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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Stelvio UK Pricing and Specs

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Those of you who have been waiting for the new Alfa SUV to reach the British market can now begin to get excited about it as the car is gearing up for market launch in September. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will launch in the UK with a base price of £33,990. Teh top-of-the-line version is 10 grand dearer.

There are four trim levels for the UK-spec Alfa Romeo Stelvio, including Stelvio, Super, Speciale and the limited production Milano Edizione. At launch, drivers will be able to choose between two engine versions – 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD and 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD – combined with an ZF eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Standard kit on base models include 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, LED rear lights and a double lateral chrome exhaust pipe, plus dual-zone climate control, Alfa D.N.A. rotary driving mode selector, a 3.5-inch TFT colour cluster instrument panel, UConnect 8.8-inch display infotainment system with DAB plus Bluetooth/AUX multimedia connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system and two front and two rear USB ports.

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The safety kit is pretty satisfying, too. After all, Alfa Romeo Stelvio recently passed the EuroNCAP crash test with flying colors, gaining five stars thanks in part to its segment-first Integrated Brake System, Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

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The limited launch version Alfa Romeo Stelvio Milano Edizione is probably the one everybody is going to go for. The main highlights of this model include sporty leather seats, a 10 speaker Sound Theatre, 20-inch V-Spoke alloy wheels, keyless entry, Athermic windscreen, privacy glass with black gloss window surround, electrically adjustable and heated front seats and a rear-view camera with dynamic grid lines.

The All-New Alfa Romeo Stelvio price list:

Model Price
 Stelvio 2.2 Diesel 180hp RWD £33,990
 Stelvio 2.0 Petrol 200hp AWD £34,690
 Super 2.2 Diesel 180hp RWD £36,190
 Super 2.2 Diesel 180hp AWD £37,690
 Super 2.0 Petrol 200hp AWD £36,890
 Super 2.2 Diesel 210hp AWD £38,490
 Speciale 2.2 Diesel 180hp AWD £41,490
 Speciale 2.0 Petrol 280hp AWD £43,690
 Speciale 2.2 Diesel 210hp AWD £42,290
 Milano Edizione 2.0 Petrol 280hp AWD £45,390
 Milano Edizione 2.2 Diesel 210hp AWD £43,990

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Fails To Complete Track Test: Video

Alfa Romeos bring with them a certain set of connotations. Car lovers see Alfas as beautifully designed machines, with delicious curves front to back. The performance and handling are inspiring, thrilling with engaging dynamics and a soulful exhaust note. But it’s not all good – Alfas also have a tendency to, well break down, and unfortunately, it was this final association that was on display when our friends over at PistonHeads brought one to the track for a three-way sports sedan showdown.

Here’s the set-up: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3 Comp Pack, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. A trio of four-door performance machines boasting good looks, opulent interiors, and more than a little gusto under the hood. This is a segment typically dominated by German makes like the two listed above, but Alfa recently decided to challenge the status quo by introducing the 505-horsepower Giulia QF, inspiring enthusiasts the world over to proclaim the return of one of the world’s greatest performance brands. Thing is, to finish first, you must first finish, as they say.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Stelvio Earns 5-Star Safety Rating

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Euro NCAP, an establishment that crashes new cars into concrete blocks to measure how safe they are, has awarded the new 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio with its maximum score of 5 safety stars. That was expected to be honest, because massive SUVs usually perform well in crash tests. 

But this may not be as good a news for Alfa as it might first appear. You see, in spite of all their brilliant effort, despite revamping the lineup and upgrading the looks and quality of their products, Alfa Romeo is still not doing brilliantly sales-wise as we’ve seen withteh Giulia. Now it wouldn’t have hurt so much if their cars were still rubbish, or, say, they scored only two stars in NCAP tests. But they are doing everything right and still nobody’s buying their cars. That ought to feel really crappy.

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At any rate, the success of Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Euro NCAP crash tests is not all down to its bulky size. The SUV also packs some fairly sophisticated safety options, namely Integrated Brake System (IBS) which significantly reduces braking distance thanks to its combination of electronics and mechanics, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian detection.

The Stelvio will go on sale in Autumn. Here’s hoping it’ll do better than its sister, Giulia.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.

The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV.
He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV.
Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo 4C Plus Formula 3000 V-8 Equals Automotive Bliss: Video

Located in the north of Italy and surrounded by a jaw-dropping mountain vista, the municipality of Verzegnis has a lot to offer visitors. But beyond the stunning natural beauty and relaxing ambiance, Verzegnis also plays host to an annual hillclimb event. Officially sanctioned by the FIA, a variety of machinery show up every year to play in the twisting switchbacks and narrow two-lane tarmac, including the above-featured Alfa Romeo 4C. One look at this thing is enough to confirm it means business – just check out that aero, the ultra-wide and low stance, and race-ready rubber in the corners. But the real head-turner is coming out the twin exhaust pipes, where a high-strung Formula 3000 V-8 provides a soaring soundtrack.

According to YouTuber 19Bozzy92, the spec sheet is rather impressive – roughly 450 horsepower is on tap thanks to a 3.0-liter Zytek V-8, which is more than adequate considering the whole thing weighs just 700 kg (1,543 pounds). Throw in all the other competition-spec goodies, like upgraded steering, hardcore suspension, and a stripped interior, and this 4C has a ton of potential. Hit play, crank up your headphones, and bask in the sights and sounds of one of Turin’s finest tuned to 11.


PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce UK Pricing and Specs

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The Giulia’s range in the United Kingdom is getting expanded further with the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year. Known as the Ti model in America, the Veloce sits snuggly between the base model and the range-topping QV, offering a nice blend of performance and efficiency wrapped in a hugely desirable package. 

Powering the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 280hp and a maximum torque of 400Nm which enables the sports sedan to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph. It is clever too, what with a “2-in-1” turbocharger system and direct injection, and MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system. That’s how it manages to return 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 141g/km CO2.

Prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce starts from £37,935 OTR for which you get a good amount of standard kit including front & rear parking sensors, headlamp washers and upgraded braking system, dual-zone climate control, Alfa DNA driving mode selector and 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, plus safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Integrated Braking System (IBS) and cruise control with speed limiter.

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PostHeaderIcon A Tuning Company has Managed to Get more than 600 Ponies out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio

The addition of computers into computers has made it increasingly easy for manufacturers to control an engine’s power output. Most of the time, manufacturers keep engine tunes toned down for reliability and longevity, but other times the same process is used to tone down the engine in one trim while allowing it to be more powerful in another – one prime example of this is the Infiniti Q50 3.0t and the Q50 Red Sport 400. Both use the same 3.0-liter, but the Red Sport 400 delivers an extra 100 ponies. Well, tuning firm Pogea Racing GmbH has unlocked the potential of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and managed to squeeze out a staggering 604 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 94 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of pavement-chewing torque.

The best part is that the tuning firm managed to do so without adding on any aftermarket parts – it’s all computer tuning. There’s no word as to reliability issues down the road, but some express concern for the increased output per liter from the 2.9-liter V-6 that motivates this Italian beauty. In stock form, that 2.9-liter manages to pump out 174 horsepower per liter, but with the engine putting out 208 horsepower per liter, there could be a strain on internal components, as they may not have been designed to accommodate quite so much power.

The tuning firm seems to be confident that it could produce as much as 690 horsepower with tuning, but in the Instagram post announcing the 604-pony tune, it said that the 604 horsepower and 553 pound-foot output seems to be the limit of the car’s hardware. That means that going any higher would likely require a reworking of the engine heads and lower end, and could potentially be rough on the transmission as well. Either way, one of the hashtags included with the post were #700pssoon (700ps s about 690 ponies), so it’s quite possible the tuning firm will eventually add in some reworked internal components. If so, who knows how much power the 2.9-liter could make if built with strong enough components.

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PostHeaderIcon Don't Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

You can tell that Alfa Romeo is in a good place when the problems it’s having involves deciding between two models that are going to be received well by the public. Apparently, that’s the predicament the Italian automaker finds itself in with the Giulia Sportwagon variant and a report from Car Magazine reveals that the Italian automaker is dropping plans to build the wagon variant of the Giulia because it wants to focus its attention on the Stelvio SUV.

Speaking with the news outlet, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla explained that the Giulia Sportwagon, while appealing for a number of different reasons, wouldn’t make sense since the Stelvio already captures a lot of the features and capabilities that the Giulia Sportwagon would have had in case Alfa Romeo decided to green light it. In his own words, Altavilla added that the Stelvio “can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the [Giulia Sportwagon].”

While there is some point to Altavilla’s explanation, it’s still a little surprising that Alfa Romeo would do anything to quell the momentum that the Giulia has generated since it was launched in 2016. The positive reception of the sedan reignited interest in the once-struggling Italian brand and the momentum has swelled to the point that we’re now in line to see the Giulia Sprint, a two-door coupe variant that’s expected to compete against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and Audi RS5. Adding a Sportwagon variant would have helped round out the Giulia family as that model would have been able to directly line up against the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate and compete against those variants independently.

Turns out, we’re not going to see that anymore because Alfa Romeo isn’t even going to cross that bridge. Again, the explanation behind the decision to drop the Giulia Sportwagon makes a lot of sense at the moment. Let’s just hope that for Alfa’s sake, it won’t come back and bite them in the future.

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PostHeaderIcon In Case You Missed Them, Here Are All The Super Bowl Car Adverts

In the off chance you’ve been on a remote island for the last several weeks and are only now reestablishing a connection with civilization, I’ll start by saying Super Bowl LI took place over the weekend, and it was quite the event. I guess there were a few points scored and something about a comeback, but I was in it for the car advertisements. After all, these aren’t your normal adverts – companies pay upwards of $170,000 per second to get their product front and center for the big game, and that means we saw the major makes go full-bore with the commercial gloss. Tons of car-related adverts were aired, and we’ve got ‘em all right here.

Some were funny and goofy, others were dramatic and heartfelt, and some were just straight up weird. But hey, that’s how it goes when vying for the attention of consumers soaked in beer and guacamole.

Which advertisements caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

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PostHeaderIcon How Would You Configure Your Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

The original Alfa Romeo Giulia was a boxy little car that was on the market from 1962 to 1978. It took 37 years, and a lot of rumors, but in 2015 Alfa Romeo revived the Giulia name and used it for the first model in its strategic plan to save the Alfa Romeo brand. And the Giulia is a pretty big deal, as it’s not only the revival of an iconic car, but is also the first rear-wheel drive model from the Italian brand since the Milano met its demise back in 1992. As a competitor to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, a standard model just wasn’t enough, so Alfa created the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio to compete with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, among others. Now, Alfa Romeo has brought the Giulia Quadrifoglio to its online configurator so you can make your own custom sedan to drool over until you’re ready to pony up the dough it takes to park one in your driveway.

But, before we get too far into things, don’t expect to see an elaborate amount of options. In fact, there aren’t that many options to choose from at all. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Giulia Quadrifoglio already comes equipped pretty damn well in standard form, but if you’re like me, you want the absolute best you can get out of a new car. And, that’s exactly how I configured my Giulia Quadrifoglio.

I was initially shooting for a price that topped $100,000, but the options just aren’t there. I did, however, manage to get a sticker price of $87,670 after everything’s said and done, so let’s take a look at a good look at the options I chose.


PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo's Lineup Of Models Is Growing Fast

Confidence is a very empowering feeling and apparently, the confidence is running high over at Alfa Romeo over the recent success experienced by the automaker’s two new models, the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Now it appears that the company is turning to a new model that it plans to unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. According to Motoring Australia, that model is tipped to be a coupe version of the Giulia that will specifically be christened as the Giulia Sprint.

Not much is known about the Giulia Sprint at this point, but the physical makeup of car – the fact that it’s going to be a two-door version of the mid-size Giulia – points to it being developed as Alfa Romeo’s answer to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, Mercedes C-Class Coupe, and the Audi A5 Coupe. Likewise, the same report indicates that the Giulia Sprint will spawn its own convertible version with the possibility of that model being named the Giulia Spider.

Likewise, no mention was made on what kind of powertrain the Giulia Sprint is going to get, but considering that it’s going to carry the “Giulia” name, the smart money’s on the coupe version getting the same engine lineup as the sedan. That would include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.2-liter diesel engine, and a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s currently powering the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio. Should that come to fruition, the Giulia Sprint QV will slot in nicely opposite models like the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe, and the Audi RS5.

The introduction of the Giulia Sprint would mark the next step in Alfa Romeo’s ambitious plan to launch eight models based on its Giorgio platform by 2020. The Giulia Sprint would represent the third of those eight models, which in turn would be followed by a rear-drive replacement for the existing Giulietta hatchback, one of the last vestiges of the old era that the company is motivated to leave behind.

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PostHeaderIcon The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

There once was a point when the auto industry could go through an entire cycle of years without Alfa Romeo being mentioned. Part of the Italian automaker’s obscurity can be attributed to the fact that it had no models to stand its legs on. But now, that has changed with the arrival of the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, two models that Alfa Romeo has high hopes for. You might even say that the company’s future could depend on how successful these two models are. In lieu of that, it’s equally important to know that both the Giulia and the Stelvio, despite coming in two different sizes, are more alike than you think.

From the design to the engines, both the Giulia and Stelvio rely on a number of shared qualities that could help propel Alfa Romeo to a more prosperous future or sink the automaker further down into the abyss of irrelevancy. Go ahead and check out what these similarities are.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition

Alfa Romeo has a lot riding on the success of the Stelvio SUV, so it only makes sense that the Italian automaker create as many different variants of the Stelvio as it can. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to carry most of that responsibility, but Alfa’s mixing it up a little bit too with the release of the Stelvio First Edition, a limited run version of the SUV that packs plenty of discerning features for those willing to get a piece of it.

Off the bat, let’s establish the fact that the Stelvio First Edition is based on the standard version of the SUV and not the Quadrifoglio. That’s an important piece of information considering that one of the latter’s most notable features is its Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that spits out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the Stelvio First Edition carries the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 280 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist.

Let’s set that aside now and look at the things that makes the Stelvio First Edition a true special edition variant of the Alfa SUV. For that, the focus should be on the SUV’s exterior and interior where a host of unique items are scattered throughout the two sections. Some features are of the physical nature whereas others are more of the safety and technological persuasions.

Either way, Alfa Romeo makes a good account of itself with the presentation of the Stelvio First Edition. It may not have the roughhouse power of the range-topping QV, but as far as being a special edition model is concerned, it checks off a lot of boxes.

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PostHeaderIcon Is America Getting Another Variant Of The Alfa Romeo Giulia?

There once was a time when Alfa Romeo’s presence in the North American market consisted of nothing more than wayward dreams and nonexistent aspirations. Times sure have changed because the beleaguered Italian marque is making a headstrong push towards relevancy in the U.S., and at the heart of this push is the well-received Giulia sedan.

Right now, the Giulia comes in two forms here in this region. There’s the entry level, 280-horsepower, Ti version and then there’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its menacing 505-horsepower capabilities. But what if neither variant suits you? Is there a mid-tier variant that can bridge the gap between the two models? Well, if documents obtained by Auto Evolution come to fruition, we could very well see a new version of the Giulia hit the U.S., one that will carry a more potent output of 350 horsepower, enough to bridge the 225-horsepower gap between the Ti and the Quadrifoglio. Some might say it’s actually more like a canyon-sized gulf.

The table’s been set for the 350-horsepower Giulia to make a significant impression on the U.S. market, especially if the Ti and Quadrifoglio variants live up to the hype they’ve been generating. It’s also possible that the 350-horsepower will carry the “Veloce” name, which is already being used by Alfa Romeo in the European markets to denote a more luxurious trim level sans any performance upgrades. It’s admittedly confusing to get two market-specific Giulia Veloce variants with different power outputs, but it’s excusable if you’re a company that’s looking to make some serious headway in one of those regions.

Obviously, a U.S.-spec Giulia Veloce isn’t a sure thing until Alfa Romeo says it is. But this report is nevertheless exciting to hear, especially for fans of the Italian brand who have long waited for it to once again become a major player in the U.S. market.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Eyeing Return To Formula 1

After a spectacular comeback to the market with vehicles such as the 4C sports car, Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan, and the Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo could return to high-profile racing after a very long hiatus. According to Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, an Alfa Romeo Formula One project could be used to help up-and-coming Italian drivers join the sport. No Italian has started an F1 race since 2011 and Ferrari hasn’t fielded an Italian pilot since 2009 (but it has hired GP2 rookie Antonio Giovinazzi as its reserve driver for 2017).

“Alfa Romeo in F1 could become a fine breeding ground for young Italian drivers. The best one, Giovinazzi, is already with us, but there are others besides him, and they are struggling to find room. Alfa Romeo, more than our customer teams, could offer them that space,” Marchionne told Italian media, according to Motorsport.com.

There’s no specific deadline as to when Alfa Romeo might join F1, but Marchionne said that the project would have to wait due to the several road cars launched that are underway.

“The problem is that, at the moment, because of the launch of road cars that will come out soon, there already numerous commitments from a financial point of view. With the launch of the Giulia and the Stelvio we have to wait for a bit, but I hope to be able to bring it back,” he added.

I wouldn’t get my hopes up to see the Alfa Romeo badge in Formula One before 2019.

The Italian brand has been an important figure in motorsport since the early days, fielding several cars in pre-WWII Grand Prix events. After joining sports car racing and winning three back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans races in the 1930s, Alfa Romeo joined Formula One in its maiden season in 1950. The Italians dominated the series in 1950 and 1951, but withdrew after that and didn’t return as a construction to this day. However, Alfa Romeo supplied several F1 teams with engines, including McLaren, March, and Brabham. Alfa’s last appearance in F1 as an engine supplier was in 1988 alongside the small Italian team Osella. In 1987, Alfa Romeo made a deal to supply engines to Ligier, but all was cancelled when Fiat took control of the brand.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Driven

It would be a gross understatement to say Alfa Romeo has traveled a rough road on its way to the United States – a place where it hasn’t been since 1995, and even then with sales slower than snail snot. It appears things are turning around for Alfa, though, as its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is pushing the Italian brand headlong into the U.S. Alfa Romeo has already seen success with its niche market 4C coupe and Spider, but FCA is aiming for mass-market appeal. Spearheading the movement is the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio – a twin-turbocharged supercar killer based on the four-door Giulia.

Alfa Romeo is making its grand entrance with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, otherwise called the Giulia QV. Rather than introducing the high-powered variant after the high-volume sedan, Alfa is putting its best foot forward. The Giulia QV is hitting dealerships early in 2017 while the standard Giulia sedan arrives a bit later. Alfa is currently expanding its nationwide dealership network from roughly 86 in 2014 to more than 200 by early 2017. The stand-alone showrooms and service centers will carry both Alfa Romeo and Fiat brands.

The Giulia QV already has a bold reputation. It posted a Nürburgring lap time of 7:32:00, placing it in the same category as cars like the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (7:29:60), the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R (7:32:19), and the outrageous Koenigsegg CCX (7:33:55). The QV also boasts a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. Its extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber give it an astonishingly light curb weight of roughly 3,600 pounds. An active front spoiler lip helps the big six-piston Brembo brakes slow the car from high speeds.

Best of all, the QV is still a five-seater sedan with a trunk. It runs on the conventional premium fuel found at the corner gas station, runs on common Pirelli P Zero tires, and can be had for $73,500. That’s not a bad deal for an Italian sports car with such a pedigree as this.

Undoubtedly Alfa Romeo wants the Giulia Quadrifoglio to do extremely well in the U.S. – so much so they loaned me an example for a week. I treated it like a daily driver when the wife and kid were riding, and like a go-kart when empty. I am pleased to give you my thoughts below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Quick Look: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has plenty lovable qualities – from the 505-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 and the car’s extensive use of carbon fiber to its tossable handling characteristics, and supercar-slaying Nürburgring lap time. But like a relationship with your significant other, it’s the little things that keep the flame lit. For me, one of those is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System display.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the gimmicky, but this is probably the most graphically interesting and engaging readout of a TPMS that I’ve ever seen. It even provides pressure readouts to the tenth of a pound, making it incredibly easy to precisely keep track of each tire pressure. It would also make filling a tire a no-guess operation.

Obviously tire pressures play a huge role in how a vehicle performs. Under-inflated tires generate more heat, are harder to roll, wear improperly, and even have the potential to slide off the rim. Over-inflated tires create a rough ride, will decrease traction, also wear improperly, and increase the risk of a catastrophic tire failure. None of these conditions are wanted when hitting 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, running the Nürburgring in 7:32:00, or trekking down the German Autobahn at 190 mph.

The system isn’t perfect, however. It’s missing a tire temperature reading, like that found on the Corvette C7. The Stingray’s digital cluster displays tire temperatures cold, warm, or hot – advising the driver to the potential traction he can expect. Of course, I can’t expect every sports car to have every technical advancement ever devised, so I happily drove the Quadrifoglio and watched the tire temperatures increase as time and distance grew.

This TPMS display is fun to look at. And in the long run of ownership, this is more important than lap times or top speed numbers. It’s an everyday pleasure rather than some obscure bragging right that 99.99 percent of owners will never experience first hand. Then again, it’s hard to brag about your awesome TPMS display on forum threads or YouTube comments.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Quick Look: Drive Modes

Mood swings in people aren’t fun to deal with, especially when emotions vary to a large degree. Mood swings in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio are quite the opposite, giving the high-performance sports sedan a split personality that would make Dr. Jekyll envious. For the Giulia, the personality quirk is buried in its DNA – or rather Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency settings found on the rotary dial affixed to the center console. Yes, the Alfa has multiple personalities; that much is true. But to call it a personality disorder would be a great misdiagnosis.

See, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio uses this dial to call into action four wildly different driving modes, each with a particular feel and purpose. Each setting changes parameters like the steering and throttle response, transmission shift points, adaptive suspension, and the traction control system.

D, or Dynamic mode puts the car into a high-strung state with a firm suspension, itchy throttle, touchy brakes, heavily weighted steering, and a more boisterous exhaust note. This is preferred setting for spirited, on-road driving.

N, or Natural mode offers a more relaxed driving experience. Driver inputs are not as answered with lightening fast responses, but rather something equiviant to the speed of sound. Make no mistake, Natural mode is still taught, but not as direct as Dynamic. Nevertheless, this is the setting you’ll choose when driving grandma to bingo night.

A, or Advanced Efficiency takes Natural mode and combines it with cylinder deactivation. Yes, Alfa (with plenty of help from Ferrari) included the fuel-saving feature in this 2.9-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers and all-aluminum construction. The result is a smooth, nearly imperceptible transition from V-6 to V-4 modes when not under load. Aside from cylinder deactivation, the V-6 also uses an auto start/stop system to help conserve fuel at red lights. This is active in all DNA modes. The system is defeatable should you not prefer the engine cutting out while waiting on a green light.

But then there’s a fourth mode – Race. This mode activates an overboost function with the engine, enabling an increased torque limit. It also maximizes throttle response, while braking, steering, transmission, and suspension settings carry over from Dynamic mode. The traction control and stability control systems are fully switched off, making the car completely nanny-free.

Race mode is only recommended for on-track use with an experienced driver. Sadly, there is no in-between setting for the nannies – its either all or nothing. The DNA system also has another trick up its sleeve. The center button allows the suspension to enter “soft” mode, even when Dynamic or Race modes are selected.

Just like personality disorders found in people, Dr. Jekyll isn’t the only case of multiple personalities. The same holds true with the Alfa. The Giulia Quadrifoglio isn’t the first car with drive modes, but its particular system is certainly a standout in the compact sport sedan segment, just like the fictitious story of Dr. Jekyll some 130 years after it was penned.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more reviews on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Quick Look: Brakes

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is undoubtedly in a league of its own. This high-performance sedan enjoys an exceptionally light curb weight, a 505-horsepower V-6 with twin turbos, carbon fiber body parts, and a racing heritage that would make any historian proud.

Now as Alfa Romeo makes its long-awaited come-back into the U.S. for the 2017 model year, we got the privilege of spending a week with an early model Giulia Quadrifoglio – even before dealership had access. For those who might not know, the Giulia is Alfa’s compact sedan contender, competing against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Quadrifoglio designation is revered in racing legend as the premium performance model. Think of Quadrifoglio as Alfa’s version of the M division or AMG outfit.

Back story aside, we had plenty to discover with the Giulia Quadrifoglio. One of the biggest stand-outs during our week-long press loan was the brakes. However, not for a particularly good reason. Our tester came fitted with the standard Brembo brakes rather than the optional carbon ceramics. These big Brembos feature 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors. Both are clamped with four-piston aluminum monoblock calipers. Cross-drilled holes help keep the high-performance pads in contact with the rotor, while helping dissipate heat.

When it comes to stopping hard from speed, the Brembos work amazingly. The Quadrifoglio holds straight as an arrow with almost no nosedive. The Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, measuring 245/35ZR19 up front and 285/30ZR19 in back, are extremely sticky and prevent squirming or skidding. The ABS only activates should there be any loose pebbles or dirt on the road surface. The possibility of experiencing fade on public roads is a joke. And with a confirmed lap time around the Nürburgring of 7:32, it’s a sure bet even the Green Hell couldn’t induce the debilitating reduction in braking power. (Though admittedly, Alfa surely used the optional carbon ceramic bakes for the ‘Ring.)

However, there’s a price to pay. The Brembos are rather touchy around town. The brake pedal has a surprisingly short range of motion. A quick check with a measuring tape showed only 1.5 inches through the travel. This leads to a sensitive pedal that is hard to smoothly modulate at low speeds, especially when stuck in traffic. Despite the most careful of tries, the car produces a head-bobbing stop nearly every time. Brake feel and the ability to modulate the pedal is perfectly fine at highway speeds, however.

This is only a chink in the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s impressive armor and could be considered nit-picky by some. Other owners might not be so forgiving.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more upcoming stories on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.


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