Alfa 8C re­born

Alfa res­ur­rects mid-en­gined su­per­car; two new SUVS and GTV coupé also planned

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Su­per­car to re­turn as 700bhp hy­brid

Alfa Romeo will launch a new ver­sion of its flag­ship 8C su­per­car, with an elec­tri­fied pow­er­train pro­duc­ing more than 700bhp, as part of a ma­jor range ex­pan­sion.

The re­turn­ing su­per­car, which will be ca­pa­ble of 0-62mph in less than three sec­onds, is a key part of the brand’s new five-year plan and will be launched along­side a new GTV sports car, a fourseater coupé ver­sion of the Gi­u­lia. The Ital­ian firm is also plan­ning two ad­di­tional new SUVS that will sit along­side the ex­ist­ing Stelvio.

The re­turn of the 8C name, which last ap­peared on a road­ster model that went out of pro­duc­tion in 2010, was con­firmed at the FCA Group’s Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Day at Alfa Romeo’s Balocco Prov­ing Ground in Italy last Fri­day.

The mid-en­gined car will use a new car­bon­fi­bre mono­coque and fea­ture a twin-turbo en­gine boosted by a mild-hy­brid elec­tric mo­tor on the front axle, pro­vid­ing it with all-wheel-drive ca­pa­bil­ity.

New Alfa Romeo boss Ti­mothy Ku­niskis de­scribed the 8C as a “true su­per­car that will be born for the track here at Balocco”, adding that the new model would be a vi­tal step in main­tain­ing the brand’s her­itage as it ex­pands into new seg­ments.

“Alfa will de­liver the sports car of each seg­ment it en­ters,” he said. “But we know our fu­ture de­pends on staying true to our sports car roots with cars de­signed to rep­re­sent the brand’s po­si­tion and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of cus­tomers.”

The GTV, a name given to the Gi­u­lia Coupé con­cept first re­vealed by Au­to­car ear­lier this year, will be “a sports car as at­tain­able as it is as­pi­ra­tional”, ac­cord­ing to Ku­niskis. The firm said the car will fea­ture an elec­tri­fied pow­er­train with more than 600bhp. Au­to­car un­der­stands the sys­tem will use a ki­netic en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem sim­i­lar to that used by For­mula 1 cars, mated to ei­ther a 2.0 or 2.9-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine to de­velop a to­tal of around 641bhp.

Like the 8C, it will of­fer all­wheel drive. The ma­chine will be a five-seater and ap­pears to be a two-door coupé from an im­age of the con­cept re­leased by Alfa Romeo.

Alfa bosses want the com­pany to grow global sales to more than 500,000 cars per year over the next five years. Key to that growth will be two new, un­named SUVS that will sit along­side the Stelvio in the line-up, one a com­pact SUV and the other a larger model

The pre­vi­ous 8C was a fron­tengined coupé and con­vert­ible

The GTV is ex­pected to use a 641bhp hy­brid pow­er­train

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