Alfa Romeo GTV to spawn convertible?
The firm could bring back two emblematic nameplates.
In June, Alfa Romeo announced bold plans to introduce a coupe variant of the Giulia aimed right at the BMW 4 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, and the Audi A5. Sources familiar with the Italian company's plans suggest a convertible model is in the works, too.
The coupe will resurrect the heritage-laced GTV nameplate, and the convertible will wear the equally emblematic Spider name. Both models will ride on a shortened version of the Giorgio platform found under the Stelvio crossover and the aforementioned Giulia. British magazine Car reports both models will offer a 2+2 seating configuration, though the rear seats will be for occasional use only.
Like the GTV, the Spider will be available with a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain made up of the M3-fighting Giulia Quadrifoglio's 2.9-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. The two sources will produce up to 600 horsepower. Alternatively, the motor will be capable of powering the car alone for up to 30 miles.
That's the range-topper. More basic variants will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with either rear- or all-wheel drive. It's unclear whether Alfa will offer the 2.9-liter six without an electrified component.
You'll have to be patient if you want one. The magazine adds the Alfa Romeo GTV will arrive in showrooms by 2021, and the Spider will take another 18 months to make its debut. That means we might not see it until 2022, and it could be labeled a 2023 model when it goes on sale. Stay tuned; a lot can happen until then.
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