It seems Alfa Romeo loves playing with its fans’ emotions, particularly when it comes to lusted after nameplates like GTV.
Back in 2018 the Italian carmaker told us that it would be reviving the GTV as part of a five-year plan that also included a successor for the 8C. Then later in 2019 Alfa Romeo killed these dreams by confirming that the aforementioned five-year plan was dead in the water.
Which means we’re not holding our breath at the prospect of the GTV ever being resurrected, but according to a new report it appears that Alfa Romeo’s new boss seems to like the idea. Jean-Philippe Imparato recently told Australian publication Carsales that he was “very interested” in the GTV.
“There is no statement or announcement at this stage, but I’m just giving you a personal feeling that I’m very interested in the GTV,” the Alfa Romeo boss said. During the discussion he also reportedly expressed interest in the Duetto (AKA Spider).
The GTV revival that Alfa Romeo was working on, as announced in 2018, would have been based on the Giulia’s rear-wheel drive platform. Given the recent rumours about plans to axe the Giulia and its architecture, it would appear that another GTV reboot would have to take on a different form. But not necessarily. During the interview with Carsales, Imparato implied that these rumours were untrue and reiterated that whatever solution the company came up with regarding its future underpinnings would still allow the company to produce cars like the Giulia GTAm.
Either way, to survive future regulations and buying patterns, Alfa Romeo will have to focus more on electrified products as well as crossovers. To that end the Giulietta hatchback was recently discontinued to make way for the similarly sized Tonale SUV, and the company is reportedly also working on a smaller mud-plugger called the Brennero.
Hopefully, as is the case with Porsche, the profits from these SUVs will help fund the development of sportier models, like a new GTV…