Alfa Romeo is open to reviving the GTV and the Duetto, two of its most emblematic nameplates, in the coming years. Whether either model returns partially depends on how well the firm’s more mainstream models sell.
“I’m 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. I also love the Duetto,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, the Peugeot veteran who became Alfa Romeo’s CEO under Stellantis, in an interview with Australia’s CarSales.
It’s far too early to tell what each model would look like with any significant degree of certainty. Besides, we’ve been here before: in 2018, former Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) boss Sergio Marchionne outlined a born-again GTV with 600 horsepower, some degree of electrification, all-wheel drive, and seating for four when he presented Alfa Romeo’s bold five-year plan. That model has been canned, along with a 700-horsepower halo coupe called 8C.
Playing it safe, Imparato cautioned that neither two-door has been approved for production. Alfa Romeo’s range currently consists of the Giulia, the Stelvio and the 4C, though the latter is a niche model at the end of its life cycle. It needs to achieve volume before executives can begin exploring coupe and convertible options, and we’re in a market where the quickest and most effective way to increase sales is to make SUVs and crossovers. The next new addition to the Alfa Romeo range is widely believed to be the production version of the Tonale concept from 2019.
“Allow me to bring Alfa Romeo to a certain level of economic performance, and then we speak,” Imparato stressed. “In this time of big changes for the industry, the first priority is to protect Alfa Romeo and drive it through the challenges related to electrification, connectivity and safety,” he added. Coupes and convertibles will come later.
Interestingly, he strongly hinted the reports claiming the rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform is on its way out are false.
In Alfa-speak, the GTV nameplate traces its roots to the Bertone-designed 105-Series coupe released in 1963. It was called Giulia Sprint GT at launch, and it became the Giulia Sprint GT Veloce (which means “fast” in Italian) in 1965. GTV is the acronym that stuck throughout the model’s career. Alfa put the nameplate on the coupe version of the Alfetta (pictured), and it added the 6 suffix when it stuffed the 2.5-liter Busso V6 in the engine bay. The GTV controversially followed the rest of the firm’s range into front-wheel-drive territory in 1994, and it retired in 2004.
Released in 1966, and also called Spider, the Pininfarina-designed Duetto was related to the Giulia Sprint GT under the sheet metal, but it stood out with a curvaceous body that earned it the nickname osso di sepia (“cuttlefish bone”). It received a Kamm tail in 1970, and it went through many evolutions until production ended in 1993.