Balloco, Italy - If you mention the letters GTV to a petrolhead, odds are he’ll reply “Alfa”. The acronym stands for Grand Turismo Veloce, and has been traditionally applied to the highest-performance Alfa Romeo derivatives.
In South African terms it usually refers to the achingly beautiful Alfetta GTV coupé, built here from 1973 to 1986, latterly as the legendary GTV-6 with 2.5 and three-litre V6 power.
Now Alfa Romeo is bringing back the GTV designation as part of its five-year new model strategy between now and 2022.
It will be a true GTV, a two-door sports coupé with 2+2 seating and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Word on the street is that it'll be based on the Giulia, but with more than a few tricks of its own.
The powertrain is described simply as ‘more than 440kW with e-boost’ and we are also promised all-wheel drive and torque vectoring.