ALFA ROMEO '5 SERIES' PLANNED
Maserati underpinnings mooted for new large Alfa
unveiled the Gloria concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Back then, Alfa described the Gloria as previewing a car larger than the upcoming Giulia, which would present ďanother international challengeĒ Ė in other words, a model thatíd sell well in Asian and American markets.
Now, sources at the company suggest that Alfa Romeo is evaluating the business case for a 5 Series- or E-Class-rivalling model thatíd share the platform and engine range of the upcoming Maserati Ghibli, itself based on a cut-down version of the new Quattroporteís floorpan. Thatíd mean rear-wheel-drive, with power coming from a choice of twin-turbocharged V6 petrol and diesel engines. An additional choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, expected to be unique to the Alfa Romeo version of the model, is also likely to be available.
Itís promising news for any car nut, but especially good for second-hand bargain hunters. Big Alfas have a history of dramatically tanking values, which mean that the 164 and 166 are now available for remarkably little cash (check out this late 166, for example; itís done motorway miles, but has a full history and the all-important cambelt change under its belt and is yours for a shade under six grand). Whether the same fate would befall any new model isnít certain, especially if itís as good as this one sounds Ė but if it did, itíd mean a slice of large-engined, rear-drive Alfa Romeo-badged loveliness (and, indeed, a Maserati by another name) could be yours in a few yearsí time for a bargain price. Splendid.