The Return of the Historic Alfa Romeo GTV Coupe
Alfa Romeo enthusiasts around the world will undoubtedly be happy to learn that Alfa is reviving the GTV model.
The Alfa Romeo GTV made its debut for the first time in 1967 with another name: The 1750 GT Veloce. With a more powerful engine than its GT counterparts, the GT Veloce was, as its name indicates, faster. The coupe saw a few changes as the years passed. They got lighter chassis and updated engines. However, the Alfa Romeo GTV had its days counted in North America. Its production for that market lasted until 1974 when it was terminated.
1994 saw a new Alfa Romeo GTV. The concept for the car was presented that same year in the Paris Motor Show, while the actual launch was made in 1995, in the Geneva Motor Show. The joy was short-lived for Americans since the company left the United States market. But never fear, you will soon have the chance of witnessing and maybe even driving a piece of history in the form of the revamped GTV model.
So, What Do We Know About the New GTV?
Well, we know that it will probably be impressive. The GTV will be based on the Giulia and Stelvio platforms, which we’ve already seen at work. Since they’ll share the same platform, the GTV will probably have some similarities with the Giulia in the interior. The coupe will ride closer to the ground. We can also expect that the Alfa Romeo GTV in its latest iteration will seat up to four, including the driver.
Official confirmation in summer 2018 by then-CEO Sergio Marchionne in a major product announcement, in which he revealed the GTV would return as a range-topper with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.
Power-wise, we’ve already seen the V6, 2.9-liter engine in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. This 505-horsepower twin-turbo engine guarantees a powerful, thrilling ride. Unlike the Quadrifoglio, we can almost surely expect to see a hybrid engine, although we cannot say this for sure, yet. Other features that the GTV will most likely share with the 2020 Giulia are the driver assistance and the infotainment center we’ve already seen. If this is true, the Alfa Romeo GTV will also include automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
Unlike the last GTV, the 2020 Alfa Romeo GTV will feature a 50:50 ratio of weight distribution, which will give it better precision when driving. This new model is presented as a rival to the Mercedes C-class Coupe, the Audi A5, and the BMW 4-series. It won’t be a limited-edition; instead, it will come off the standard production line.
This new model was to be presented, as is tradition, in the 90th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show, which had to be suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, we anticipate that it will still arrive on time to be part of the 2021 production line. We expect you are as anxious as we are for more information on the new Alfa Romeo GTV. Hopefully, Alfa Romeo won’t keep us waiting for long.