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Jean-Philippe Imparato suggests new models will take inspiration from Spider “Duetto” and T33 Stradale

An Alfa Romeo sports car is on the cards for later this decade, once the firm has reestablished itself as part of the mainstream luxury sector - and proven its financial credentials to its owner Stellantis.

Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato confirmed that the brand is working on some one-off and limited edition projects and said he would be able to share more this year.

He namechecked the Alfa Romeo Spider “Duetto” and T33 Stradale as reference points for future sports car designs, adding that he would never forget the heritage or passion of Alfa Romeo.

“If I bring a good level of business, I’m sure that [Stellantis boss] Carlos Tavares and I will one day speak about some dream cars, because I have to support the storytelling of Alfa Romeo in the future. It’s not for tomorrow, but I would love to have a Duetto one day. 

He continued: “For the moment, I’m oriented on value creation, on pricing power, on residual value, but at the same time, we are working on potential one-off and few-off [projects]. We have so many ideas. If you visit the [Alfa Romeo] museum, in five minutes you understand the potential of what we have in mind.

“I cannot present anything concrete for now, but I can tell you that I do not forget our past and our passion. I am focusing on the business and the elephant in the room is electrification. We have to have the right priorities on the table but at the same time, we are working in parallel on these projects.”

The firm recently unveiled its first electrified model, the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV, which is crucial for turning around its fortunes.

Despite Alfa Romeo’s rich heritage in racing and sports cars, there has only been two Alfa sports cars this century, the handsome Alfa Romeo 8C and more recent Alfa Romeo 4C, both of which were only moderately well-received. There was much excitement when an electrified modern-day 8C was confirmed as part of the brand strategy announced in 2018 but that was later axed.

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LP in Brighton 13 February 2022

Once the firm has reestablished itself as part of the mainstream luxury sector? 

It's not going to happen then is it. Stellantis has much more pressing priorities than trying to revive the dead horse that is Alfa.  

manicm 13 February 2022
They're not off to a good start. Just saw the CAR video of the Tonale. Take away the Alfa badge and it could be a Kia or Hyundai, unlike the Stelvio.

From the front three quarters the Tonale is ugly - how did they get it so wrong?

alfadriveruk 12 February 2022

Just the two sportscars this century, eh? Apart from the 916 (1996-2004) and 939 (2006-2010) Spiders. So, in other words, with the 4C and the 8C they've had at least one sports car in the line up, sometimes two, for all but 5 of the first 21 years of the century...