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Alfa Romeo to return to its roots, more RWD sports cars – report

The classic Alfa Romeo might be on the way back, with word suggesting the brand could be looking to drop small front-wheel drive models from its lineup and instead make more sporty rear-wheel drive vehicles.

Alfa Romeo 4C-2013 Goodwood

According to a recent CAR report in the UK, Alfa Romeo is looking to return to its roots and build more driver’s cars with a traditional front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout. This would mean the current MiTo and Giulietta might be getting the axe.

It’s understood the plan will include building up a stronger relationship between Alfa and Maserati, with new modular platforms potentially underpinning a range of new vehicles for both companies.

One of the first of such models is believed to be the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, which is set to be a BMW 3 series/Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival. A larger ‘Alfetta’ is said to be on the way as well, to rival the 5 Series/E-Class.

Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has revealed plans to increase Alfa Romeo sales from 100,000 to 300,000. The change to more rear-wheel drive sportier vehicles will apparently coincide with that plan.

Alfa Romeo will introduce its latest new sports car next year, the Alfa 4C (pictured). It features a lightweight body and chassis combination with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine sending 176kW to the rear wheels. New models are expected to follow from 2015.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.