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ALFA ROMEO GTV AND SPIDER: HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT

Fiat Chrysler’s five-year product plan, revealed months ago, was a little light on information about upcomingAlfa Romeo models, especially ones we’re likely to see in the very near future. The automaker announced that it will develop a successor to the 8C halo coupe that debuted a decade ago, but this will hardly be a volume offering from the brand. Alfa Romeo also announced that it plans to field a crossover larger than the Stelvio by 2022, obviously aiming for the U.S. market, but that’s so far in the future that there is no telling where gas prices will be at that point in time, or if the planet will be here at all — 2022 might as well be 2052.

The best bit of news for Alfisti was the promise of a new GTV — a coupe variant of the Giulia in basic concept — due by 2021, along with a Spider version to be offered 18 months later. FCA indicated that in top form, the GTV will offer 600 hp courtesy of an electric boost system, aiming for souped-up versions of competitors such as the BMW 4-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

U.K.’s Car magazine now reports that the GTV will use the current 2.9-liter V6, good for 460 hp, along with a hybrid system that will deliver a combined 530 hp, also offering brief bursts north of 600 hp. When not aimed at smoking just about everything else on the road, the GTV will reportedly offer a pure-electric mode with 30 miles of range on tap. The GTV is expected to be available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, aiming for 50:50 weight distribution, and it’s logical to expect that the Spider will be offered with this range-topping powertrain as well.

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Expect four-cylinder engines in the GTV further down the range — something still has to be the base model — likely available in rear-wheel-drive flavor only.

The downside to this bit of news, of course, is the fact that we’ll likely have to wait until 2021 to try the new GTV, by which time the Giulia platform will have spent at least six years on the market. Needless to say, Alfa Romeo could have really used a GTV and Spider right when the sedan debuted back in 2016 — it’s difficult enough for U.S. dealers to make do with just a crossover and a sedan, along with the low-volume 4C. Add to this the fact that the Stelvio and the Giulia debuted in a very favorable economic climate, which is by no means guaranteed to persist into 2021 and 2022 when the new 8C and GTV are expected to go on sale.

This makes the upcoming GTV, Spider and 8C a bit of a bigger gamble in 2021 and 2022 than they would have been around this particular time, especially given the slow sales of the current 4C in the States.

Source : https://autoweek.com

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