Look out BMW M4 and Audi RS5, an Italian is coming once again.
We've known for a while Alfa Romeo has been keen to do a coupe based on its utterly brilliant Giulia sedan. Unfortunately, coupes, let alone sedans, aren't exactly flying off dealership lots anymore, hence the push to get the Stelvio crossover on sale. Now that Alfa has its high-riding four-door, attention is returning to a coupe, and Autocar has learned of some exciting new details. According to unnamed sources, Alfa Romeo is developing the Giulia-base coupe with a Formula 1-style energy recovery system.
Interestingly, the system is possibly derived from the HY-KERS system developed by Ferrari for the LaFerrari. It's worth noting the system was not intended to be emissions focused, but rather performance oriented. The system in development over at Alfa Romeo, however, will still offer reduced emissions and better overall fuel economy along with some level of performance boost. It also sounds like Alfa Romeo has devoted a lot of time and energy to this system, as Autocar also points out, "the motor, control systems, inverter and battery pack will all need to be accommodated and there might also be a liquid cooling system to optimize battery performance and durability, as with the LaFerrari."
Two separate powertrains are set to utilize this system: the familiar 2.0-liter turbo four with 276 hp from the Giulia Veloce and the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 found in the Giulia QV with 505 hp. When connected to the new energy recovery system, output is expected to increase to a combined 345 hp and 641 hp, respectively. Take note: the Ferrari 488 GTB has 661 hp. Compared to the direct competition, the BMW M4 CS has 454 hp, the Audi RS5 with 444 hp, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S with 503 hp. Rumored to be called Sprint or GTV, the new Alfa Romeo coupe will borrow some of its sheetmetal from the Giulia sedan, though the front and rear ends, roofline, and other styling changes are expected.
It won't be as simple as slicing the rear doors off and calling it a day. Another potential body style is a four-door coupe, similar to the Audi RS5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. No word yet as to when the coupe will launch, but we suspect there'll be further updates later this year.