Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe on the Way, Expect Added Power: Report

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
alfa romeo giulia coupe on the way expect added power report

Alfa Romeo fans, whose passion was hardly diminished by reports of early Giulia reliability issues, will probably be pleased to hear there may be fewer doors and more power coming to the Italian sports model. We’ve heard rumors of a two-door before, but this one adds some extra detail.

According to Autocar, the upcoming Giulia variant adopts more than just a coupe bodystyle. Quicker launches and top-end speed bursts will come by way of a energy recovery system that adds extra muscle to the existing 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 2.9-liter V6.

The publication’s sources claim Alfa has two powertrains under development. When fitted with the ERS system — possibly a development of the HY-KERS system Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler-owned parts supplier Magneti Marelli used in the LaFerrari — the 2.0- and 2.9-liter engines will gain additional electric thrust for high-load driving situations.

Output is claimed to be 345 brake horsepower for the smaller mill and 641 bhp for the six-cylinder. An ERS system, like that used in Formula One, harvests and stores kinetic energy from braking as electrical energy. A driver can then use the stored energy to aid the internal combustion engine via a motor-generator. Basically, a mild hybrid that aims for speed, not economy.

If the Giulia Coupe is truly a go, we’ll learn of it officially in the brand’s upcoming product plan, expected later this year. Unfortunately, because the word “coupe” means many things in 2018, Autocar’s sources couldn’t confirm the model will actually have two doors. We may be looking at another swoopy four-door liftback sort of thing.

Even if this ends up being the case, a Giulia “coupe” would still give Alfa the product — and muscle — to better challenge the likes of BMW’s M division and Mercedes-AMG. The model supposedly goes on sale next year.

In the U.S., Giulia sales hit a new high point in March, with 1,284 buyers taking home the Italian sedan. The newcomer Stelvio SUV saw 1,270 buyers.

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  • Tstag Tstag on Apr 06, 2018

    I admire what FCA are doing with Alfa but let’s be honest their sales numbers globally still suck. That’s not to say Alfa can’t succeed but I can’t help but wonder if a company like Jaguar might be a better custodian for the brand simply because they could share so many components. This sector of the market is in serious decline. So unless Alfa can reduce its costs then they will take a spanking.

  • Hpycamper Hpycamper on Apr 06, 2018

    2 doors is good. 2 door hardtop is better. 2 door convertible is best. Also, 2 doors does not necessarily equal 2 seats.

  • SilverCoupe I am one of those people whose Venn diagram of interests would include Audis and Formula One.I am not so much into Forums, though. I spend enough time just watching the races.
  • Jeff S Definitely and very soon. Build a hybrid pickup and price it in the Maverick price range. Toyota if they can do this soon could grab the No 1 spot from Maverick.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would be a neat car if restored, and a lot of good parts are there. But also a lot of very challenging obstacles, even just from what we can see from the pictures. It's going to be hard to justify a restoration financially.
  • Jeff S Ford was in a slump during this era and its savior was a few years away from being introduced. The 1986 Taurus and Sable saved Ford from bankruptcy and Ford bet the farm on them. Ford was also helped by the 1985 downsize front wheel drive full sized GM cars. Lincoln even spoofed these new full size GM cars in an ad basically showing it was hard to tell the difference between a Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. This not only helped Lincoln sales but Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria sales. For GM full size buyers that liked the downsized GM full size 77 to 84 they had the Panther based Lincoln Town Cars, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victorias that were an alternative to the new GM front wheel drive full size cars that had many issues when they were introduced in 1985 and many of those issues were not resolved for several years. The Marks were losing popularity after the Mark Vs.
  • SCE to AUX Toyota the follower, as usual. It will be 5 years before such a vehicle is available.I can't think of anything innovative from them since the Gen 1 Prius. Even their mythical solid state battery remains vaporware.They look like pre-2009 General Motors. They could fall hard.