Alfa Romeo was one of the key brands featured in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 2018 Capital Markets Day presentation last week, with brand chief Tim Kuniskis announcing that the Italian marque is set to revive the storied “GTV” badge with an all-new sports coupe by 2022. According to Kuniskis, the two-door sportscar will feature a 2+2 layout, an ideal 50/50 weight distribution, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, and more than 600 horsepower (depending on the model) thanks to an electric supercharger system that Alfa Romeo is referring to as “e-Boost”.
Alfa says its “e-boost” system will deliver as much as 25 percent more power than a comparable turbocharger, with none of the turbo lag. Kuniskis didn’t say as much, but it’s pretty safe to assume the new Alfa Romeo GTV is the sporty, two-door version of the Giulia sedan that Autocar caught wind of back in April, meaning it’ll probably be supported by the same record-setting Giorgio platform.
In its report, Autocar speculated that the Alfa Romeo GTV could bow before the end of the year, going on sale as a 2019-model-year vehicle in at least two flavors: a “basic” model with around 350 horsepower, and a souped-up one with up to 650 horsepower on tap. We might not have to wait very long to find out whether Autocar is correct.
The Alfa Romeo GTV – or “Gran Turismo Veloce” – badge is an historically significant one for the Italian marque, debuting in the mid-’60s on a sporty, two-door version of the Giulia sedan of the time. The name carried over to a version of the Alfetta (Tipo 116) introduced the following decade, and finally, reappeared in the mid-’90s on an all-new Alfa Romeo GTV sportscar (Tipo 916).