Alfa Romeo’s upcoming supercar, rumoured to be known as the 6C, is on the verge of being sold out despite the fact that it has yet to be unveiled or officially approved by Stellantis, the Italian brand’s parent company.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, Alfa Romeo’s CEO, told Autocar the company has already begun taking deposits for the car.
“It will be sold out before I unveil the car,” Imparato told the magazine.
The CEO said the design team is “proud of our contribution to the history of Alfa Romeo”. He also claimed the new car will be “iconic, super-sexy and recognisable as an Alfa Romeo at first sight”, as well as “something that I could put aside the 8C in the museum of Arese”.
Imparato hinted at the likelihood the supercar will feature an internal-combustion engine, rather than an electric drivetrain, stating, “To take this type of decision in 2022 in a group like Stellantis, everyone considers that you are completely mad”.
Parent Stellantis is due to make a final decision on the supercar’s production in April. Given today’s latest musings, it seems as though as this is a fait accompli, or perhaps Imparato is trying to give the automaker’s board a nudge in the right direction.
Assuming all goes to plan, the supercar will be officially unveiled to the public around the middle of the year, during the northern summer.
Little is known about the car, although it’s probably safe to assume it will be a two-door coupe. The only design detail revealed so far has been its tail-light graphics, which were glimpsed ever-so-briefly in a video presented in January this year.
Rumours have abounded Alfa Romeo’s new supercar will be known as the 6C. Given both generations of the 8C gained their name due to the eight-cylinder engine under the bonnet, it seems highly likely the 6C will be powered by a version of the Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine from the Quadrifoglio variants of the Stelvio and Giulia.
In the GTAm an eight-speed automatic is the only option, while the Zagato is equipped with a six-speed manual.
While the GTAm is a track-focussed vehicle, the new supercar is reportedly being designed to be usable as a daily driver.
If these reports are correct, the new supercar could prove to be the highlight of the twin-turbo V6’s career. Launched in 2015 with the Giulia sedan, the Ferrari-developed engine’s days are numbered with Alfa Romeo committed to becoming an EV-only brand by 2027.
The current-generation Giulia will end production in 2025, with the related Stelvio crossover is set to ride off into the sunset by 2026. Both cars will be replaced by EVs based on the STLA Large architecture shared with the likes of Dodge and Jeep.