Alfa Romeo’s forthcoming front-engine, rear-/all-wheel-drive sports coupe, the Alfa Romeo GTV, will likely go on sale in 2021, according to the UK’s Car Magazine, but it turns out that the new car might offer something its four-door stablemate – the Giulia – most certainly does not: a convertible variant. According to Car‘s sources, the drop-top Alfa Romeo GTV ought to appear on the scene some 18 months after the hard-top model. Of course, both will make use of the same nimble, lightweight Giorgio platform employed by the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio crossover utility vehicle.
Powering both versions of the forthcoming Alfa Romeo GTV will be the same twin-turbocharged, 2.9L V6 that propels the ludicrously-quick Giulia Quadrifoglio. The engine in that application pumps out a staggering 505 horsepower at its peak. Yet Car‘s sources suggest the engine might only kick out a mere 460 brake-horsepower in the GTV, with an electric motor providing another 70 brake-horsepower for a total peak petrol/electric hybrid output on the order of 530 bhp.
A so-called “E-Boost” system is said to allow for brief spurts of more than 600 horsepower, and a pure-electric driving mode could provide up to 30 miles of emissions-free driving range.
Granted, most or all of these powertrain details apply only to what will be the most-expensive of the Alfa Romeo GTV; lower-priced, lower-powered versions of the car are anticipated, likely making use of the Giulia‘s 280-horsepower turbocharged, 2.0L four-cylinder. But regardless of powertrain, the forthcoming Alfa Romeo GTV will undoubtedly deliver superb handling, thanks in large part to an optimal 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles.