Alfa Romeo’s supercar is nearly sold out (but not yet approved)
Alfa Romeo’s on-again, off-again supercar is taking shape. It hasn’t been approved for production yet, let alone unveiled, but a recent report suggests that enthusiasts who want to add the model to their collection need to reach out to one of the firm’s dealers as quickly as possible.
Company boss Jean-Philippe Imparato told British magazine Autocar that several collectors have already put a deposit down on the car. There’s no word yet on how many examples will be built, assuming the limited-edition model receives the proverbial green light for production, but the CEO suggested that demand will exceed supply. “It will be sold-out before I unveil the car,” he told the publication.
It’s too early to tell what kind of supercar is in the pipeline. Allegedly called 6C, a name that seemingly confirms a six-cylinder engine, the model could feature a heritage-inspired design. “We are working on something that I could put aside the 8C in the museum of Arese, being proud of our contribution to the history of Alfa Romeo. That is what we want,” Imparato clarified. He added that development work is ongoing.
One of the numerous points that’s up in the air is which six-cylinder the car will use. It’s reasonably safe to assume that the engine will have a V configuration; Alfa Romeo doesn’t have a straight-six engine in its arsenal. Although many of its sister companies do, it’s not a layout that has historically been associated with the storied Italian brand while the V6 has been part of its heritage for decades. Using the 3.0-liter Nettuno V6 found in several recent additions to the Maserati range is likely more complicated than it might sound; Autoblog learned that Maserati isn’t open to sharing the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder with another company, even one under the same umbrella. That leaves us with the 2.9-liter V6 that powers the Giulia Quadrifoglio, among other models, as the most likely candidate, but nothing is official at this stage.
Stellantis executives will decide whether to approve the supercar in April 2023, according to Autocar. We’re guessing that if deposits have already been taken and the car is nearly sold-out, there’s a good chance that the model will see the light at the end of a production line.
Haven’t we already seen Alfa’s supercar?
If the idea of an Alfa Romeo supercar rings a bell, it’s likely because coachbuilder Zagato unveiled a one-of-a-kind, Giulia-based model called Giulia SWB Zagato in December 2022. Alfa Romeo gave the project its blessing but the firm wasn’t involved in its development.