As part of Fiat Chrysler’s newly announced 5 year plan, it came as little surprise how much of that will be predicated on the success of the newly resurgent Alfa Romeo brand with their recent models, the Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV.
FCA chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne’s keynote last week detailed a number of new models that are planned for Alfa’s horizon, outlining the Italian marque’s four-year rollout strategy that will include the return of past nameplates such as the GTV and 8C.
The previous GTV, a two-door 2+2 coupe that’s an acronym for Gran Turismo Veloce, ended production in 2006, whereupon it was replaced with the short-lived Brera. It’s fairly safe to assume that the this all-new model will essentially be a sportier two-door version of the four-door Giulia, much akin to the relationship between the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series. This could also spawn a convertible body style, but it’s unclear yet whether Alfa Romeo will choose to name that their new Spider.
It will feature some technologies new to the Alfa Romeo brand, however, such as a hybrid assisted powertrain that will take its 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 to over 447kW. Apart from this, all GTV will seem to be all-wheel driven and feature advanced torque vectoring.
Next up is the 8C which, in case you missed it, was a gorgeous and quite compact two-door GT made mostly out of carbon fibre and aluminium and powered by a naturally aspirated V8 from Maserati. From the silhouette teased during the presentation, the car seems to be evolving into a truly fire breathing mid-engine supercar.
Again, the 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo is used as a means of primary propulsion, but like the GTV comes with an electrified performance-boosting component - this time an electric motor mounted at the front axle for a total output of over 522kW, enough thrust for a predicted 0-100km/h time of under 3 seconds.
Along with the halo 8C and volume performance GTV model, Alfa is planning on proliferating its electrified powertrain strategy throughout its portfolio and culling its diesel engines in the process, introducing variations of mass market cars with a standard E-Booster that can augment turbocharger performance and thereby eliminate lag while improving fuel consumption and power delivery. Furthermore, more and more volume sellers will be offered either as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
Going forward, both the Giulia and Stelvio will continue to play significant roles, but more will be invested in the Alfa Romeo’s Giulia platform, which is predicted to form the underpinnings of an even larger SUV and larger premium saloon, including ones to serve long wheelbase purposes for markets like China.