Alfa Romeo 8C To Be Reborn As Mid-Engined 700-HP Supercar

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The 8C isn't the only legendary sports car Alfa Romeo is reviving either.

FCA is finally giving Alfa Romeo the attention it deserves, with the announcement of an ambitious five-year road map. By 2022, Alfa Romeo will launch seven new models or refreshed models to double its current range, including the return of two legendary sports cars. Yes, you guessed right: the fabled Alfa Romeo 8C is finally making a comeback for the first time in nearly 10 years. The new 8C will be a twin-turbo, mid-engined sports car that will act as Alfa Romeo's new halo car - and we couldn't be happier.

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It will also have an electrified front axle delivering at least 700 hp and a 0-62 mph time of less than three seconds. The last time the 8C nameplate was used was the alluring 8C Competizione from 2007 to 2010, a front-engined sports car powered by a 4.7-liter, Ferrari-sourced V8 with 477 horsepower. But the 8C isn't the only historical nameplate Alfa Romeo is reviving. FCA also confirmed production of a new GTV, which will essentially be the long-rumored coupe version of the Giulia. The new GTV will have more than 600 hp thanks to E-Boost technology, and feature all-wheel-drive torque vectoring, 50/50 weight distribution and four seats.

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Alfa will deliver the sports car of each segment it enters," said Alfa Romeo brand boss Timothy Kuniskis, as reported by Autocar. "We know our future depends on staying true to our sports car roots, cars designed to represent the brand's position and inspire the next generation of customers. The 8C is a true supercar with a mid-engined, carbon fiber monocoque chassis and electrified AWD system. It's a car that will be born for the track here at Bolocco." Kuniskis also confirmed the 4C will be scrapped by 2022. As well as bringing back two of its most iconic sports cars, Alfa Romeo will launch two new SUVs alongside the successful Stelvio.

One will be a mid-size SUV positioned below the Stelvio, while the other new model will be a larger SUV. Long-wheelbase versions of the Giulia and Stelvio are also coming. The aggressive product onslaught was announced by new Alfa brand boss Timothy Kuniskis at FCA's Capital Market Day conference in Italy, who added that the new Alfa Romeo line-up will cover 70 percent of the global premium market by 2022. By then, Alfa Romeo will also electrify its entire range and launch six plug-in hybrids.

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