It’s happening, Alfa Romeo fans. The brand looks set to offer at least one more internal-combustion, mid-engine sports car before it goes electric in 2027.
Speaking with Auto Express, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said the world will “see something sporty in the first half of 2023”.
“We will probably have some surprising, interesting proposals that will not always be full EV for the coming two years,” he said.
Auto Express says the vehicle could be a mid-engine sports car with a carbon-fibre chassis.
Alfa Romeo has flirted with dedicated sports cars in the past two decades. The 8C Competizione, sold between 2007 and 2010, was a front-engined V8 with classically-inspired looks, while the 4C was a compact mid-engine sports car with power from a turbocharged 1.7-litre engine.
In 2022, its sports car flagship is the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. It’s powered by a 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 engine making 375kW and 600Nm, sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 3.9 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 307km/h.
Auto Express reports a version of that 2.9-litre V6, also used in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, could feature in the new Alfa Romeo sports car. In the limited-run Giulia GTA it makes 402kW.
The brand’s design head, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, has previously said Alfa Romeo models won’t feature retro design language, but would trigger an emotional or visceral response.
Mr Imparato has previously said he’s eager to introduce Alfa Romeo halo cars that would harken back to two classic models.
“I absolutely have two dreams: 33 Stradale and Duetto,’ he told CAR in January 2022.
“If one day, I’m able to say okay, ‘Alfa Romeo is secure now’. [Then] Duetto and 33 Stradale are my favourite options for the future. I would like to bring [them] onto the market. We can dream.”
Alfa Romeo will transition to selling only all-electric vehicles in 2027. It’ll follow its fellow Stellantis brands DS and Lancia, which will become EV-only in 2024.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares announced the transition to EV-only line-ups for the company’s three ‘Premium’ brands during an earnings call on the Franco-Italian-American giant’s results for the first half of 2021.
The Alfa Romeo brand will target three “basecamps”: Europe, North America and China. It has, however, committed to right-hand drive markets.