Alfa 8C reborn
Alfa resurrects mid-engined supercar; two new SUVS and GTV coupé also planned
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