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Alfa Romeo shows roadmap for 2018 to 2022

FCA recently announced that they will be giving more attention to their sub-brand, Alfa Romeo in the next couple of years, which means that they will be extra busy refreshing their portfolio up until 2022.

One of the first few models that will be back is the “8C” nameplate that will be used for the first time since the 1930s, but actually, it was used recently in 2007 with the gorgeous 8C Competizione. Alfa Romeo will then be dusting off that name one more time for a mid-engined coupe that is equipped with a biturbo gasoline engine working together with an electrical front axle. Overall, it has a combined output of over 700 horsepower, the carbon fiber bodied vehicle, can do the 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint from a standstill in less than three seconds.

Aside from the 8C, Alfa Romeo is also going to revive another important badge, and that is the Gran Turismo Veloce. Yes, that is the sporty coupe with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution that is in the works with the GTV nameplate and with over 600 horsepower because of the electric boost that it has been given. The specialty vehicle will be offering four seats and all wheel drive with torque vectoring.

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Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep are ditching the 2018 Paris Motor Show

The automotive industry has been choosing online shows and private debuts over huge annual car shows. These shows instantly cost automakers millions, and that is why car companies have decided to entirely let go of these. The most recent news we heard was from Lamborghini, when they said that they would be skipping the 2018 Paris Motor Show, along with BMW and Mercedes Benz. Now, another large auto group, with three of its core brands, plan to do the same.

To name them, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep, will not be attending this year’s Paris Motor Show, according to website, AutoPlus France. This is also the first time that the three car brands will be ditching a major show, and Fiat explains that it is because auto shows are no longer a must do part of its ongoing strategy. Even though the three main brands will not be in attendance, its mainstream luxury marque, Maserati, will be there together with Ferrari.

This isn’t really shocking news to anyone, as we have been hearing the same thing pretty much during the first half of the year. Other automakers that will be skipping the show in Paris include: Ford, Mazda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Opel, Subaru, Nissan and Volvo. In contrary to that, automakers that will join the show are Kia, Citroen, Jaguar, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Lexus, Peugeot, Smart, Suzuki and Toyota, meanwhile have committed to Paris for 2018.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe rumoured to have late 2018 release

A two-door version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been making a lot of noise around the web for quite some time now. And now, new reports from Autocar have been going around that a coupe variant of the Giulia is actually in the process of development, though there haven’t been spy shots to prove this. Apparently, rumours come from an inside source close to Alfa Romeo, and the model’s official release is supposedly scheduled late this year before it hits the market in 2019.

The Giulia Coupe is said to carry the “Sprint” or “GTV” badge, and is meant to be a more powerful version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. It will inherit some of the body panels at the front half, except with a different nose to separate it from its four door sibling.

Needless to say, a more sloped roofline suitable for a coupe is being worked on, together with longer doors and a refreshed rear. According to our source, the Giulia Coupe’s rear end will have a trunk like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C Class, and Audi A5 coupes. But further rumours suggest that there might also be a five-door version that the automaker is looking into, to go after the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the A5 Sportback.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Nero Edizione packs have gone dark

During the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Alfa Romeo brought in the special edition models of the Giulia and the Stelvio. The Nero Edizione packages will now give the sedan and SUV a dark makeover to make them look a bit more stylish. Only the models with the 2.0 liter turbocharged models with 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) will exclusively be getting the said upgrades.

Both Nero Edizione models will come now be getting a Dark Miron (as Alfa Romeo calls it) finished grille surround. The same colour can be found on the mirror caps and exterior badges too. Shadowy trim surrounds the headlight bezels, while gloss black pieces surround the windows. Moreover, Alfa gave the wheel caps a new monotone badge, while the brake calipers come in black, red, or yellow. Later, there will be a set of dark exhaust tips that will join the package, but they will not be available when the package is first launched.

The special edition Giulia and Stelvio Nero Edizione get a number of individual upgrades as well. The Stelvio gets a Dark Miron applique on the roof rails and the rear fascia. Also, the SUV now sits on a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels in Dark Miron. The Giulia, on the other hand, has its own set of 19 inch wheels that are finished in the Dark Miron colour.

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The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrofoglio is known as the world’s fastest SUV after proving itself lethal around the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:51.7. Under its hood is a V6 engine that produces as much as 505 horsepower (376 kilowatts). And for a car this powerful to be in your garage, be ready to shell out a huge amount of money too - as the Stelvio Quadrofoglio has a starting price of $79,995 MSRP, excluding the $1,595 destination fee. This adds up to a total of $81,590.

With that price tag, we could definitely say that the Stelvio Quadrofoglio is not cheap. With that price, it actually is $38,000 more expensive than the regular Stelvio, which only comes out to be $41,995. But that is also because the standard Stelvio only carries a 2.0 liter engine that can carry out 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts). However, when looking at the prices of its closest rivals, we can say that it is competitively priced.

For instance, the 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package has a starting price of $87,495, but is also a bit less powerful by 65 horsepower (48 kilowatts) when comparing it with the Stelvio.

Read the entire article Is the $80K starting price of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio reasonable?

Alfa Romeo has been working on revitalizing its product portfolio, beginning with the Giulia and the Stelvio. Other than those two, the Italian automaker also has plans on adding a larger crossover in the lineup too, but what will that be? Well, if our sources are reliable, the automaker was said to be looking into two new vehicles, namely the 4C and another model that will be the successor of the Giulietta.

Roberto Fedeli, Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer told Auto Express, said that they will need a few other pillars, to put in the C-segment, as well as a much sportier model, for them to be able to complete the Alfa range of products.

Alfa Romeo is also considering a shortened version of the Giulietta, which will be the shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s platform, and it will likely be a rear wheel drive as well. And take note, that this is a rare territory for C-segment hatchbacks, kind of like the formula of the BMW 1 Series hatch. The thing is, Alfa and FCA will have to make sure that it is worth their time, money, and effort to re-enter that segment.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo will add 2 new models to its lineup: a Giulietta successor and a new 4C

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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