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Just a few days ago, the guys behind Alfa Romeo were celebrating after getting a hold of the crown for being the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring, after the Stelvio beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’ record.
Like many records set before it, there are those who question its veracity. In this case, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took on the Green Hell, and finished in exactly 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. But we have been hearing things that there were a couple of issues in the video’s editing.
The website Bridge to Gantry, was the first one to throw doubt into the record. They pointed out a number of editing issues that could prove it to be fake. This video contains the full 7 minutes 51.7 seconds run of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. If you watch the video closely, the car appears to pass through the same location several times throughout the video. One particular example is the fact that the car passes the 2 kilometer sign twice right in the start of the video.Read the entire article Did Alfa Romeo cheat on the Stelvio’s Nurburgring run?
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has won its spot as the record holder for the Nurburgring when it comes to road-legal production cars. However, the Stuttgart based company has just lost the SUV crown to Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It was Fabio Francia who drove the SUV around the Green Hell, and luckily, he did well on the challenging corners of the track. In case you don’t know, Francia had taken the Giulia Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, and is responsible for its record breaking lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds.
Though the Stelvio’s record is far from the Giulia’s, and cannot match that of its more agile sedan sibling, its 7 minutes 51.7 seconds record is still quite impressive. Especially considering the fact that former record holders like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S took another 8 seconds to go around the ‘Ring. Furthermore, when Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, they said that the model would need 7:59 seconds to lap the Nurburgring. Surprisingly, the production version is even quicker than they expected.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first ever SUV, is 2.0 inches longer and 8.9 inches taller than the Giulia, with 2.5 inches more ground clearance. Under the hood is the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the Giulia. It has 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, the company claims that it can do the 60 mile per hour sprint in 5.4 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of 144 miles per hour. These numbers are quite impressive compared to other 2.0 liter powered SUVs. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic that gives power to the all wheel drive.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio steals SUV record away from Porsche Cayenne Turbo S at Nurburgring
Alfa Romeo’s much anticipated launch of a new larger sedan has been put off by at least three more years as reported by Automotive News. What was supposed to arrive in 2018 was moved further down the road to avoid clashing with both the Giuilia sedan and the Stevio Crossover’s recent updates. Said to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6, the Volvo S90 and the BMW 5 Series, Alfa’s upcoming flagship four door (or the “Alfetta”) will possibly share some similarities with the smaller Giulia--- which might also include the Quadrifoglio model’s 503hp 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 engine. Although there are some speculations that an all-new hybrid powertrain is on the cards as well.
It is known that the company currently puts its confidence on the Giulia in giving its overall sales figures some kind of a boost. Unfortunately, Alfa so far has just sold a total of 5,494 Giulias since the start of the year and about 916 for the last month. On the contrary, BMW has sold as many as 37,170 units of the 3 Series since 2017 with as many as 5,379 in just the previous month. That being said, it is quite understandable since no one is truly anticipating Alfa to be dominating the market at this early stage. While more consumers have been choosing SUVs and crossovers over a sedan, Alfa can at least continue to take advantage of this trend after the Stelvio went on sale last July.
In related news, the refreshed Alfa Romeo Giulia is offered with new wheel options and more choices for the infotainment system. The sedan can now be had with the optionally available 18-inch dual 5-spoke alloy wheels with diamond cut design which you can avail whether for the Veloce, Speciale Tecnica or the Super versions. Exclusively, the Veloce is offered with an optionally available 19-inch dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloys. The Super petrol variant on the other hand can now feature the new sporty dual exhaust. Starting this October, Giulia owners can already have the option for an Android Auto and Apple Car Play to be integrated into their infotainment system.Read the entire article Big sedan from Alfa Romeo will reportedly launch in 2021 instead of 2018
Today, Chinese investors are probably the biggest market of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but the company wants to try out some options that would help boost their overall valuation. And one thing they are considering is to spin off both Maserati and Alfa Romeo like what they did with Ferrari last year. Doing so leaves them with no luxury brands.
So what they plan to do instead is to focus on volume or mass market cars within its portfolio, and these include models from Jeep, Dodge, and Ram. Already, this looks like it will attract the Chinese market, as Great Wall Motor Co. has already showed interest. Furthermore, none of these proposed deals are certain just yet. FCA thinks that by doing this, they will be more attractive to an outside buyer.
Also, Fiat Chrysler may hesitate to spin off Jeep as it looks like it is the most desirable segment of the automaker’s entire business. Having said that, Morgan Stanley analysts estimated that Jeep alone could be worth over $20 billion, and that is more than the estimated value of the whole FCA, making Jeep the company’s biggest contributor.Read the entire article Will FCA sell Alfa Romeo and Maserati in the near future?
Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.
Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.
You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.Read the entire article 9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Everyone seems to know that the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been recently experiencing problems. Turns out, the blame goes to Giulia’s software. Reid Bigland, big time executive from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, finally responded with an apology after Sam Smith, Road & Track’s editor-at-large published an article bearing the headline “Alfa Romeo Is Its Own Worst Enemy”.
Under the main title, Smith had written “How one of the greatest brands in automotive history might squander what goodwill it has left”. Apparently, the issue began after the media publication’s test car struggled to make it through one lap at the Gingerman Raceway earlier this week.
According to Bigland, the problem was caused by the vehicle’s software, saying that the car was shipped directly from the factory without going through the standard dealer inspection procedure. As a result of this, several software updates must have been missed in the process. If Bigland’s statement is later proven to be correct, then we have found the answer to the malfunctioning engine lights and sunroofs that used to plague Alfa Romeo Giulia in the last two years.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo exec cites missed software updates in response to bad review of Giulia
For motorists in the United States who think that driving a new Alfa Romeo is worth it, here comes some very good news. Alfa Romeo is slashing $100 off the usual monthly lease for the new Giulia. More specifically, Alfa Romeo is offering US drivers a 24-month lease deal that entails a down payment of just $3,299 and a monthly payment of $299.
This seemingly sweet lease offer comes as the Italian premium carmaker seems to be having some trouble to meet its expectations for the Alfa Romeo Giulia premium mid-size sedan in the US. Although the Italian carmaker has seen sales of the Giulia increase month by month since January 2017, it has yet to breach the 1,000 monthly sales barrier. From a measly sales number of 70 units in January 2017, the Alfa Romeo Giulia crawled its way up to 992 examples in June 2017, for a total of 3,475 units in the first six months of 2017. The increase seems encouraging, but it falls short of the expectations that the Giulia would be a big seller.
For $299 a month, this lease deal is enticing for customers looking for a gorgeous car with Italian design and heritage, state of the art technologies as well as great handling and sprinting capability. This offer refers to a base, rear-wheel drive version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia (with 22L package), with the pricing based on an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) example of $38,990.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo dangles $299 a month lease deal for Giulia sedan in the US
Those who know of Jeremy Clarkson would say that it’s difficult to persuade him once he has formed his opinions. In fact, that may be an understatement for many. Another thing that we know about him is that he is not a big fan of SUVs, or that genre in general, as he thinks that it is a waste of money. However, the general public doesn't seem to agree with him, and still go for SUVs. To add to that, more and more people are shifting to SUVs more than anything else.
Clarkson expressed this as he wrote on his latest article on Sunday Times: "I loathe all the current crop of so-called SUVs, except those I dislike intensely". He finds it "idiotic" driving around a car that is slower, pricier, and consumes more fuel than a saloon or an estate. This guy has so much angst.
But recently, Alfa Romeo invited the guy to head over to Tuscany to test drive the new Stelvio. Naturally, Clarkson already had a negative outlook on this, as it was an SUV made by Alfa Romeo, and even compared it to Armani deciding to make carrier bags. A weird metaphor but we get it.Read the entire article SUV-hating Jeremy Clarkson ends up liking the Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian-American automaker's current bid to extract a five-figure amount out of the check books of consumers who like to cruise around in style with Giorgio-backed grace, and those who are highly interested to know how much it costs to acquire such vehicle then you are in luck. FCA North America recently revealed the price tag for both Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, and automaker competitors might just be worried now.
The Italian-American automaker is finally taking part in the crossover buzz in the United States by unveiling the Stelvio this summer. The top of the tier Quadrifoglio will sit beside the Stelvio at a later time, but the standard trim will sell for about $42,990 (plus $995 destination) when arriving at selected dealers. Its mid-range counterpart, the Stelvio Ti will bear a price tag of around $44,990. The standard Stelvio and Ti's powertrain is a 2.0 L turbocharged 4 cylinder that produces around 280hp (209 kW) and 306 lb-ft (415 Newton-meters) of torque.
The output will be delivered via an 8-speed automatic gearbox to the front and rear wheels. The automotive company claimed that the new crossover can go up to 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour) in just 5.4 seconds and can clinch a top speed of about 144 mph (232 kph). But don’t be fooled, as the low-range Stelvio have some nifty features including Alfa DNA drive mode selector, leather interior, backup camera, rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps with LE daytime running light, LED tail lamps, passive entry care of Keyless Go, power liftgate, power hatch, and a Formula One inspired flat bottom steering wheel with dedicated push button start to top it all.Read the entire article 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is set to arrive this summer, price starts at $42,990
Another automotive designer has once again made a great effort to stand out in this ever-changing motoring world. Like always, rendering artists typically get their inspirations from the most infrequently tapped sources--- as we can see with this latest interpretation of an Alfa Romeo supercar.
It was roughly a couple of months back when we featured Alex Imnadze’s surreal Apple Eve Concept. The Italian artist has also penned his own version of the Porsche 918 Spyder only recently. If any, Imnadze’s stunning creation brings about a brand new perspective, while keeping the vehicle’s traditional “performance characteristics” an integral part of his modern interpretation.
Imnadze’s concept, which goes by the name Alfa Romeo 6C Disco Volante, has a good starting point unbeknownst to all. First, the automotive designer derived its genes from two famous bloodlines-- the 1952 Disco Volante by Touring Superleggera and the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 sports car that took off in Milan in 1925. Nevertheless, Imnadze came out with such an impressive interpretation of the two legends— by making it into one spectacular masterpiece.Read the entire article Stunning Alfa Romeo 6C Disco Volante Concept rendered
There are a lot of reasons to be excited for the 2017 New York Auto Show this week. The reasons range from Jeep’s most powerful SUV, to Dodge’s SRT Demon, and many others.
After Alfa Romeo introduced the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company decided it would release the standard version of the crossover at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
The company promises that even the base model will offer excellent performance. With only an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the all wheel drive has the ability to send 60 percent of the torque to the front wheels when extra traction is needed. Both the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti will have a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can yield 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 306 pound-feet (415 Newton-metres) of torque. In just 5.4 seconds, both vehicles can speed up to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometres per hour), and have a top speed of 144 miles per hour (232 kilometres per hour). The range topping model, on the other hand, has a 505 horsepower 2.9 liter twin turbo V6 engine and can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 177 mph.Read the entire article 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio base model will make its debut in New York
There are more ways than one to make an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s photo generate more likes (or angry reactions) on Facebook. It only goes to show how different folks have different tastes.
But if you’re a fan of Photoshop, there’s a Facebook account under the name KhyzySaleem that you can follow to see how an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio could turn out if it swallowed one of its siblings.
In this photo for example, the Giulia has turned into a massively wide monster. Look at the big hips and how it has been enhanced by placing a new set of larger than life fender flares along with ludicrously wide set of wheels to match. To complete the monstrous look, the designer has added a 6-pack exhaust pipes ---enough to put any of its rivals to shame.Read the entire article Rendering of extra wide Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio gets attention online
If you are wondering why this Alfa Romeo SUV being shown at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show looks so familiar, wonder no more. Well, it is because it is identical to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV that was unveiled by the Italian carmaker at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
When we say these models are identical, we mean that they are the same. While Alfa Romeo showed both the base and higher-end versions of the Stelvio in LA, the one shown in Chicago is only the performance variant. Simply put, the version being shown at 2017 Chicago Auto Show sits at the top of the range of the Stelvio SUV model. Welcome, the dynamics-focused Stelvio QV or Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
As far as the looks of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is concerned, it might be easier to describe this SUV as the taller and more practical version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. This shouldn’t surprise us since the Stelvio SUV has essentially adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan. The Stelvio also features flowing headlights, muscular wings and a large triangular grille – as found on the Giulia sedan.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo displays 510 hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV at 2017 Chicago Auto Show
How much do you need to shell out to buy a new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia? Well, it depends on the chosen variant and specs of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, although all versions of the premium mid-size sedan represent a fusion of Italian craftsmanship, performance and state-of-the-art technology.
The Italian carmaker is offering the Giulia sedan in three variants – base, Turismo Internazionale (TI) and the range-topping Quadrifoglio. The differences between these models are dictated by the specs, features and equipment found in each variant. To help interested customers in the United States better decide on how to specify their own Giulia, Alfa Romeo has launched an online configurator for the premium sedan. This online configurator also specifies how much each feature would cost the customer.
The base version of the Giulia has a starting price of $37,995, and when the destination charge of $995 is taken into account, the overall price is set at $38,990. What a customer gets is a rear-wheel drive Giulia sedan powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 direct-injection engine -- paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission -- that delivers 280 hp of max output and 306 lb.-ft. of peak torque.Read the entire article 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is most expensive at $87,670
Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo has its own proud history of classic wins in the world of motorsports. In the 1990s, the Italian carmaker fielded its Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer, which in turn grabbed race victories and even championships in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship, or DTM). Thus, Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer has been considered as one of the racing icons, even though DTM already folded in 1996.
Now, Rc-workchop -- a visual artist specializing in automotive rendering – has recently posted a rendered image of a modern Alfa Romeo Giulia wrapped in the classic Martini Racing livery that draped the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer. Of course, Rc-workchop implemented a number of visual modifications on the Alfa Romeo Giulia to make it graphically suitable for the DTM. To note, the 155 V6 TI only started donning the sponsorship livery from Martini Racing in the 1995 season of the DTM.
Covered in white finish, the rendering – dubbed as Alfa Romeo Giulia DTM Concept by Rc-workchop – features similar graphics and colors as the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI DTM. The Alfa Romeo Giulia DTM Concept features the red and blue visual scheme -- with heavy purple line – that starts from the inner edges of the headlamps and partly flows on the bonnet, continues to the sides and ends on the rear lights. The red-blue-purple scheme is also found on the lower section of the Giulia’s sides.Read the entire article Rc-workchop imagines a DTM version of Alfa Romeo Giulia with classic Martini Racing livery
When Alfa Romeo unveiled the new 2017 Giulia Veloce at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October it presented two power options. One is a 2.2-liter diesel engine that provides 210 hp of output at 3,500 rpm and 470 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The other is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter powerplant which develops 280 hp of output at 5,250 rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm.
While the 280 hp of output that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged GME T4 engine generates is already a handful, it would not allow the 2017 Giulia Veloce to compete against the likes of the 2017 Audi S4 quattro, 2017 BMW 340i xDrive and 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic. But it seems Alfa Romeo, or parent FCA, would not let it go by without making sure that its Giulia Veloce could properly compete against the aforementioned cars.
This was discovered by Squadra Tuning, a Netherlands-based tuning shop that managed to push the power up on a 2.2-liter diesel-powered Giulia. Browsing through the FCA parts Web site for the Dutch market, Squadra Tuning discovered a more powerful variant of the GME T4 is currently in the works and will be up for fitment on the Giulia Veloce. Squadra took a screenshot of its discovery and posted it on its Facebook page. The image show terms like “CC2.0” which refers to the GME T4, while Vermogen is a Dutch word that could mean “power” or “engine.” The image shows two versions of the GME T4: a 280 PK or hp unit, and a 350 hp variant.Read the entire article More powerful version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce with 350 hp on its way
Prices for the new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Quadrifoglio in the US have been officially released. The Giulia sedan starts at $38,990 while the Quadrifoglio is priced at $73,595. Alfa Romeo’s mid variant, or the Turismo Internazionale, comes with a price tag of $40,990.
Only this year, the Quadrifoglio production sedan set an impressive new record at Nurburgring finishing with a total of 7 minutes and 32 seconds lap time. The Quadrifoglio features a 505hp 2.9 litre V6 twin turbo engine that can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. Meanwhile, both the Turismo Internazionale and the standard Giulia come with a 280hp 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder turbo engine capable of up to 306 lb-ft of torque. This allows the TI and the Giulia to sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in as short 5.1 seconds.
Alfa Romeo’s base model sedan will also feature bi xenon for its headlights, a 6.5-inches infotainment display, 10-way power seat adjustments and leather interior. There is also a Sport Exterior Package that can be bought for an additional $1,250. This package includes colored brake calipers, black trims for the windows, an 18-inch set of wheels along with a “more aggressive" front and rear bumpers.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo releases official pricing for the 2017 Giulia and Quadrifoglio
The new Stelvio from Alfa Romeo was recently presented to the public during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And with that, X-Tomi Design quickly came out with its very own rendering, albeit a little controversial, and dubbing it as the Stelvio Spider.
From the name, it is safe to assume that the roof of the Stelvio was removed and it presents itself as a possible challenger to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. While FCA has no plans on actually making such a version, it would certainly be interesting to see how Range Rover would react if the project is realized.
When it was first unveiled during the LA show, people were excited as this marked the first time Alfa Romeo released a SUV. Powering this model is the same engine inside the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. Total output is at 505 hp with peak torque of 443 lb-ft. With this, the Stelvio attains a maximum speed of 177 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.90 seconds.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Stelvio Spider rendered, we can't say we hate it!
Not a few have been expecting Alfa Romeo to offer a sports utility vehicle. In fact, it has been over a decade since people started hoping that Alfa Romeo would develop and produce an SUV, when the Italian carmaker unveiled the Kamal SUV concept in 2003. Now, the long wait is over as Alfa Romeo is unveiling its own SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show – the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
While it took Alfa Romeo a lot of effort to build the new Stelvio SUV, it is far easier to describe it as a more practical yet taller version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. A quick look at both Alfa Romeo vehicles would make onlookers conclude that the Stelvio appears similar to the Giulia sedan. This means that the Stelvio SUV has adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan.
But the similarities do not end there. For instance, the interior of the new Stelvio is comparable to the cabin of the Giulia, with a couple of tweaks though. Stelvio also features a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, climate controls, an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Alfa Romeo’s signature selector knob and second rotary dial in the center console. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Giulia sedan – the new Giorgio vehicle architecture developed by parent FCA.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo is taking the wraps off new Stelvio SUV at 2016 LA Auto Show
Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. These are a few of the famous Italian artists known for their wonderful works of art. Here comes Mito, from Turin, Italy, but Mito is no person. Mito is Alfa Romeo’s three-door supermini. Itself a work of art -- like its 8C, 4C and Guilia siblings -- the Alfa Romeo recently became involved in an art project in which it was the artist. All it needed was an empty warehouse, large white canvass and, of course, colorful powder and paint.
Then came the moment of truth, as captured in video by new high-quality dual camera feature of the new iPhone 7 Plus, which is now fully water-resistant. Its dual rear cameras don’t only take notably better photos -- especially in low light – but also could stitch together two images for unique effects like 2x optical zoom. A future software upgrade would add a cool in-camera bokeh effect that could blur the background while still focusing on the foreground. In addition, the battery of the new Alfa Romeo Mito
Using its spirited agility and superb driving dynamics, the Alfa Romeo Mito, ran and swished over the colored powder and paint and splash them over the white canvass – employing its distinct D.N.A driving system in the process. Alfa Romeo’s unique D.N.A system is a driving mode selector that could adapt the Mito’s performance to suit the driving style and road conditions.Read the entire article New Alfa Romeo Mito creates art work captured by iPhone7 Plus
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