It has taken Alfa Romeo years of promises to finally, truly return to the US with the 4C sports coupe and its initial 86-dealer network. We already know that the sporty Italian brand has more models on the way in near future, with a midsize sedan, crossovers and more headed our way according to the company's five-year plan. Now, the latest rumor from an unnamed source speaking to Auto Express, claims that Alfa has another, more powerful sports car on the slate to take on an even higher rung of performance vehicles, cars like the Jaguar F-Type.

The so-called Alfa Romeo 6C would launch as a coupe with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine from Maserati Ghibli (which makes 404 horsepower in that application) and a convertible would join the lineup later. The Alfa's platform would come directly from the Maserati Alfieri, which is supposed to launch in 2016. In terms of styling, the insider describes the new coupe as closer to the earlier 8C Competizione than the 4C. That suggests a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, plenty of gorgeous curves and the brand's long-lived shield grille flanked by LED headlights up front.

Auto Express' source claims a 2017 launch date for the new range, and that could fit in Alfa's already-announced product plan. In its five-year forecast, the company said a specialty car would join the ranks from 2016-2018. At the time, we assumed this would be the sibling to the next-gen Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, the Italian end of the project was more recently reported to be in doubt, with thoughts that the codeveloped model may end up wearing a Fiat badge. The 6C could be an interesting alternative if the project comes to fruition.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Months Ago

       An application for a luxury sports car for Chrysler should also be one's consideration mix. I'd love to see that since I'm a Chrysler guy.

        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke

        Aren't you the guy who owns a Crossfire? I think the D-RWD platform being developed for the SRT Cuda, a line of Alfa Romeos, and possibly the next Avenger would be a better fi for a potential new Crossfire. Hell, they could even use the new Miata's platform which Alfa is snagging.

          • 3 Months Ago
          @Justin Campanale

          I still like the Crossfire regardless of the critics.  I've driven a few and found them pretty cool.

      • 3 Months Ago *Edited*

      We're hearing a lot of exciting news from Alfa, I just hope they pull through better than when automakers typically make such ambitious claims (lookin' at you Lotus). Of course, Alfa has a lot more resources and given the success Chrysler has had the past few years (successful US launch of Fiat, growing sales with RAM, increasing critic/consumer support with Dodge cars) I see no big reason why they couldn't have a successful US launch either. 

        • 3 Months Ago

        All in support of FCA, but to be fair the Fiat launch was not successful.  Dealers were not open in time, slow retail growth, and poor management of marketing (J-Lo) in the early days by Laura Soave.  Timothy Kuniskis, now at Dodge turned the ship around at Fiat.  Fiat now needs more product in NA.

      • 3 Months Ago

      2017 in ALFA-speak is really 2187.

      • 3 Months Ago

      Hey Alfa, why so beautiful? alright, shut up and take my money. Bring us the Guilia while your at it too.

      • 3 Months Ago

      Who really gives a turd? They can't even get a car to market in the U.S. They have become pathological liars.

      • 3 Months Ago

      I would rather have the ubiquitous Audi 4.2V8 tuned to 450hp.

      • 3 Months Ago

      I can't wait to see the 6 but glad the Mazda project will yield a fiat spyder as that's what I'll probably be able to afford.

      IT Manager
      • 3 Months Ago

      It is a beautiful car.