According to Autocar‘s sources, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ sporty Alfa Romeo brand is working on a two-door coupe version of the compact Giulia sedan, which could produce as much as 650 horsepower – depending on guise – thanks to a Formula One-style energy recovery system (ERS). That’s with the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s existing 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Quadrifoglio; in models using the more common 2.0-liter turbo I4, peak output could reportedly be around 350 horsepower.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe – which could be called something else altogether – might bow before the end of the year and go on sale as a 2019 model, Autocar reports. The outlet says the new model could go by “Sprint”, but that “GTV” (for “Grant Turismo Veloce”) might be more historically appropriate.
The new coupe version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia will reportedly keep the sedan’s rear seating, and the sheet metal forward of the A-pillar is expected to stay pretty much the same, but the roof line could change, the doors are expected to grow in length to ease rear-seat access, and a fresh new front fascia is almost a given. Whether or not the car will gain a hatchback, spawning a capacious shooting brake version, is unknown.
As for the Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe’s energy recovery system, like the Quadrifoglio’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, the technology will probably come from Ferrari. Some version of the supercar brand’s HY-KERS – similar to that used on the LaFerrari – seems likely, and while the primary goal of the system will be performance, some boost in efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions is inevitable.