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Alfa Giulia coupe getting F1 hybrid tech?

by Ronan Glon

The model could make its debut this year.

Alfa Romeo's on-again, off-again Giulia coupe has allegedly received the green light for production. Possibly named Sprint or GTV, the model will arrive on the market fashionably late with an electrified surprise under the hood.

British magazine Autocar reports the Giulia coupe will use a brake energy recuperation system similar to the one that equips modern-day Formula One cars. Alfa hasn't designed a Formula One racer in decades, but it sponsors the Sauber team for 2018.

The system will be fitted to at least two powertrains. The first will be the standard Giulia's 2.0-liter turbo four; the second will be the Quadrifoglio model's 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. Insiders familiar with Alfa's plans told Autocar the four-cylinder will make 345 horsepower while the six-cylinder will offer 641 horsepower.

The coupe will look like the Giulia (pictured) from the tip of the front bumper to the base of the a-pillars. Beyond that, it will receive a specific design with a fast-sloping roof line and a more voluptuous rear end. Much of the interior will carry over from the sedan.

Want one? You'll have to wait. Autocar reports the Giulia coupe won't make its public debut until the end of the year at the earliest and it will begin rolling into showrooms in late 2019, meaning we'll likely get it as a 2020 model. Its main rivals will include the Audi A5, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and the BMW 4 Series.

Photos by Ronan Glon.