And a platform and powertrains that may be shared with Dodge's electric muscle cars.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is getting a successor, and we've just learned it's going to be an all-electric rocket ship with close to 1,000 horsepower in Quadrifoglio guise. The model, which is set to arrive around the middle of the decade, is going to be all-electric and come in a few different power outputs starting at 345 hp.
The clarification comes courtesy of Autocar, who interviewed Alfa's head honcho, Jean-Philippe Imparato, about the future of the brand.
We knew that the Giulia would stick around, though its exact future has been cloudy. The current generation, which debuted in 2015, is getting on in years but still benefits from a design that has aged wonderfully with only minor tweaks. With news the next generation will be electric only, the days of the car's glorious 503 hp, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 are numbered, though the specs of its successor are more than enough to get us excited.
Imparato said there would be three outputs: the base 345 hp, the Veloce's 790 hp, and the Quadrifoglio's 986 hp. The car will sit on a new version of the STLA Large platform and will most likely be AWD only in everything but the base trim. These outputs are similar to the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT, although in base form, the Dodge muscle car produces more. These estimated outputs give us further insight into the underpinnings of the Alfa, as it means the Quadrifoglio version will feature the same 800V architecture as the Banshee-spec Charger.
Imparato says the model will come with up to 435 miles of range (WLTP), making it a true successor to the current one and not just a toy to take out on the weekends. "We will switch in a real concrete substitution mode," he said. "I don't want [customers/owners] to suffer from anything [because of] the switch; I want you to love it."
Stellantis currently has a broad range of powertrains for its EVs, and between Dodge and Maserati, Alfa Romeo can draw on a ton of knowledge to make sure the Giulia EV is up to snuff. Maserati has employed a 751-hp tri-motor setup in the new GranTurismo Folgore, but we'd previously heard this setup was capable of more than 1,000 hp, so a software update may be all it needs to unlock its full potential.
This 1,000-hp powertrain may also be at the heart of an electric supercar we've heard rumors of, and if it's used in the Giulia, it'll likely find its way into the electric Stelvio, too.
Utilizing 800V electrical architecture, the electric Quadrifoglio can be charged from 10-80% in as little as 18 minutes using a high-speed charger, putting it in line with the rest of the industry. No battery size was mentioned, though we expect it to be around 100 kWh due to the claimed range.
As far as the design goes, there we're still in the dark, though Imparato has said in the past that the successor will take a less conventional shape with cues from sedans and wagons. We recently saw an artist create their own rendition of what the next-generation model could look like (drop dead gorgeous is what) and if the next generation went with it we wouldn't be mad.
Alfa could be in a prime position for electrification. Alfa is a brand that has always prioritized feel and chassis dynamics over outright power, and it seems that brands with this ideal at their cores are better suited towards entertaining EVs than those who simply throw horsepower at a car. Alfa won't have the segment to itself, as BMW's electric M3 will have a quad-motor powertrain and have four-digit outputs, and BMW M already knows exactly what it wants from the model to make it a success.
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