We couldn’t quite believe our luck. With Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited rear-wheel drive-based rebirth having already giving the world the 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed 18 months ago that it would build successors for both the GTV and 8C. What a time to be alive.
It wasn’t to be, however. During a Q3 earnings call with investors, FCA CEO Mike Manley laid out plans that will see the reinvention of Alfa Romeo take a more modest path. According to Motor Trend, Manley said: “In the near term, the new portfolio for the brand is significantly scaled back with a corresponding reduction in capital spending”.
This “scaled back” approach will see the Giulia and Stelvio live on and two crossovers - one of them most likely being the production Tonale - join the ranks, but beyond that, the news is grim. Both the GTV and the 8C look to be for the chop, and the much-touted larger saloon that was due to sit above the Giulia won’t happen either.
As a reminder of why this would have been such a shame, we only have to look at what FCA was promising the world. The GTV was to be a 600bhp all-wheel drive hybrid with space for four people inside a no doubt stunning coupe body. The 8C meanwhile would have been a mid-engined supercar built on a carbonfibre monocoque, with a target power output in excess of 700bhp.
If you don’t mind, we’ll be finding a quiet corner in which to sob. Press F, everybody. Press F.