The Future Looks Rad as Hell
Here Are all the Bonkers Cars Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Maserati and RAM Want to Make In the Next Five Years
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As current CEO Sergio Marchionne is set to leave, FCA (Fiat Chrysler) has just shown off its new five-year-plan in Balocco, Italy. The group hopes to electrify its portfolio of products, as well as roll out more autonomous features (it wants to sell “Level 4” autonomous cars by 2023). But most tantalizing to enthusiasts are plans for specific models within brands’ current lineups — we’re talking Italian coupes, super-fast EV’s and desert-ready trucks. Naturally, things should be taken with a grain of salt, but for the most part, these products seem relatively plausible. Here’s hoping they do come to fruition because, to put it bluntly, they all look rad as hell.
Alfa Romeo GTV
The GTV was Alfa Romeo’s legendary (and extremely pretty) two-door coupe back in the ’60s and ’70s, so a modern revival makes sense for the brand. Alfa Romeo hints at the following specs: 50/50 weight distribution, 600 horsepower and all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring. Sounds fun. Notably, there’s talk of an “E-Boost” system which is, almost assuredly, a hybrid system supplementing whatever horsepower the car’s engine will produce. Expect the car to ride on the existing Giulia platform and for the final result to be very pretty when it arrives, apparently, by 2022.
Alfa Romeo 8C
Also in Alfa Romeo’s plans is a successor to the 8C, the manufacturer’s supercar effort that (kind of) led the brand’s reintroduction into the US in 2007. Unlike the first 8C, this new car will apparently be mid-engined, based around a carbon fiber monocoque chasis, with 700 horsepower on tap thanks to a twin-turbo engine and electric motors powering the front wheels. As Road & Track notes, the concept sketch looks eerily similar to the Tipo 33 Stradale from the 1960s, arguably the prettiest car ever made (fight me), so lets hope they styling stays for the production version.
The Alfieri concept — the long-overdue successor to the aging GranTurismo — first debuted back in 2014, but Maserati has given a lot more insight into what the final product will be. A coupe and cabriolet version will be made and based on a modular aluminum spaceframe. It will be offered as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric car, the latter claimed to be capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in two seconds. It should also be noted that Maserati announced that all of the powertrains (electric and internal combustion) will be supplied by Ferrari.
Ram 1500 TRX
Did you think FCA would let the Ford Raptor corner the market on factory-ready desert racers? RAM teased the TRX concept back in 2016, but today announced that it’s going to finally become a production model. FCA didn’t release any specific specs for the finished product but the concept featured 575-horsepower suprercharged Hemi V8 and, according to Ram, a suspension system “only shared with the fastest off-road trucks in desert racing.” Maybe we’ll even get it with the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.
Given that Jeep is FCA’s most valuable brand, there’s plenty in store for the historic marque’s future. In addition to further comfirmation of an impending Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wrangler pickup (both of which we’ve been anticipating for so long), plans for a new line of Deserthawk models were revealed. Similar to the existing Trailhawk and Trackhawk models, they’ll be perfromance-oriented, though specifically for high-speed driving on sand.
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