The Alfa Romeo 6C name, one that’s related to many race cars, sports cars and grand tourers built between 1929 and 1954, is about to make a spectacular return to the company’s lineup. At least that’s the word from Auto Express, who claims the Italians are working on a 6C sports car that will compete against the Jaguar F-Type . The report goes on to say that the 6C will be based on the Maserati Alfieri , which rides on the same platform that underpins the Ghibli sedan .
Alfa Romeo will borrow more than just the platform, Auto Express adds. The sports car will slot above the 4C and will borrow its twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 from the Ghibli. The six-banger will reportedly deliver between 480 and 520 horsepower, a figure that will push the 6C into F-Type V-8 and Porsche 911 Turbo territory. Exciting news, yes, but make sure you keep that salt shaker within reach until further notice.
If such a vehicle makes it into production, it will likely arrive in 2017, a year after the Maserati Alfieri hits dealerships. Assembly will be limited to a few thousand units.
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Why It Matters
There’s been a lot of hype around the Alfa Romeo brand the past couple of years, with more than half a dozen new vehicles rumored to be in development. By now, only the BMW 3 Series-rivaling Giulia sedan has been confirmed. A flagship sedan and an SUV are also reportedly underway, and while all these vehicle will help re-establish Alfa Romeo as a brand globally, a new sports car will give the Italians the exclusivity they deserve.
Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Maserati Alfieri became an instant hit thanks to its long hood, imposing front grille, and muscular appearance. The concept car is propelled by the same 4.7-liter, V-8 engine found in the GranTurismo MC Stradale. Confirmed for production in 2016, the Alfieri Coupe will be powered by a range of V-6 engines with outputs ranging between 410 and 520 horsepower. The sports car will come available in rear-wheel- and all-wheel drive configurations, with a cabriolet model to follow in 2017.