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.
But wait, as they say, there’s more
Also to return is the classic ‘8C’ nameplate - first applied to Nicola Romeo’s straight-eight two-seaters back in the 1930s and, more recently, to the sexy 8C Competizione carbon-fibre supercar of 2007.
According to the tantalisingly brief description on the 8C slide in the official Alfa Romeo road-map presentation, it will be a carbon-fibre monocoque-bodied two-seater with a mid-mounted twin-turbo petrol engine (which had better be a V8 if Alfa is to retain any credibility whatsoever) driving the rear wheels and an electric motor driving the front wheels, for a total of more than 515kW and a 0-100km/h launch in less than three seconds.
Also lined up for release during the five-year rollout are a revised and upgraded Giulietta, long-wheelbase versions of the Giulia sedan and the superb Stelvio, Alfa’s first SUV - which will be joined by two more SUVs, one bigger and one smaller than the Stelvio.