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Some of the greatest Alfa Romeos ever are making a comeback

Some of the greatest Alfa Romeos ever are making a comeback

Dejan Jovanovic 1 year ago
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Targeting sales of 400,000 cars a year by 2022, Alfa Romeo is expanding the line-up with seven new upcoming models including a 600 horsepower GTV coupe and a 700 horsepower mid-engined 8C hybrid

In 1974 designer Giorgetto Giugiaro got it so right with the Alfa Romeo GT the Italian manufacturer kept producing the rear-drive coupe all the way into 1987.

Succeeding Alfa’s twin-cam sports cars of the 1960s was no small feat, and the fastback Alfetta that followed peaked with the legendary Busso V6 driving a transaxle for optimal weight distribution, with tricks like inboard rear brakes to reduce unsprung weight, and one of the greatest sounding engine notes of all time.

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The new Alfa Romeo GTV has only been teased, but expect 600bhp and all-wheel drive

Now Alfa once again finds itself with a responsibility to follow a huge act, as the company announced a massive product onslaught by 2022 targeting annual sales of 400,000 cars thanks to seven new upcoming models.

And seeing as there hasn’t been a GTV model since 2006 (even then it was a front-wheel drive coupe that never really lived up to the proper old rear-drive cars) it’s perfect timing for Alfa Romeo to resurrect the nameplate.

The Alfa Romeo GTV, then, will be powered by the same Ferrari-rooted 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 you find in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, except it will make 600 horsepower and put it down to an all-wheel drive system ensuring 50:50 weight distribution. With electric boost tech Alfa claims turbo lag will be a thing of the past.

Since we can expect the next GTV to compete with rivals like the BMW M4 CS (460 horsepower) and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S (510 horsepower) we can also figure on a price of around Dh500,000 once the all-wheel drive Alfa goes on sale.

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The 8C is making its comeback in hybrid form with an electronic front axle and a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 driving the rear wheels

Meanwhile the Italians are on a roll and there are even promises of resurrecting the 8C as a mid-engined sporting flagship featuring a carbon-fibre monocoque and a hybrid drive system to produce 700 horsepower. With an electric motor driving the front axle and the combustion twin-turbo driving the rear, the 8C will accelerate from zero to 100kph in less than three seconds taking on the likes of McLaren’s 720S and the Ferrari 488.

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