However, the Italian beauty reportedly has some tricks up its sleeve that just may leave its German competitors gasping for breath - most notably a Ferrari-derived V8 engine. The new mill is based on the 4.2L unit from the Maserati Quattroporte and Granturismo and should develop close to 400hp (298kW) in the new GTA.
This latest spy video shows a somewhat disguised Alfa with quad tailpipes and covered vents on the bonnet and fenders, lending credit to the theory of a high output engine. The test mule also rides on lower suspension and shows very little body-roll though corners.
Unlike its predecessor which was never taken seriously as a super-sedan due to its FWD system, power in the new car will be put through all four wheels thanks to Alfa's Q4 AWD system.