2020 Alfa Romeo C6 announced?
Pogea Racing GmbH is the German based tuner that has been around for more than two decades, specializing in upgrading Alfa Romeo models. Citing an “absolute trustworthy and legit source”, the aftermarket specialists have declared that “the Alfa Romeo 6C will be a part of the Alfa Romeo product line. The production is planned for early 2020 and the car will be shown probably this or next year on some auto show. Let’s hope this is true, we know this person that is very deep into the decisions of the management of Alfa Romeo and all he said in the past became reality.”
Allegedly, the production of a new sports car in the shape of the iconic “6C” nameplate is planned for the beginning of 2020. It is a scrumptious rumour indeed; although the experts comment that it is not “totally surprising” since the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles corporation has been heavily investing in the Italian brand, along with its line-up. The Alfa fan community have already learned of new plans for an SUV larger than Stelvio, which could offer seven seats, a 2.0-litre engine and a mild hybrid system.
The plan is to host the 6C world premiere as early as this year or, more likely, in 2019 at an unknown major auto show. The addition to the line-up of what we could assume to be a coupe larger and more expensive than the Alfa Romeo 4C, and meanwhile bringing back a classic nameplate, does not seem farfetched. After all, this is not the first time that similar rumours concerning the new Alfa Romeo have been circulated.
During the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne commented while speaking to the media gathered in the Motor City, saying that it “would be economically suicidal for FCA” not to invest into Alfa Romeo and Maserati, adding “we’re in nursery school. I think we just started.”
The new Alfa 6C is reportedly planned as a competitor to the Jaguar F-Type but, if the plans materialise, it will also become a serious competitor to BMW 4 series. The details on 6C are very scarce though, with the experts predicting under its hood the Giulia Quadrifoglio's 2.9-liter twin-turbo aluminum V6 powertrain. It will be used to achieve the economy of scales, and with its 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, it seems like the perfect fit for the 6C. For what it is worth, a six-cylinder engine is a logical assumption taking into account the 4C and 8C received their names after the number of cylinders.
Electrification is not ruled out, but an all-electric powertrain would likely be sidestepped. But it will be fast, probably faster than even its Giulia counterpart, which is already capable of 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds. It could possibly get a carbon fiber roof and some added aerodynamics. Hopefully, the 6C looks as good as we imagine a long coupe with the Giulia’s design language will look.
The 6C nameplate has roots in six-cylinder road and racing cars, and was used on various Alfa Romeo road, race, and sports cars between 1927 and 1954, all of them powered by an inline-six engine. To see it revived after decades of hibernation would not only be interesting for fans and potential customers, it would be symbolic of the company's continued growth under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles umbrella. In other words, it looks like the Giulia and Stelvio are just the tip of the iceberg and the hopeful expectation is that Alfa’s full refresh will come to an end in 2022.
The Alfa Romeo 6C will sit above the four-cylinder 4C and act as a halo car in the brand’s range of sporting-oriented mass-market models. The 4C is also due a refresh next year, with improvements to the suspension and steering. Alfa Romeo’s new push is also giving birth to a Formula One outfit - the brand confirmed its partnership with race team Sauber, and it is likely that the road going model will at least be marketed with a claimed influence from the motorsport.
The last time Alfa Romeo entered such a market was in 2007, when it produced the Ferrari V8-engined 8C, which was limited to 500 units worldwide. It is not yet known if the 6C would be produced in limited number, or as a fully blown production model.
Nevertheless, taking into consideration the nature of the source, some experts take this news with a grain of salt. Besides, Alfa Romeo has a history of unfulfilled promises. In 2014, Sergio Marchionne launched a turnaround plan for Alfa Romeo, aiming to transform the storied brand into a true competitor for Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Backed by a €5 billion ($7.7 billion) investment, Fiat Chrysler promised to launch eight new Alfa Romeo vehicles by 2018, with most based on the newly developed Gorgio rear-and all-wheel-drive platform.
Two years later, citing “uncertainties in China”, the target date was pushed back to 2020. So far, just two new vehicles, the Giulia and Stelvio, have seen the light of day. Last year, Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, admitted that even that plan “had slipped a bit”, with the company still tossing up whether it should make its next major model a crossover either one size up or one size down from the Stelvio. Right now, Alfa Romeo’s line-up comprises of the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio SUV, and the 4C sports car.
So, unfortunately, all we have right now is speculation. What do you think the Alfa Romeo 6C could be? A premium grand touring car to compete with the likes of Aston Martin? A four-door luxury “coupe” in the vein of the Audi A7? Only time will tell what the future 6C could be, and that’s if it happens at all. So far, the Alfa Romeo representatives predictably declare that they are not able to comment on the rumor.