The rumors of an Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe were enticing enough, but the reality has turned out to be so much better. Alfa’s new sporty coupe instead will wear the legendary GTV nameplate, which has adorned a number of the company’s two-door models over the years.
We expect the four-seat, two-door GTV to be positioned as a competitor to the BMW 4-series and the Audi A5, sacrificing a bit of its sedan counterpart’s practicality in the name of style. A teaser image released as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ five-year plan shows a slinky silhouette, with a similar headlight shape as the Giulia but a more rakish roofline.
Lower-trim versions of the GTV are expected to share the Giulia’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, but the real excitement comes in the form of the GTV Quadrifoglio. Alfa says it will have more than 600 horsepower thanks to an electrified powertrain (called E-Boost) that will offer all-wheel-drive capability and torque vectoring. This should put the GTV well above the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio in terms of performance, as both of those existing models use a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 good for 505 horsepower.
This is all shaping up to be a particularly seductive package, but you’re probably going to have to wait a bit for it. Alfa doesn’t say when the GTV will officially arrive. Previous reports suggested the Giulia coupe would join the lineup this year, but the fact that the GTV Quadrifoglio will use a new hybrid powertrain likely means it probably will be further off than that. Still, the return of such a storied nameplate certainly is worth celebrating, and we eagerly await more information.
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