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Want An Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione Homologation Special? 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in alfa-romeo, auction, Classics, Galleries on 01 12th, 2018


If you’re looking for a rad homologation special to add in your collection, then this fender-flared Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione would like to have a word with you.

The Alfa Romeo 75 -or Milano, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are- was the last mass-produced rear-driven model the company made before giving us the Giulia. What you see in the pictures is the rarest version of the 75 family, the Turbo Evoluzione, which was a limited run.

More specifically, this is #468 out of the 500 Turbo Evoluziones ever made, currently offered in auction by Bring A Trailer. The car was imported in the US from Italy back in 2013 and is currently showing 116,000km (around 72k miles) on the odometer.

The most obvious visual changes of the Turbo Evoluzione is, of course, the fiberglass bodykit, which includes new fenders, bumpers and side sills, along with matching red 15-inch alloy wheels and that wonderfully ‘80s black decals.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that, on paper, puts out 155hp, the same as the regular 75 1.8 Turbo. However, the engine is believed to make closer to 170hp as it had unique valve timing, a dual fuel pump and a relocated air filter, not to mention the slightly smaller bore of the engine.

These limited edition Alfas came even with a different chassis code than the regular 75s and many of them were converted to race cars, so to find one in this condition in the U.S. is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Cough, Cough… Older Italian Diesel Hatchbacks Engage In Drag War 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo 147, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Drag-Racing, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Film, video on 01 12th, 2018


The popularity of diesel cars is taking a hit even Europe, but it will be a long time until the good old oil burners are gone from the market.

Believe it or not, throwing together a few old hatchbacks, powered by diesel engines, is a good way of killing time, and the Italian Drag Racing Championship is one of the places to do so.

The latest edition brought together a bunch of modified Fiat Puntos and Alfa Romeo 147s, which engaged in a very fogy racing war.

Various stages of the competition allowed participants to go head-to-head, solving old disputes the proper way, and they also had to race against the clock, often completing the 1/4-mile run in less than 15 seconds.

It appears that the best time was scored by one of the Alfas shown in the video that follows, powered by a 1.9-liter JDT mill that was likely tuned. The old Italian hatchback ran the quarter-mile in 13.185 seconds, reaching a top speed of 174.33km/h (108.32mph), at the expense of killing fresh air.

You can almost smell those fossil fuels being burned, can’t you?

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goes Racing In British Touring Car Championship 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Motorsport, racing on 01 11th, 2018


Remember the Alfa Romeo Giulietta? Don’t blame yourself if you’ve forgotten. It’s been in production for nearly eight years now, and has long since been overshadowed by the newer Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. But it still has some life in it.

Or at least one racing team thinks it does, so it’s taking it to the track to compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

Unveiled this week at the Autosport International show in the UK, the racer stems from a partnership between Duo Motorsport and HMS Racing (previously known as Handy Motorsport), with support not from the manufacturer itself, but from a council of Alfa Romeo dealers.

Exact specifications weren’t revealed, but it’s been built to comply with the championship’s Next Generation Touring Car regulations. That means a 2.0-liter turbo four mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, in this case likely driving the front wheels (like the road-going model on which it’s based).

The ECU is furnished by Cosworth, and the clutch, pedal box, and brakes are supplied by AP Racing. The aero package is tightly governed, and the whole project is designed to be cost-effective – enough for an independent team to undertake it.

That’s how the BTCC has attracted so many different entries: the Giulietta will be dicing it on track with NGTC versions of the Audi S3, BMW 125i, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, MG6, Subaru Levorg, Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen CC. (Last year saw the Mercedes A-Class, Chevy Cruze, and Toyota Avensis too.) That’s some varied field, so the Alfa will have to be mighty quick to make its mark in one of the most competitive racing series in the world.

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Move Over, Porsche Macan; The Alfa Stelvio QV Wants The Sportiest SUV Crown 6
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Film, UK, video on 01 6th, 2018


It’s no secret that Alfa Romeo is marketing the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the sportiest model in the premium compact SUV segment.

Powered by the same powertrain with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the range-topping Stelvio has to prove that it’s not just another really fast SUV, but also one that offers real fun behind the wheel.

Straight-line performance is great, thanks to the 505hp of the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6, with 0-60mph coming in an impressive 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177mph (285km/h).

The chassis also features the same torque-vectoring rear differential used in the Giulia, while the adaptive dampers offer the necessary handling and ride an SUV with such high aspirations must have.

Autocar reviews the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio on a twisty mountain pass in the UAE and deliver their verdict in the following video.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Reviewed: A True Alfa Or Just Another SUV? 2
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Film, reviews, video on 01 2nd, 2018


Customers have been abandoning traditional choices, such as mid-size sedans, and flocking to SUVs of all sizes for quite some time now, and automakers are more than happy to accommodate them.

Most of them, anyway, as Alfa Romeo was remarkable by its absence in that segment, despite having displayed an SUV concept, the Kamal, as early as 2003 at the Geneva Auto Show.

Well, the powers that be at FCA probably got their priorities wrong, which explains why Lancia was, practically, killed off, Fiat ending up relying mostly on the 500 and its offsprings and Alfa… Well, Alfa didn’t even have a full range to begin with, as the MiTo and Giulietta simply weren’t enough, and the much lauded 4C was a low-volume sports car that wouldn’t yield significant profits.

After a considerable amount of time, due to CEO Sergio Marchionne changing his mind quite often, it finally rolled out the Giulia, its first rear-wheel drive saloon since the 75. The thing is, the gestation period was simply too long, and by the time it hit the market SUVs were all the rage.

At long last, Alfa did reveal its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, which shared many components with the Giulia, to the point that one could say that, essentially, it is a Giulia on stilts. Given the praise that the latter has received, though, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The 505HP Quadrifoglio was released first and, naturally, received plenty of praise in reviews. Carfection, though, got hold of a Stelvio powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that puts out 280PS and, let’s face it, will account for a large number of the sales, as the QV is acting as a halo car for the rest of the range.

Now, the question both the reviewer and ourselves are asking is whether the Stelvio remains true to Alfa’s sporty DNA or if it’s just another SUV devoid of any true Italian flair. After driving it in the Alps, they delivered their verdict, which you can watch in the following video.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Recalled Over Contaminated Brake Fluid 2
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 2nd, 2018


When you drive any new vehicle, you count on the brakes to be working properly at all times. But this is not the case with certain Alfa Romeos, as the company has just issued a recall concerning this issue.

The Italian automaker reports that it filled the braking systems on a few hundred new Giulias and Stelvios with contaminated brake fluid, which could damage the brakes and keep them from performing as they should.

The problem appears to be limited to 2018 models manufactured between the 14th and 23rd of November, 2017, of which only 307 examples are estimated to be found in the United States, though it’s possible that there are more in other countries around the world.

Those sedans and crossovers will need to be brought in to their local dealers to have the braking systems inspected and, where necessary, replaced entirely. The process is set to kick off on February 8, so drivers of the affected vehicles had better test their brakes to make sure they’re working in the meantime or refrain from using them altogether.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Recalled Over Contaminated Brake Fluid 2
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 2nd, 2018


When you drive any new vehicle, you count on the brakes to be working properly at all times. But this is not the case with certain Alfa Romeos, as the company has just issued a recall concerning this issue.

The Italian automaker reports that it filled the braking systems on a few hundred new Giulias and Stelvios with contaminated brake fluid, which could damage the brakes and keep them from performing as they should.

The problem appears to be limited to 2018 models manufactured between the 14th and 23rd of November, 2017, of which only 307 examples are estimated to be found in the United States, though it’s possible that there are more in other countries around the world.

Those sedans and crossovers will need to be brought in to their local dealers to have the braking systems inspected and, where necessary, replaced entirely. The process is set to kick off on February 8, so drivers of the affected vehicles had better test their brakes to make sure they’re working in the meantime or refrain from using them altogether.

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Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Is Still Gorgeous A Decade Later 1
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa 8C, alfa-romeo, auction on 01 1st, 2018


Alfa Romeo is back making compelling products again, and glad we are for it – especially now that they’re being sold again in the United States. But with apologies to the Giulia and Stelvio, this (to our eyes) remains the most beautiful modern Alfa made.

It’s an 8C Competizione – one of just 500 such coupes made, and it’s coming up for auction.

Based on a hodgepodge of Maserati and Ferrari components and coated in curvaceous carbon-fiber bodywork, the 8C was (to many) the first and last proper Alfa sports car, carrying with it decades of the marque’s heritage and leaving a long shadow behind it.

It packed a 4.7-liter V8 up front, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox (which probably should, in retrospect, have been left as a manual). It may not have been the top performer of its day, much less by today’s standards, but it was gorgeous. Drop-dead gorgeous. Just look at these images (by Lukas Laurikietis for RM Sotheby’s).

Alfa Romeo only made 500 coupes and another 500 Spider roadsters between 2007 and 2010, its mantle assumed only in part by the nimble but lower-end 4C that followed. That’s left them as hot commodities, and are only bound to appreciate even further with age.

This example was delivered new in classic red over black in the spring of 2009 to its owner in Germany, who has since put less than 5,000 miles on it. No wonder RM Sotheby’s expects it to sell for €200-250,000 (~$240-300k), or about the price of a new Ferrari 488 GTB, at its Retromobile sale in Paris come February.

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Alfa Romeo’s Working On New Giulietta And 4C 31
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo 4C, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Reports on 12 31st, 2017


With the Giulia and Stelvio, Alfa Romeo has properly revitalized its product portfolio. And it’s said to have a new, larger crossover in the pipeline too. But what will come after that?

According to the latest reports, the Italian automaker is looking at two new vehicles: one to succeed the Giulietta, and the other, the 4C.

“In order to complete the Alfa range of products,” Alfa’s chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli told Auto Express, “we need another couple of pillars – something in the C-Segment and then obviously a sporty product, a very sporty product.”

The Giulietta could use a shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s platform, which would ostensibly mean it’d be rear-wheel drive – rare territory for C-segment hatchbacks, following similar formula to the BMW 1 Series hatch. But Alfa (and FCA) would need to ascertain whether a re-entry into that segment would be worthwhile.

The company has been moving away from unprofitable small cars, having in recent years discontinued the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, and Lancia Delta. “it’s very difficult to make a profit,” Fedeli said about the segment.

As for the 4C, an update is in the works – but the company is looking beyond that to the long-term future of the model. “We make some small modifications but then we have to decide if we want to install different engine, or switch the architecture. As you can imagine we have some options, we are working on more than one option.” However it turns out, Fedeli says it won’t have a manual transmission – which is sad news for purists.

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Alfa Romeo Going After The BMW X5, Mercedes GLE With Large 7-Seater SUV 28
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in alfa-romeo, Hybrids, Reports, SUV on 12 28th, 2017


The introduction of the Stelvio has apparently opened Alfa Romeo’s appetite for yet another SUV, which will sit at the top of the range.

Rumored to be unveiled around 2020 – though, as with any FCA related future product, better take that date with a grain of salt, the brand’s flagship SUV is said to challenge the likes of the Volvo XC90, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and Audi Q7. It will likely be offered with a 7-seat layout in order to make it more competitive, says AutoExpress, quoting unnamed insiders with knowledge on the matter.

The Italians are looking to keep things simple, so the as-of-yet-unnamed SUV will use the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, albeit with a longer wheelbase and a larger body, which will  make it some 200kg (441lbs) heavier than its smaller sibling. The weight penalty includes the addition of a 48-volt mild hybrid system, coupled to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

“I’m quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo. I think next time we can also use it in production”, said the brand’s Chief Technical Officer Roberto Fedeli. “With a 2.0-liter turbo engine, you can achieve around 350 to 400hp. We are driving on a simulator a car like that, we are working on it, and the result is not so bad.”

Subsequently to the introduction of the large SUV, the FCA-owned brand is also planning the launch of a new compact hatchback, which will serve as a replacement for the aging Giulietta.

Further down the road, a possible successor of the 4C is also being weighed in by execs, and let’s not forget that their road map includes an executive saloon to take on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series, alongside another SUV, likely smaller than the Stelvio.

Alfa Romeo also has two “specialty” cars as well, which could debut before the turn of the decade, although nothing is known about them so far.

Note: Alfa Romeo Stelvio pictured

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Alfa Romeo 4C Looks Killer (However Unlikely) In Dakar Rally Spec 19
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Dakar, Renderings on 12 19th, 2017


To make a Dakar rally machine, you want to start with something robust, with good ground clearance and off-road chops you can build upon. Something… rather unlike an Alfa Romeo 4C, in short, but that’s the fantasy we’re looking at here.

Rendered by Seattle-based artist Mo Aoun, the improbable prospect before us turns Alfa’s lightweight track toy into a dune-jumping, desert-crossing rally raider.

On second thought, though, the idea may not be that crazy. Most of the top-tier machinery contesting the Dakar these days are custom fabricated with lightweight bodywork, often with their engines in the back, and (in the case of the current reigning Peugeot) just two driven wheels.

With Peugeot planning to withdraw after the next running, the Dakar’s going to need a new front-runner. Alfa Romeo isn’t likely to pick up that particular mantle – especially now that it’s (sort of) returning to F1. But it’d sure be awesome if it did.

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Updated Alfa Romeo 4C Reportedly Coming Next Year 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed to spearhead the company’s resurgence but the model hasn’t been a huge sales success as Carsalesbase data shows the automaker sold a combined 1,671 units in Europe and the United States last year.

Help is on the way as Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli told Autocar the company is working on an updated 4C which will feature a revised suspension and an improved steering system.

The updated model could also come with a new engine which would replace the turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder that produces 237 hp (176 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It allows the current model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).

Fedeli wasn’t ready to talk specifics but he said “We are coming back to Formula 1 and we need the 4C to be our halo car.” Fedeli also confirmed the updated 4C will not be offered with a manual transmission as he doesn’t think there’s enough demand to justify it.

While the lack of a manual transmission won’t please the purists, Fedeli said Ferrari spent approximately €10 ($11.7) million to offer a manual transmission in the California. In the end, just two cars were equipped with the gearbox.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



Alfa Romeo’s American Stelvio Ad May Leave You Scratching Your Head 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, commercials, video on 12 7th, 2017


To car enthusiasts like ourselves, the name Alfa Romeo is synonymous with some of the most addictive and stylish production cars ever built – it’s also negatively correlated to reliability, but that’s another story.

However, to your average car consumer in the United States, the Italian marque is a relative unknown.

Alfa first tried to crack back into the modern-day U.S. market with the 4C but that didn’t go very well. Since then, it has launched both the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV in the country and is finally making inroads in a becoming a household name.

In a bid to promote the Stelvio and raise awareness for the carmaker, Alfa Romeo has dropped a new 30-second commercial for the SUV made for American consumers.

The American narrator for the commercial raps a rather catchy poem about the bland SUVs that fill the U.S. market and how the Stelvio is distinguished from them. As a way to appeal to millennials and spread awareness of the brand, we think it does quite a good job.

However, we’re not so sure that prospective buyers of the Stelvio will be convinced into purchasing the SUV with this commercial. It is a bit too brash and a bit too loud, especially for a company like Alfa Romeo that’s meant to exude Italian sports car heritage.

What do you think of the advertisement?

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Fingers Crossed The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Car Looks This Nice 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in alfa-romeo, F1, Motorsport, racing, Renderings, Sauber on 12 6th, 2017


Alfa Romeo recently confirmed its return to Formula One with the Sauber squad and unveiled a concept livery for its 2018 race car.

However, as that livery was simply a concept, it is subject to change before the new season kicks off. If it ends up looking like this livery, rendered by Behance artist Sean Bull Design, we’ll be very happy.

The designer has opted against taking inspiration from the concept livery and instead started afresh, painting the majority of the vehicle’s exterior gloss black. On the front there are the usual array of sponsor logos and some red accents. Moving along the car and you’ll find a design made up of orange and pink triangles running along the center of the race car.

Elsewhere, there is an orange and pink Alfa Romeo logo on either side and the rear wing. The controversial halo has also been painted black and much to our surprise, doesn’t look all that bad.

When the Alfa Romeo Sauber team hits the track next year, it will do so with Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

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