating hot hatches.