What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?
It would seem that the most important goals for any manufacturer today are continuity and clarity. If you do cheap cars, do only them. If you do sports cars, focus only on them. If you are premium, adapt to what the people think is premium and push.
Alfa Romeo had a problem with its mission, vision, and continuity. Since the Eighties, it seems to have shifted its vision two or three times basically confusing buyers when it comes to what the brand truly represents. Now, it is eager to find its footing with what it should have done all along - sports character, upscale styling, and premium nature.
At a press conference held earlier this year Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Maserati and Alfa Romeo said: “We know our future depends on staying true to our sports car roots. We have learned that when we stay true to Alfa DNA, we can stand out in any segment.”
Thankfully, the brand seems to have found what it wants to be the best at. To communicate this noble vision to the automotive lunatics and solidify brand recognition, Alfa Romeo has to do some extraordinary things. Having the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was only a start. Now, the company needs to go further, and that further comes in the shape of the 8C.
Recently, the late Sergio Marchionne hinted at the new 8C only months before his death. Moreover, the plan FCA displayed in June clearly showcases a planned super sports car called the 8C, and it will appear in the next three or four years.
Word Has it That there’s a V6-Powered, Alfa Romeo 6C in the Works!
Alfa Romeo isn’t messing around. On the heels of launching the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, the Italian automaker is reportedly at work developing a new model that will slot above the 4C. The model is set to be called the 6C, a nod to the number of cylinders it has in its engine. Alfa is eyeing a 2020 launch for the 6C so expect the coupé to make its debut sometime before that.
Alfa Romeo’s Pursuit Of More SUVs Could Make Or Break The Company
You might say that Alfa Romeo has regained some of its footing in the auto industry after releasing the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Both have been well-received across the board. You might even say that it’s back with a vengeance, words that I don’t take any particular issue with. But the truth is that Alfa Romeo still has a lot of work to do before we can say that it’s ready to compete against its more established rivals. The Giulia, for all of the rave reviews it has received, has posted disappointing sales numbers so far. If sales of the sedan don’t pick up anytime soon, the pressure now shifts to the Stelvio to be as good as the hype says it is and the two upcoming SUVs that Alfa Romeo has on the docket.
The two SUV models will occupy two different markets with the first one – the Kabal – setting up residence in the compact SUV segment. The other SUV – the Castello – will be much bigger than both the Stelvio and the Kabal as it joins the seven-seater SUV segment. Neither of the two SUVs have been officially confirmed, so plans could still shift depending on how successful the Stelvio is. For now, it looks like the Stelvio will have a go in the SUV market by itself, and the pressure is now on the SUV to be successful from the get-go, something that the Giulia sedan has struggled with.
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Ever since Alfa Romeo announced it would bring “something new” to the 4C with every passing year, we’ve been speculating what the Italian automaker might have up its sleeve. Though it’s pure speculation at this point, our rendering artist has put together a possible direction for a future direction, the 4C Quadrifoglio Verde.
The Quadrifoglio Verde name harks back to Alfa’s long history of performance vehicles dating back to 1923, and this car would be no different. Likely getting a slight bump in power, the coupe gets an even more aggressive body treatment with several new scoops, front and rear fascias, and accent lines.
Its front fascia gets a completely redesigned bumper with larger air intakes near the darkened headlights. Around the side, a lowered body skirt helps bring the 4C’s visual mass lower to the ground. Out back, a new lower bumper sports a new exhaust pipe design while the rear quarter panels have another cooling slot near the round taillights. Topping it all off are the iconic green cloverleaf and grey triangle badges. A new set of 10-spoke grey wheels helps complete the more aggressive look.
While it’s still unclear what Alfa has planned for its future 4C special editions, we suspect they will consist mostly of cosmetic changes, with only slight modifications to the suspension and engine.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C QV.
The Alfa Romeo 4C still hasn’t arrived in the U.S. and yet, company executives are already thinking of building more performance-oriented versions of the low-volume sports car. Company CEO Harald Wester made the proclamation, telling Automotive News that while the 4C already has the makings of an impressive sports car, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially if it wants to be as big of a hit in the U.S. market as it is in Europe.
This rationale looks to confirm Alfa’s previous announcement that it plans to make annual updates of the 4C in the next four or five years, including the possibility of even building a more performance-oriented version that could appeal to a U.S. market that prefers sports cars that also have the added luxury appeal.
One of the first things Wester brought up was the potential for the 4C’s chassis to handle more power while also tinkering with the car’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," Wester told Automotive News.
As for the U.S.-spec 4Cs, Alfa remains cognizant in its belief that offering a European-spec 4C to a U.S. market is a bad business move. That’s why it’s building a different spec 4C that has better equipment to go along with its own share of technical changes. That includes putting in place a different monocoque, reinforcing the suspension, and adding new and improved headlights that we all first saw on the 4C Spider.
Or in the words of Wester, "a significant overhaul."
With all these changes expected for the U.S.-spec Alfa Romeo 4C, you can be sure that the cars are going to command a steep price. Alfa has yet to announce the price, but reportedly the base 4C will retail for about $55,000 with a top-of-the-line, fully-loaded model fetching close to $70,000.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Alfa Romeo is well renowned for their Italian spirit sports sedans. Their “Cuore sportivo” (sportive hart) medium sedans have a long and successful tradition. Not as popular are their luxury sedans, where certain quality issues, have always set the Alfas a few steps back of their German competition. It seems that is about to change, as the future 169 Alfa flagship will get cross-blooded with Maserati.
Alfa Romeo unveiled the Kamal Concept at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show and now they have finally decided to put it into production. The new model, called CXover will be launched sometime in 2009 and will be the first SUV-grade vehicle, a premium model that will compete with the BMW X3 and upcoming Audi Q5.
The Alfa Romeo 169 will to arrive in 2008. It will share the Maserati Quattroporte’s platform. The 169 comes to replace the 166, a car that had never been a strong seller. The new Alfa Romeo will compete with models like Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera. The 169 will be one of the models that will be sold in USA on Alfa Romeo’s return.