Following in the footsteps of the 8C, the 6C will be named after the number of cylinders under the bonnet, indicating that the 503bhp V6 from the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be used. Electrification isn’t ruled out, but an all-electric powertrain would likely be sidestepped - Maserati will bring the all-electric Alfieri to market in the same year, so the two would likely clash.
It’ll sit above the four-cylinder 4C and act as a halo car in the brand’s range of sporting-oriented mass-market models - a rival to the upcoming Toyota Supra. The 4C is also due a refresh next year, with improvements to the suspension and steering.
Although the source of the information is not revealed by the German tuning outfit, it’s claimed that they are working closely with the project, and are enthusiastic about the car, suggesting a high-level Alfa Romeo executive. An Alfa Romeo spokesman described the claims as speculation, but didn’t rule out the possibility of a sports car in the future.
Alfa Romeo’s new push is also giving birth to a Formula One outfit - the brand confirmed its partnership with race team Sauber, and it’s likely that the road-going model will at least be marketed with a claimed influence from the motorsport.
The last time Alfa Romeo entered such a market was in 2007, when it produced the Ferrari V8-engined 8C, which was limited to 500 units worldwide. It’s not yet known if the 6C would be produced in limited number, or as a fully-blown production model.
In the wake of FCA’s Mazda MX-5 spin off being badged the Fiat 124, the brand is said to be exploring the idea of a successor to the Brera coupé and Spider, albeit with more power and less weight to address the criticisms of those models. Being a V6, it’ll likely bridge the gap between the entry-level 4C and the supercar-baiting 8C of last decade.