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Alpine A290 Conquers Arctic Circle in Successful Cold Weather Test

The Alpine A290’s triumphant completion of cold weather testing in Sweden highlights its preparedness to redefine the electric hot hatch segment, showcasing its innovative features and durability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rigorous testing in extreme Swedish conditions focused on handling and agility in low grip situations.
  • Meticulous fine-tuning ensures excellence in all weather conditions, backed by cutting-edge technology and dynamic performance.
  • Official debut slated for June 2024, offering a peek into the future of electric sports cars with its unique features and design.

In the heart of Sweden’s Lapland, near the Arctic Circle, the Alpine A290 has been undergoing a pivotal phase of development. Over two years, Alpine’s engineering team has dedicated itself to refining the A290, marking a significant leap forward for the brand in the electric vehicle market. The recent completion of testing under harsh conditions aims to ensure the A290 not only meets but exceeds expectations for modern electric sports cars.

“Our A290, the future compact B-segment electric sports car, is currently being tested in the extreme and demanding conditions of Sweden’s Lapland,” stated Philippe Krief, Alpine CEO. “The target of this important stage is to confirm the direction we have taken with handling and agility, which is part of our DNA on low grip conditions.”

“To fine-tune its development so that it can be effective in all circumstances and all-weather conditions, the winter development stage of the A290 is crucial as it is a completely new car,” he added. “Our engineering team has scrutinised all the criteria, and the results bode extremely well for its launch in the coming months.”

The A290’s testing regimen covered its low-grip performance in temperatures below -30°C, as well as its dynamic performance, including motor responsiveness and driving precision. Emphasis was placed on its ability to handle extreme conditions, evaluating its heating system, defogging, defrosting capabilities, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on snow.

The A290 debuted in an exclusive Alpine camouflage, featuring the ‘A-Arrow’ logo and the iconic Alpine Blue color scheme, showcasing its definitive bodywork and dimensions. The collaboration between Alpine and Michelin has resulted in custom tyres, including the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 winter tyre and two sport summer tyres, designed to enhance performance across various driving conditions. With its successful cold weather testing complete, the Alpine A290 is poised to redefine the electric hot hatch segment upon its official debut in June 2024.

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