Alfa Romeo could announce an exclusive, limited-run supercar project as soon as March next year.
The brand’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato told Autocar the project hasn’t been given the green light just yet, but work is ongoing.
“When you visit the museum of Arese, you see so many ideas from our past,” said Mr Imparato.
“Yes, we are working on something ‘few of’ [i.e. limited-run] for Alfa Romeo.”
It’s unclear at this stage if the limited-run Alfa Romeo supercar will have an internal-combustion engine (ICE), hybrid, or all-electric powertrain.
Mr Imparato hinted to Autocar that it would be a bespoke model and not share parts with another Stellantis brand or model, such as the Maserati MC20.
He added the limited-run car would not just be a track car, but one that could be driven everyday.
“It could be iconic, super-sexy and recognisable as an Alfa Romeo at first sight,” said Mr Imparato.
“It’s not done yet, but it’s ongoing. The positioning is ongoing. We have so many fans asking for something special.”
Alfa Romeo has offered a couple of dedicated sports cars over the past two decades. The 8C Competizione, sold here between 2007 and 2010, was a classically inspired front-engined V8 grand tourer.
There was also the 4C, sold here from 2014 to 2021, which was a compact mid-engine sports car powered by a 1.7-litre turbocharged engine.
Alfa Romeo’s current sports car flagship is the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan.
The company recently announced it has become profitable again and currently has a new range of cars signed off for launch up to 2027.
The Tonale arrives locally from February next year, and will be followed by updates of the Giulia and Stelvio which are due in the first half of 2023.
Mr Imparato told Autocar Alfa Romeo is working on an all-electric sibling to the Jeep Avenger that’ll reportedly launch in 2024, an electric Giulia replacement to launch in 2025, as well as a larger electric SUV due around 2026.
This electric Giulia replacement will reportedly be the first model in the Stellantis lineup to be built on the group’s next-generation electric architecture, and Mr Imparato says it will be the brand’s core sports model.
“It has 5G and new era technology that will bring to market something special,” said Mr Imparato in regard to this new electric platform.
The brand will transition to selling only electric vehicles (EVs) 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 lineups 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.