Alfa Romeo, the renowned Italian brand known for its performance vehicles, is embracing the electric future with plans to introduce electric versions of its Quadrifoglio models. While the specifics of the first Quadrifoglio electric vehicle (EV) are yet to be revealed, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has shared some exciting details.
According to Imparato, the electric Quadrifoglio models will offer an astonishing power output ranging between 900 to 1,000 horsepower (671 to 745 kilowatts). This is almost double the power of the current range-topping Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV, which are equipped with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine.
To enhance efficiency and reduce weight, Alfa Romeo plans to incorporate next-generation battery technology in its upcoming EVs. The improved battery technology will allow for smaller battery packs without compromising performance. Imparato also mentioned the possibility of wireless charging for these electric models.
Alfa Romeo aims to focus on the driving experience rather than chasing acceleration times or lap records. The company wants to attract potential buyers by offering test drives of the Quadrifoglio EVs, emphasizing the pleasure of driving these high-performance electric vehicles.
In addition to the powertrain details, the interview touched on the future design and technology of Alfa Romeo vehicles. The brand’s design chief, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, expressed a desire to incorporate retro-inspired design elements into the electric models, drawing inspiration from Alfa Romeo’s iconic cars of the 1960s. The upcoming subcompact crossover, developed in collaboration with Jeep, will feature design cues adapted from classics like the Giulia SZ and TZ, including the distinctive “Coda Tronca” (short tail) motif.
Furthermore, Alfa Romeo is exploring the use of larger displays in its vehicles, exceeding 13 inches in size. However, the brand aims to strike a balance by ensuring the screens do not overwhelm the dashboard and cause distractions. The CEO hinted at the inclusion of “special features” within these advanced infotainment systems.
While Alfa Romeo is embracing the electric future, the brand is not yet ready to bid farewell to internal combustion engines (ICE) entirely. A standalone performance model positioned above the Quadrifoglio variants of the Giulia and Stelvio is expected to be unveiled later this year. This mystery model, potentially a supercar, has already been teased with circular taillights reminiscent of Alfa Romeo’s iconic 4C and 8C models.
As Alfa Romeo prepares to transition to electric power, the promise of high-performance electric Quadrifoglio models with exceptional power output and advanced technology is certainly exciting for enthusiasts and fans of the brand. With a blend of power, efficiency, and distinctive design, Alfa Romeo aims to make its mark in the evolving world of electric vehicles.