A two-door version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been making a lot of noise around the web for quite some time now. And now, new reports from Autocar have been going around that a coupe variant of the Giulia is actually in the process of development, though there haven’t been spy shots to prove this. Apparently, rumours come from an inside source close to Alfa Romeo, and the model’s official release is supposedly scheduled late this year before it hits the market in 2019.
The Giulia Coupe is said to carry the “Sprint” or “GTV” badge, and is meant to be a more powerful version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. It will inherit some of the body panels at the front half, except with a different nose to separate it from its four door sibling.
Needless to say, a more sloped roofline suitable for a coupe is being worked on, together with longer doors and a refreshed rear. According to our source, the Giulia Coupe’s rear end will have a trunk like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C Class, and Audi A5 coupes. But further rumours suggest that there might also be a five-door version that the automaker is looking into, to go after the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the A5 Sportback.
Models that are considered lower than the coupe will borrow the gasoline and diesel engines from the Giulia, up until the Quadrifoglio’s 505 horsepower V6. The top of the line model will then produce as much as 641 horsepower. Moreover, the familiar 2.9 liter biturbo V6 powering Alfa’s two Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models is rumoured to get a hybrid powertrain with F1 derived tech in the form of an energy recovery system (ERS). This could be similar to LaFerrari’s HY-KERS setup that prioritizes performance more than fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
That’s not all, as the report also says that Alfa Romeo is also evaluating another hybrid powertrain, based on the 276 horsepower 2.0 liter gasoline engine within the Euro spec Giulia Veloce, but with electric boost that produces a combined output of more or less 345 horsepower.
Since these are just rumours, we would say that it is too soon for us to discuss pricing. But we are certain that the 641 horsepower Giulia Coupe will have a fatter price tag compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan available in the United States from $73,700.
We just have to wait for Alfa Romeo to publish photos of the so-called Giulia Coupe to know for sure that this model is actually in the works. This may be a beautifully created rendering but we don’t want to settle for it.