New GTV and 8C binned

Phil H

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The article says that "FCA appears to have brought the curtain down on a new generation of sports cars" when perhaps it should say 'FCA appears to have brought the curtain down on a new generation of Alfa Romeo sports cars'.

Might it be that they really do intend to refocus on Maserati as the flagship brand, and are prepared to redirect the investment accordingly?

PH
 

StuartW

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Such a shame, so many manufacturers are playing it safe it seems, and yet Alfa offer an SUV with a sub 4 second 0-60. The market has shifted in completely the wrong way to my eyes
 

MrMickS

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I think it shows a lack of ambition and vision. Alfa needs the GTV/Spider otherwise they are nothing but another box maker. Without a sports car in the range there is little point spending the money on F1 as there is nothing to translate that interest.

I remember buying my 146. I went into the dealer and they had a GTV and Spider. They were the cars that I really wanted, and spent the most time looking at. Practicality won out though and I bought a 146. It was the allure of the sporting heritage and getting a car in the same range as those beautiful machines that helped me put down a deposit though.

In the larger FCA/PSA group there should be room for an aspirational sports car. Mazda manage it, VAG have the TT, Ford are keeping the Mustang even though they are transitioning the rest of brand towards SUVs.

Perhaps part of the issue is the 4C. Its well liked by journalists and is quite a car. Its also too far away from the rest of the range to provide that inspirational link. Its almost 8C territory when it comes to most people. I wonder if there was an expectation that it would get people flocking into dealerships but failed. Not because it isn't a good car, but because its the wrong car.

If they are going to prosper Alfa need a £35-45k sports car. Something that's in a similar price bracket to a Giulia, as the GTV was with the 155, so that people will consider them. They can keep making the same car for 30 years, as the did with the Duetto, just make something for people to lust after.
 

zagatoes30

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Alfa sales are always best when they have Saloon, Coupe & Spider all based around the same basics. 750, 101, 105 & 155, 916 models spring to mind. Even in the 70s the Alfetta / Giulietta range had Saloon & Coupe with the old 105 Spider staying in production to provide the balance. The range needs balance something it has been missing for years IMO