The next cadence in Alfa Romeo’s resurgence is expected to come in the form of a coupe version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia. While this future product has been known for some time, it’s now rumored the car will pack some insane power by way of an F1-style hybrid system.
Citing sources familiar with Alfa’s future product plans, AutoCar reports the Italian automaker is developing two hybrid powertrains to use in the new coupe. The two will be based on the current Giulia’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6.
The report states that Alfa is targeting a power output of 345 horsepower with the revised 2.0-liter, while the hybridized 2.9-liter may pack as much as 641 horsepower. It’s speculated the hybrid power will be similar to the energy recovery system (ERS) found on the Ferrari LaFerrari; basically electric motors will be optimized for performance, offering low-end torque where the conventional engine is weaker.
Despite the new, beastly engine options, Alfa is expected to continue to offer the base 276 horsepower and 505 horsepower variants of each engine.
From a design perspective the Giulia Coupe is expected to share the same front forward sheet metal with the sedan. The roofline, doors and rear design are expected to be unique to the coupe model.
What isn’t entirely clear is which name badge the car will wear. Rumors suggest Alfa may utilize the Sprint moniker for the car, but that is unconfirmed at this time. Alfa is expected to reveal the coupe later this year with an on-sale date sometime in 2019.
The Giulia coupe is one of two specialty cars Alfa Romeo is planning to launch between now and 2020. In addition to the two specialty cars, a compact SUV, midsize SUV, compact car and midsize sedan are also expected to launch. All are expected to bolster the brand’s resurgence efforts, particularly in the U.S.