* Based on the architecture of the current Giulia sedan
* Two new possible engine options, both using Formula 1-style hybrid system
* 2.0-liter I-4 could make 345 horsepower, 2.9-liter V-6 as much as 641 horsepower
* Top-spec coupe would be most powerful Alfa Romeo production car ever
* Could arrive at AutoNation-affiliated Alfa Romeo dealers as soon as next year
The introduction of its new Giulia sedan was a huge moment for Alfa Romeo, as it was the storied Italian marque’s first mainstream offering available on our shores in two decades. While the model had teething issues —numerous outlets reported problems with their testers — it was also heralded as an amazing driver’s car, and the hot rod Quadrifoglio version scored a production sedan record at Germany’s notorious Nürburgring. Now our friends at Autocar are reporting that a two-door Giulia is on the way.
While there would likely be some carryover of powertrains from the current Giulia sedan, which offers a turbo 2.0-liter four or a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, the most exciting news is unquestionably about the new ones, which would use a hybrid energy-recovery system similar to what’s found in Formula 1 cars — and provide big boosts in power. That means the top-spec 2.9-liter V-6 could make as much as 641 horsepower, and the 2.0-liter a very respectable 345 horsepower. Whether the full range of options would end up here isn’t known, but we’d say we’re certain to see the V-6.
At this point, all the info is based on anonymous sources, but it’s a reasonable jump to think that Alfa Romeo would seek to broaden its product line with something to compete with heavyweights like the BMW M4, the Audi RS5, or the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. And if the fantastic performance of the Giulia is any indication, this new Alfa should be a tough customer when it comes to a shootout at the track. Cross your fingers we hear something official soon.