ALFA HONOURS ITS HERITAGE
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.