The best part of news for Alfisti was the promise of a new GTV .FCA indicated that in top form, the GTV will offer 600 hp courtesy of an electric boost system, aiming for souped-up versions of competitors such as the BMW 4-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
U.K.’s Car magazine now reports that the GTV will use the current 2.9-liter V6, good for 460 hp, along with a hybrid system that will deliver a combined 530 hp, also offering brief bursts north of 600 hp. The GTV is expected to be available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, aiming for 50:50 weight distribution, and it’s logical to expect that the Spider will be offered with this range-topping powertrain as well.
Expect four-cylinder engines in the GTV further down the range — something still has to be the base model — likely available in rear-wheel-drive flavor only.
The downside to this bit of news, of course, is the fact that we’ll likely have to wait until 2021 to try the new GTV. Needless to say, Alfa Romeo could have really used a GTV and Spider right when the sedan debuted back in 2016 — it’s difficult enough for U.S. dealers to make do with just a crossover and a sedan, along with the low-volume 4C. Add to this the fact that the Stelvio and the Giulia debuted in a very favorable economic climate, which is by no means guaranteed to persist into 2021 and 2022 when the new 8C and GTV are expected to go on sale.
This makes the upcoming GTV, Spider and 8C a bit of a bigger gamble in 2021 and 2022 than they would have been around this particular time, especially given the slow sales of the current 4C in the States.