Alfa Romeo has been teasing the likelihood it’d launch a brand new supercar since final January. Now, it’s confirming plans to convey a limited-edition sports activities automotive to market, with a debut scheduled Aug. 30.
Based on a teaser first launched on Instagram, it’s broadly anticipated that the brand new mannequin might be dubbed the 6C. Comments made to Britain’s Autocar by Alfa CEO Philippe Imparato earlier this 12 months counsel the brand new mannequin might be based mostly on the legendary T33 Stradale, of which a mere 18 have been made again in 1967.
Alfa is planning to convey automotive journalists to Milan for the debut. But, in line with the best way most producers now reveal new merchandise, a brand new Twitter submit signifies the occasion might be webcast, as effectively.
Dream just a little dream
The tweet contains a close-up of a grille, beneath which, the automaker says in Italian, “Il coraggio di sognare,” which implies “The courage to dream.”
While official particulars received’t be revealed till the top of subsequent month, there’s knowledgeable hypothesis about what’s to come back.
To begin, this is able to mark the primary sports activities automotive to come back from the Italian model because the mid-engine Alfa Romeo 4C was pulled from manufacturing three years in the past. Introduced in 2013, the 4C was meant to place a halo on the long-struggling model following the merger of guardian Fiat and Detroit’s Chrysler Corp. And it marked the model’s reestablishment within the U.S. market after a decades-long absence. All instructed, about 10,000 4C sport vehicles have been bought worldwide.
Drawing from the previous
The 6C designation, in the meantime, has its personal lengthy historical past. It was used on a wide range of 6-cylinder fashions produced by Alfa from 1927 to 1953.
The badge would reappear as a part of a broad product program being rolled out beneath Stellantis, the trans-Atlantic automaker fashioned by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France’s Groupe PSA.
As for the 33 nameplate, it dates again to the mid-Nineteen Sixties, famous Automotive News Europe, and a observe model received the world sports activities automotive championship twice, in 1975 and once more in 1977.
The street-legal T33 Stradale was a two-seat, rear-engine coupe that was in-built extraordinarily restricted numbers again in 1967. Its pint-sized 2.0-liter V-8 produced 230 horsepower, a modest quantity right now however, at 115 hp per liter, a big accomplishment in its day.
With a serving to hand from Maserati
The supercar that Alfa is planning to disclose Aug. 30 might take design affect from the T33, however its anticipated to observe a really totally different path, from an engineering perspective, the automaker basing it on the present MC20 Cielo constructed by Alfa’s Italian sibling model, Maserati, information stories counsel.
Starting at 271,000 euros, or simply over $301,000, the MC20 Cielo roadster makes use of a mid-engine format. The 6C, hypothesis goes, will pair a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with twin electrical motors to punch out round 800 hp. That could be, if correct, about 179 hp greater than the Cielo.
Looking to the long run
That type of drivetrain would, once more, function a halo for Alfa Romeo model because the automaker is making a transition from inside combustion to battery-electric know-how, with hybrid fashions serving as a bridge.
It’s begun the migration with the gas-electric model of the Tonale SUV that not too long ago went on sale within the U.S. Alfa has indicated a number of all-electric fashions are beneath growth, together with an SUV which may be provided solely within the American market. But, in line with guarantees Imparato has made, the electrical SUV might be imported from Italy.
It’s potential Alfa might need one other debut on faucet for subsequent month, with a “Designer’s Cut” model of the 4C on faucet, the automaker confirmed. It would mark the tenth anniversary of that little two-seater.