Sleek sports car will rival Porsche 911 as “an icon of future sports cars” as part of seven-strong EV line-up.
Alpine is bringing back the A310 as a rakish, four-seat electric sports car, and bosses have confirmed the model will remain true to the principles of lightness and agility that have come to define the French firm.
The revived A310 is one of seven new electric cars set to be launched by 2030 as part of a wholesale reinvention programme for the Renault Group’s sporting brand.
It will be based on the same Alpine Performance Platform (APP) as the forthcoming electric A110 coupé, due in 2027, and is expected to serve in effect as a more practical alternative to the flagship two-seater, in a relationship mirroring that of the Porsche 718 Cayman and 911.
The performance-oriented APP architecture has been conceived to be as configurable as possible and will underpin a compact four-seater that Alpine bosses say will tout engaging driving dynamics to make it “an icon of future sports cars”.
Alpine marketing director Bruce Pillard said: “If all our future models are going to be electric, they’re going to be true Alpines. They will have the DNA of agility and lightness. Even if it’s an electric car with a battery inside, you’re going to feel the lightness. That’s very important.”
Design director Antony Villain added: “We want to do a 2+2 sports car, and of course some time in the past we had the A310, so we will bring together these two ideas as a first intention. Our work now is to frame the [APP] platform that we’re working on, and the final design will be finished in a year and a half.”
The decision to make the A310 a four-seater comes in line with Alpine’s transformative initiative to move away from being a niche manufacturer to becoming a key volume player on the world stage.
A diversified seven-strong line-up will comprise the Renault 5-based A290 hot hatchback, A110 (in both coupé and roadster forms), A310, GT X-Over crossover and even D- and E-segment luxury range-toppers all due within the next seven years.
Pillard said the A310 is emblematic of Alpine’s bid for mass appeal: “The A110 is limited in volume because it’s a two-seater, and we know that adding two more seats in a car will make a huge difference.”
That the cars are electric is “not the problem”, Pillard added, but the focus is on giving them each a distinctive character – and therefore appeal – for customers.
Villain said the “vast expertise” that Alpine has at its disposal, including its Formula 1 race team and recently appointed CEO Philippe Krief, formerly of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, will be instrumental in achieving this.
Villain added that Alpine is working on taking the next A110 “to the next level” for the electric era, saying that he wants the trademark two-seater to be a “reference point for the next 50 years”.
As well as readying a raft of mass-market battery-electric sports cars, Alpine is also working to develop a running prototype of its outlandish Alpenglow hypercar concept.
Due to be revealed “soon”, it’s set to serve as a showcase for the feasibility of hydrogen-combustion technology in the performance car sector.