Alfa Romeo has made it clear that it is embracing electric vehicles (EVs) for its future lineup, despite not having launched a single model without a combustion engine. The Italian brand is set to introduce its first EV in the form of a subcompact crossover, which will be positioned below the upcoming Tonale. According to Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato, this EV is expected to debut in the first half of 2024.
One exciting piece of news for enthusiasts is that the iconic “Quadrifoglio” name will live on in the zero-emission era and will replace the current V6-powered Giulia and Stelvio performance models. Imparato revealed in an interview with Australian magazine CarSales that the Quadrifoglio EVs will offer an impressive power output, ranging anywhere between 900 to 1,000 horsepower (671 to 745 kilowatts). This is roughly double the power of the twin-turbo 2.9-liter engine found in the range-topping Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.
While specific details regarding the size and shape of the first Quadrifoglio EV remain scarce, Imparato did share some exciting information. He mentioned that future Quadrifoglio models will benefit from next-generation battery technology, resulting in improved efficiency. This advancement will allow engineers to reduce the battery pack’s capacity, effectively reducing weight. Additionally, Alfa Romeo is exploring wireless charging as a convenient alternative to traditional cable charging. Imparato also noted that battery technology will be continuously improved at three-year intervals to stay competitive in the EV market.
Imparato emphasized that Alfa Romeo’s focus will be on providing an exceptional driving experience rather than solely chasing impressive acceleration times or lap records. The automaker wants to prioritize the joy of driving and plans to give prospective customers the opportunity to test drive a Quadrifoglio EV in order to truly experience its capabilities.
The interview also touched on the trend of large infotainment screens in vehicles. Alfa Romeo is reportedly developing displays larger than 13 inches but will avoid covering the entire dashboard with screens to prevent distraction. The CEO hinted at “special features” being incorporated into these advanced infotainment systems, although no specific details were provided.
In terms of design, Alfa Romeo’s Chief Design Officer Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos expressed a desire to evoke a retro-inspired look for its EVs. The small crossover, which will be closely related to the Jeep Avenger, will lead the charge in reviving the spirit of the 1960s. Design cues from classic Alfa Romeo models such as the Giulia SZ and TZ will be adapted to create sleeker and more aerodynamic shapes, embodying the Coda Tronca (short tail) motif. This approach aims to combine timeless design elements with enhanced efficiency.
Despite Alfa Romeo’s commitment to an electric future, the brand is not ready to bid farewell to internal combustion engines just yet. In 2023, the company plans to release a standalone performance model positioned above the Quadrifoglio-spec Giulia and Stelvio. This mysterious model, which is speculated to be a supercar, was teased earlier in the year with circular taillights reminiscent of the 4C and 8C models.
Alfa Romeo’s dedication to electric mobility signifies a significant shift for the brand. While enthusiasts may lament the departure from traditional combustion engines, the promise of high-performance Quadrifoglio EVs generating up to 1,000 horsepower indicates that the brand is determined to uphold its reputation for thrilling driving experiences. With improved battery technology, wireless charging capabilities, and retro-inspired designs, Alfa Romeo’s electric future is poised to make a lasting impression in the automotive world.