Alfa Romeo won't sacrifice its reputation for performance in order to make its electric switch. Instead, it has promised to ramp things up and has hinted its next-generation Quadrifoglio models could be packing as much as 745kW – or 1000hp.
As reported by Torquecafe recently, the Italian brand will be all-electric by the end of the decade, and that will include its Quadrifoglio performance models. Alfa Romeo CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato explained that his priority for Quadrifoglio moving forward will be increasing performance while retaining the dynamic handling that the current Giulia Q is known for.
“Each time we will launch a car from 2025 we will have a Quadrifoglio if, and only if, we consider at Alfa Romeo that we have the level of performance and handling that is at the level of a Quadrifoglio customer,” Imparato said.
“What does that mean? It means that we will reach somewhere around 900-1000-horsepower on the Quadrifoglio proposal for the next-generation of electrified cars. Always being driven by the functionality means I don't want you to be at the charging station for two hours charging your cars.”
To that end, Imparato said Quadrifoglio models will likely get a unique battery, which will be designed for performance and fast charging rather than maximum range.
“We will have a specific battery for the Quadrifoglio version, probably lighter, probably less kilowatt [hours] but high power efficiency. As we know that every three years the market will evolve with tech, we will be focused on everytime we launch a Quadrifoglio version it will have the latest evolution of the battery technology for the group.”
Perhaps the most important element for Imparato is handling, which is challenging as Alfa Romeo will use the Stellantis modular underpinnings that will be shared with Dodge, Jeep, Peugeot and other brand's within the group. To ensure Alfa Romeo has unique handling Imparato will invest millions in bespoke suspension for the Italian brand.
“We will have to work a lot on the road-handling of the cars,” he said. “The guys developing the cars are benefitting from the fantastic technological basket of technologies from Stellantis on one side, but we are focusing the energy of the guys from Alfa Romeo… on the road-handling. This is the key for me, it must be drivable.”