Reports suggest Alfa Romeo, Fiat-Chrysler’s sport-luxury brand, has a new coupe in the works, and it will likely target the Cadillac ATS.
According to an Autocar report last Thursday, a Giulia-based coupe could arrive by the year’s end, and it may pack hybrid power, too. Meanwhile, Cadillac’s most-direct challenger, the ATS coupe, will likely soldier on unchanged.
The latest news surrounding the ATS suggested the sedan will go away for the 2019 model year to make room for a similarly priced Cadillac CT5. It would leave the ATS coupe as the only ATS model ahead of its replacement, the CT4 or CT3, which will likely be smaller.
Where Alfa’s coupe gets interesting is the possibility of an F1-style hybrid system: an energy recovery system (ERS). Such a system will likely come in some form from Ferrari, which used similar technology in its LaFerrari hypercar. The system could boost the Giulia coupe’s output to 650 horsepower in Quadrifoglio trimmings. The lesser trims could still see power reach 350 hp with the system paired with the regular Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Both figures soar past the Cadillac ATS coupe. Without any changes, the 2019 model will see the same 2.0L turbo four-cylinder LTG making 272 hp, 3.6L V6 LGX making 335 hp and 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 LF4 making 464 hp in V guise.
Cadillac has remained quiet on whether its CTS and ATS replacements will bring new coupes with them, but we’ll likely know more as we approach the CT5’s debut next year.