Alfa Romeo might bring back the GTV and Duetto
Alfa Romeo could move to bring back the GTV and Duetto names in a last effort to save its skinby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:50
Despite its glorious motorsport history, Alfa Romeo has kind of been on and off the bench in terms of market presence. In recent years, they’ve actually had a good run. They brought out the Alfa Romeo 4C, which was a great competitor to the likes of Lotus Elise and Porsche 718, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have managed to liven up the car market a bit. Both of these models are said to be nearing the end of their production cycle, but two new models could fill in the void.
As mentioned, Giulia and Stelvio have had a decent run, despite the brand still not managing to establish a strong foothold in the US market. Although in Europe, Alfa Romeo is doing a lot better than in the US, the Italian marque still had a 44.5 percent drop in sales for 2019, compared to the previous year. Many started wondering if this is the end of Alfa Romeo.
Moreover, reports indicate that the brand may be in big financial difficulties. The Giuseppe platform and the development of the Giulia, Stelvio, as well as the mid-engine 4C, may have taken their toll on the company’s resources.
However, under Stellantis, Alfa Romeo may receive some much-needed support, in order to continue making cars. Jean-Philippe Imparato – CEO of Alfa Romeo – may have hinted at the return of two old names – the GTV and Duetto.
"I'm very interested in the GTV. There is no statement or announcement at this stage, but I'm just giving you a personal feeling that I'm very interested in the GTV. I also love the Duetto", he said.
Although there are no official statements, regarding either of the models, former Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne spoke of the rebirth of the GTV model, as part of the brand’s five-year plan. The GTV is to be a two-door 2+2 coupe, based on the Giulia, powered by a hybrid powertrain with 600 horsepower and all-wheel drive. As for the Duetto, it could simply be a convertible version on the same platform. On top of that, there were indications about a topless Alfa Romeo being in development. Given the brand’s tendency to bring back its old model names, this could be the new Duetto.
At this point, it’s too early to talk about a modern successor to either of these iconic models, but it only makes sense, given Alfa Romeo’s declining sales and financial situation, that any new models will be based on the existing Giuseppe platform. On top of that, other manufacturers have already axed some of their most iconic models, in order to make room for completely new ones – case in point being Lotus, which axed the Elise, Exige, and Evora in order to make the Evija hyper EV.