5 Historic Models That Alfa Romeo Should Bring Back
9 February 2017 - CarBuzz
Alfa Romeo is finally back in the US with the Giulia sedan. We love the Giulia, especially the top trim QV version, but we wonder what else Alfa has in store for its ever-growing model lineup.
The company has already revealed the Stelvio, a crossover based on the Giulia. However, in order to be a true competitor to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, Alfa needs more than just two models. We looked back through Alfa Romeo's history to see if there were any models the brand should resurrect. These are the five cars we found that deserve a comeback.
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was one of the prettiest cars of all time. It was released in 1967 with a 2.0-liter V8 engine that could rev to 10,000 rpm. The car produced 230 hp, but each was hand-built so some made more or less power. Only 18 were made and that needs to change. The 4C was a nice little sports car, but we think that a full-on hypercar would be a perfect way to make people pay attention to Alfa Romeo. We would want the modern 33 Stradale to borrow components from the LaFerrari and be incredibly light and low production. Alfa could use a limited production model to stir interest in the brand and get people to dealer lots.
The Giulia sedan is just arriving at US dealerships, but the brand may already be ready to reveal its coupe counterpart. It's rumored to be called the Sprint, and there may even be a convertible as well. However, we think that the GTV6 would be a better name for the new coupe. The GTV6 was based on the Alfetta and was one of the coolest cars in the 1980s. A two-door version of the Giulia QV could act as a spiritual successor to the GTV6 and would be a fierce competitor to the BMW M4, Mercedes C63 Coupe and Lexus RC-F.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a nice alternative to a Lotus Elise, but it was far less practical than a Porsche 718. We think that Alfa Romeo should have a sports car, but it needs to be more luxurious and practical. A perfect name for this vehicle would be the Montreal. The Montreal was a 2+2 coupe built from 1970 to 1977. Power came from a 2.6-liter V8 rated at 197 hp. A modern version would use the Giulia QV's twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 and compete with models like the Audi TT and upcoming BMW Z5.
When FCA first revealed that it would be working on a two-seat convertible based on the Mazda MX-5, it was supposed to be an Alfa Romeo. The Fiat 124 Spider is not a bad car, but we were extremely disappointed when it turned into a Fiat. FCA missed its chance to give people what they have always wanted, a more powerful and luxurious Miata. The 124, even in Abarth trim, is barely any faster than the Mazda, and the interior is not very different either. We wish that Alfa Romeo would bring back the Duetto name with a more powerful convertible with around 200 to 250 hp.
In order to truly compete with BMW, Alfa Romeo needs to have more cars than just a 3 Series fighter. The Giulia looks like a great alternative to the 3 Series, but now Alfa needs to attack the rest of BMW's lineup, starting with the 5 Series. We have only heard rumblings about Alfa's 5 Series fighter, but we believe that it will come eventually. Alfa Romeo has built many sedans in the past, but most have had some kind of numerical name, like 75. Since the Giulia and Stelvio both have non-numerical names, we think that Alfa could use the name Berlina, after one of its executive saloons built in the 1960s and '70s. So which car do you think deserves to be revived?