Clipped Cloverleaf Alfa Romeo’s ambitious comeback has already resurrected the iconic Giulia badge. Now it’s the GTV’s turn. Words by: Gareth Dean. Rendering by Drive-My.
Given the strong likelihood the GTV will be a niche model, reports have emerged from Italy suggesting Alfa will offer its two-door sportscar only as a Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) high-performance model. Power will come courtesy of the Guilia QV’s 2,9-litre turbocharged petrol V6, with what Alfa has dubbed e-Boost, a yet-to-be-detailed supplementary power source (possibly similar to KERS) that will pump in excess of 690bhp through an AWD drivetrain with torque-vectoring.
RETURN OF GIORGIO
The company’s Giorgio platform, which forms the foundations of myriad Chrysler/Jeep models, not to mention the Guilia and Stelvio, will underpin the next-generation GTV. This modular unit will be conigured for AWD and contribute to what Alfa claims will be an optimal 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
MORE THAN A HINT OF GIULIA
In addition to sharing its platform, the GTV will also derive much of its styling from the Giulia, with slight tweaks to the headlamps, the signature shield-shaped grille and broad rear haunches. The rooline isn’t as rakish as you’d expect, as the next GTV will include seating at the rear.
THREE LITTLE LETTERS
The first GTV badge – translated as gran turismo veloce, or literally “fast grand tourer” – was fixed to the tail of a two-door spinoff of the Guilia sedan in the mid-1960s. It would reappear on the likes of the Alfetta (including the SA-built GTV6) in the Seventies before gracing the edgy-looking Pininfarina-penned GTV that served as the company’s two-seater sportscar between 1994 and 2004.