The location: Geneva.
Things haven't been so great for Alfa Romeo over the past several months. Despite having two amazing models, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the iconic Italian brand has been struggling to catch on in the US. Sales have been down and the arrival of a compact SUV called Tonale, one of the best-selling segments these days, has yet to materialize. However, it appears Alfa Romeo has something else coming to Geneva next week and, by the looks of it, it could be extremely special.
Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but the Italian firm has just released this brief teaser video announcing a "momentous comeback." The clip does not show any vehicle or even a hint of one, but rather the wonderful sound of an engine.
Now, this brings up all kinds of possibilities. If you recall, there were previous rumors Alfa was plotting a successor to the 8C, potentially as a mid-engined supercar. However, a report from last November claimed this was no longer the case. Fortunately, a second performance car was also said to be in the works, possibly to be named GTV. A couple of leaked images supposedly showing the GTV coupe appeared nearly a year ago, so we remain hopeful this is what Alfa has planned next week.
And what type of powertrain can we expect, GTV or not? Well, it's certainly not an all-electric, but a hybrid boost feature, for example, shouldn't be ruled out.
It'd be nice to see the brand make further use of the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Adding hybrid assist would certainly boost this output even higher. But again, this is all speculation on our part. It's still entirely possible the Tonale crossover will be making its official debut.
On another related Alfa Romeo note, word still has it an even more powerful version of the Giulia Quatrafoglio is on the way, possibly to be called the Giulia GTA. A new spy shot (below) is reportedly that vehicle, though it is admittedly difficult to confirm from the image quality. A more powerful Giulia GTA would surely require additional front-end cooling and the vehicle here show's some camouflage in around the right areas. Could the Geneva premiere be the Giulia GTA? Perhaps both the GTA and GTV?
Full details are only a week away so stay tuned.