Report: Alfa Romeo 8C Hybrid Supercar to Get 800 Horses
Alfa Romeo’s upcoming 8C hybrid supercar will team a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 that drives the rear wheels with an electric motor up front to deliver a combined 800 hp, CAR reports.
Parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV confirmed plans for the new flagship model earlier this summer. At the time, the carmaker said the 8C would feature a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a hybrid powertrain that generated more than 700 hp, enabling zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than three seconds.
Alfa Romeo currently uses a 500-hp version of the 2.9-liter V-6 in its Giulia sport sedan and Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance crossover model. The electric motor will be sourced from Ferrari NV, which will provide the same motor for the Maserati Alfieri sports car due early next decade, according to the report.
The new supercar could be launched by 2021. Production is expected to be limited to about 1,000 units, possibly including an open-top variant. Alfa Romeo’s last 8C was offered as a coupe and roadster. The company produced 1,000 of those vehicles between 2007 and 2010.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.