New Alfa Romeo Range Will Likely Be Topped By 1,000-HP 6C Quadrifoglio

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The days of V6 Alfas seem to be over, but the new cars will produce more power than ever.

Alfa Romeo's plans for the future appear to change by the day, but the famous Italian brand seems to have settled on a 1,000-horsepower electric powerplant for the upcoming supercar, most likely called the 6C.

Rumors of an all-new Alfa sports or supercar date back to April last year, when Alfa Romeo reportedly showcased a design concept to dealers. At the time, Alfa was planning on building 16 ICE vehicles and 16 EVs, but now its CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, has made several statements that make an ICE-powered supercar seem unlikely.

"I need to transfer the concept of performance," Imparato said to Automotive News. "We will be a high-performance EV [brand]." The current plan is an electric powertrain with 1,000 hp for the Quadrifoglio performance sub-brand, but other, less-powerful variants are coming too.

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The 6C (if that is what's coming) would likely sit at the pinnacle of the revamped Quadrifoglio range, but the CEO mentioned that motor outputs for non-Quadrifoglio models would range from 350-800 hp, indicating multiple cars on one platform. Imparato is on record saying that the limited-edition halo Alfa would not share a platform with any existing Stellantis model, including the various electric STLA and new Maserati EV platforms.

But will Stellantis allow a unique platform for the Alfa brand, even if multiple cars come from it? The latest Alfa, the Tonale crossover, shares its bones with the highly sought-after Dodge Hornet, and it would make sense for such platform sharing to continue across marques.

The timeline is also suspect. Alfa Romeo intends to showcase this new car in 2023, so a tie-in with the new Maserati GranTurismo Folgore (that's the electric one) makes more sense than a bespoke platform.

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The Folgore produces 760 hp in standard trim, and it hits all of the other targets Imparato set out in the interview, including an 800-volt architecture that facilitates recharging in no more than 18 minutes. We can easily see Alfa dialing the horsepower up to 1,000, slapping some beautiful styling on top, and calling it a day.

The idea of sharing has always been the Alfa way. The Italian brand typically introduces a new halo model, followed by a revamped series of production cars. The glorious 8C was introduced in 2007, followed by the updated 159, Mito, and Giulietta. The 4C was introduced in 2013, followed by the Giulia and Stelvio.

It seems the dreams of an ICE Alfa Romeo supercar are dead, so if you want one, you'll have to accost the owner of the one-off Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato or splurge on the 4C-based Abarth Classiche 1000 SP.

Source Credits: Automotive News

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