It’d be a shame to let that Giorgio platform and snarling Quadrifogio V6 go to waste
JANUARY 25, 2018
Whispers of a new Alfa Romeo coupe wearing a legendary nameplate? We’re all ears. Autocar reports that the Italian automaker is toiling away on a new 6C -- and that such a car would be a coupe positioned between the 4C and the Giulia.
The source here is a little bit unusual: The heads-up comes courtesy of German tuning company Pogea Racing, which claims it is involved with the development of the car. That’s fairly scant evidence even as far as rumors and insinuations go, and of course FCA provided us with no information on the upcoming model when we asked (not that we expected an outright confirmation or denial).
But there are a number of reasons to believe that such a car could be in the works -- and that whatever it’s ultimately called, and whatever it looks like, it will be a front-engine rear-wheel-drive coupe.
For one, Alfa spent a lot of time and money developing its Giorgio platform, which currently underpins the Giulia, the Stelvio SUV … and that’s it. While it may eventually carry over to products like the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger/Challenger, that’s a ways off. Plunking another Alfa model down on top of those excellent bones makes sense -- why let it go underutilized while waiting ages for it to migrate to the rest of the FCA lineup?
Second, we heard rumors of a Giulia coupe awhile back, but they never amounted to anything. That might have been for the best. Giving a two-door car a name and identity distinct from the sedan makes more sense: The Giulia is already fighting for name recognition in a crowded market as it is, and it doesn’t need a Giulia Duoporta (or whatever) competing for attention.
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Separating the hypothetical 6C from the Giulia might let it go a different direction stylistically, too; we’re fans of the Giulia’s looks, but it is a very well-executed three-box sedan at its core. A 6C could be a little wilder -- maybe somewhere between the 4C and the Giulia. The limited-production 8C, while behind the times in terms of Alfa design language, is an indication of where the company could go when it comes to long-hood-short-deck lines.
Finally, we want to believe this rumor. The 6C is a legendary vehicle; initially built from 1927 to 1954, with a wartime intermission in the middle of that span, it performed admirably as a race car and wore a wide range of beautiful open and closed bodies from the best carrozzerias as well. The new car would trade the classic straight-six for the 2.9-liter turbocharged V6, but based on our time in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, we’re quite all right with that.
source : autoweek.com