Alfa Romeo to Launch Eight New Models By 2018

Believe it or not, the Italian auto manufacturer wants to refocus its lineup with the addition of eight new models in the following years, which will feature "groundbreaking and distinctively Italian design." That's a very bold strategy coming from Alfa Romeo, which will supposedly see a cash influx of $7 billion through 2018.
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In order to make ends meet and deliver the aforementioned number of new vehicles, Alfa Romeo will turn into a stand-alone entity, which will supposedly be run by two big shots from Ferrari with "no interference" from the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles group.

However, Alfa aficionados will have to wait until late 2015 for the unveiling of the first in eight new models. Officials offered only one hint on it: it will be a compact executive vehicle. That sounds like the heavily anticipated successor of the 159, which was axed in 2011. The future sedan will probably bear the Giulia nameplate and give life to a wagon version as well.

Alfa Romeo boasts that a number of key attributes will drive the company's revival in the near future, chief among which are the "Made in Italy" tag, as well as the development of all-new rear-wheel and all-wheel drive platforms.

Other than the successor of the defunct 159, Alfa Romeo promises to launch two compact models (including an all-new Giulietta), a mid-size sedan we presume as being the spiritual successor of the 166, a full-size model, as well as a couple of crossovers. According to officials, the final eight model will be a "specialty" vehicle which will sit above the 4C Spider in Alfa Romeo's lineup.

On the powertrain front, next-gen four-pot engines will produce anything between 110 to 330 horsepower, while an all-new V6 mill will offer circa 500 horsepower in top-of-the-range tune. Four and six-cylinder oil burners are also on the menu, with outputs of up to 350 horsepower.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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