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.
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.
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.