Little by little, Alfa Romeo is firming up its presence in North America, and while doing so is gradually updating a lineup that is getting more interesting every year.
After the 4C reintroduced the name on this side of the Atlantic, the Giulia and the Stelvio solidified the Italian automaker’s foothold in the market. And the company is not done. It has already confirmed a coupe version of the Giulia, which will take the iconic GTV letters and is expected to be ready by 2021.
The news this week is that a convertible version is also in the works, and it should follow the soft-top by a year, debuting in 2022.
These two models will round out the Giulia model range, giving the automaker the weapons it needs to go to war with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, et al.
We can expect to see several trims of the GTV made available, but the most interesting of these will be the one sitting at very top of the hierarchy. With the support of an electric motor, the car will be able to deliver a healthy 600 hp via the 2.9L twin-turbo V6 of the Giluia Quadrifoglio, itself already capable of 505 hp. Fitted in the GTV its output will climb to 530 hp thanks to the presence of the electric motor. Added to that will be short-duration electric power to bring the total up to or beyond 600.
These numbers will make performance lovers sit and take notice. What’s more, the firm’s engineers are promising perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. Then consider the all-wheel drive and active torque vectoring that will also be part of the mix…
There’s more: the car will, the company says, be able to drive up to 30 km in all-electric mode.
To think we’ll have to wait until 2022…