Alfa Romeo has just rolled out the 4C but this model isn’t enough to take on rivals such as the Jaguar F-Type or the Porsche 911. As a result, the Italian company owned by Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is working on a more potent model rumored to be called 6C.
What’s more interesting is that the upcoming vehicle will be based on the Maserati Alfieri Concept that was unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Maserati already announced in its 5-year business plan that it will produce the Alfieri Concept and will be introduced in 2016. The Alfa Romeo 6C will follow in 2017 featuring the well-known shield-shaped front grille and stylish LED headlights.
Under the hood, the 6C will feature the Maserati Ghibli’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that will deliver between 480 hp to 520 hp.
Maserati Alfieri will be available in both coupe and cabriolet versions and will use a V6 engine rated at 410 hp but also a more powerful V8 powerplant which will deliver 450 hp or 520 hp.
Just like the 4C and 8C, Alfa Romeo will not see big production numbers but still, everything is linked to the demand.
The unveiling the new Maserati Alfieri concept comes at a time when the carmaker is reestablishing its orientation in terms of design and production. While the Quattroporte and Ghibli are saying that Maserati’s focus was towards sporty, premium four door saloons, the Alfieri concept is reminding people that the brand boasts of a spectacular racing heritage as well as a distinct exotic GT tradition.
Seeing the Alfieri concept is also like seeing the brand’s true essence. Just like the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy, the Alfieri concept is a sleek, Italian style 2+2 grand tourer that conveys Maserati’s racing DNA. Boasting of a sportier nature than the GranTurismo, the Alfieri concept features proportions that could be adopted by a future Gran Sport while indicating the brand's stylistic plans for the near future. Ramaciotti remarked Maserati doesn’t change, as Maserati is always Maserati.
Maserati has indicated its strong desire to transform the Alfieri into reality, after the conceptual grand tourer was conceived, designed and created while employing an approach that targets 100-percent realism.
Ramaciotti quipped that the new Maserati Alfieri serves as a transition between a century of glorious history and the upcoming future. He noted that while the Alfieri might not see production in the next two years, something similar to the concept will certainly appear.
Maserati commenced the development of the Alfieri concept last summer. Its designers started from a clean sheet to create a concept that would celebrate the 100 years of Maserati. A number of proposals and sketches were submitted, and eventually, the chosen design gave birth to the new Alfieri concept.