Alfa Romeo decided to ring in the new year by releasing a video on social media teasing a mysterious model.
The video, posted to Alfa Romeo’s Instagram account on New Year’s Eve, asks the viewer if they’re ready for 2023 and then ends by saying “We are,” followed by a brief glimpse of the new model’s taillight.
The taillight has a circular design, similar to that used by Alfa Romeo on its 4C supercar, but a red dash through the center forms what appears to be the number 6, prompting rumors that the mysterious model is a new 6C supercar.
Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato hinted last summer that Alfa Romeo could launch a supercar to mark the end of the road for the internal combustion engine, as the automaker plans to go the all-electric route from 2026 . As the rumored engine for the car is Alfa Romeo’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, the 6C name makes a lot of sense. The 4C was powered by a Turbo-4 and the previous 8C Competizione by a V-8.
As recently as 2018, Alfa Romeo was planning to launch a modern 8C supercar powered by the same V-6, although plans for the car along with a planned Giulia-based coupe were scrapped the following year as Alfa Romeo’s then-parent company. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles entered into negotiations for a merger with the French PSA group, negotiations that led to the creation of Stellantis two years later.
While a new supercar isn’t certain, we do know that Alfa Romeo is preparing a subcompact crossover for launch in 2024 as the first electric vehicle. The crossover, which could end up with the Brennero name, is said to be a twin of the Jeep Avenger, which goes on sale in Europe later this year, in both petrol and electric versions.