ALFA HON­OURS ITS HER­ITAGE

Autocar - - NEWS - RICHARD BREM­NER

A 700bhp-plus mid-en­gined su­per­car, a new GTV coupé with more than 600bhp – Alfa Romeo is cer­tainly ce­ment­ing its re­turn to the high-per­for­mance mar­ket. These new cars build on the im­pres­sive Gi­u­lia and Stelvio Quadri­foglios, but with the dif­fer­ence that they have the dra­matic, sport­ing de­signs ex­pected of Alfa.

The 8C res­ur­rects a model name last used for the front-en­gined Com­pe­tizione V8 coupé and con­vert­ible. The new car­bon­fi­bre 8C will use the Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio’s twin-turbo V6 in com­bi­na­tion with an elec­tric front axle, un­der­lin­ing Alfa’s fu­ture tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion while ref­er­enc­ing its past.

The teaser im­age re­veals a car clearly in­spired by the beau­ti­ful 1967 33 Stradale (above right), of which only 18 were made.

The Stradale was the first pro­duc­tion car to of­fer di­he­dral doors, and it’s pos­si­ble that the new 8C will also fea­ture them. The 8C will be man­u­fac­tured in greater num­bers than the Stradale, but will be low-vol­ume and have a six-digit price.

More af­ford­able will be the new GTV, also avail­able with hy­brid driv­e­trains. Coupés are mod­est sell­ers but have been a vi­tal part of Alfa’s glam­ourous his­tory. This new GTV will also be an im­por­tant ri­val to BMW’S 4 Se­ries.

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