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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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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’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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Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Officially Launches With New Livery, Driver Lineup 3
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, F1, featured, Motorsport, racing, Sauber, video on 12 3rd, 2017


Alfa Romeo and Sauber are opening new chapters in their respective histories as they embark upon a new Formula One collaboration starting next season.

That partnership got off to a good start this weekend at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo outside Milan where the team revealed both its new livery and its driver lineup for next season.

The color scheme, as you can see, is primarily white at the nose and sidepods, and red at the upper air intake and engine cover. The prominence of the Alfa Romeo emblems marks not only the first time that the Italian marque will be represented (beyond some small logos on Ferrari’s cars) for the first time in over 30 years, but the welcome arrival of a primary sponsor for the Swiss team that’s been struggling since parting with BMW.

Driving for the newly rechristened team will be Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc. Ericsson has been with Sauber since 2015 (when he joined from the now defunct Caterham outfit) and was believed to be the team’s choice for next season. Leclerc is a Ferrari prodigy fresh from securing the title in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the series formerly known as GP2 with past champs including Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne, and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.

Leclerc is also no stranger to the Sauber team, having test-driven for it six times this past season (and Haas several times the one before that). His role as the team’s primary test driver will be taken next year by Antonio Giovinazzi, another Ferrari prodigy who contested two races for Sauber in 2017 and was a test driver for both Haas and Ferrari.

The question is whether the talent and the financial support will help Sauber find its way back up the pack. From the second- and third-place finishes it achieved a decade ago, the team has fallen to 10th place in the standings these past two season, which for 2017 equals dead last since Manor dropped out.

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There’s An Alfa Romeo 156 GTA V6 In Canada And We Love It 28
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Canada, Classics, video on 10 28th, 2017


Alfa Romeos of the not so distant past may be notoriously unreliable, but throughout the decades, the Italian automaker has produced a plethora of truly epic automobiles.
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The Most Fun Alfa Romeo On The Planet Is This Carbon-Cladded Giulia 1
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Chris Harris, Classics, video on 10 1st, 2017


If there is a car today that embodies the essence of what an Alfa Romeo is or should be, it’s this: the Alfaholics GTA-R 290.
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Sure Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Is Fun To Drive, But What’s It Like On The Boring Stuff? 23
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, video on 09 23rd, 2017


The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the first modern SUV of the brand and one of the most intriguing entries in its segment but does it deliver?
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Alfa Giulietta Ti Driver Reacts Quickly To Avoid Spin During Goodwood Revival Race 17
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Classics, Goodwood, Offbeat News, racing, video on 09 17th, 2017


Getting behind the wheel of a classic car like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti means respecting its racing heritage, so losing control while driving one is a nightmare scenario.
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Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio Faces Off Against Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe 16
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 09 16th, 2017


Having watched a seemingly endless array of Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio reviews, it’s safe to say that Alfa’s return to the sports sedan market has been a success, at least from a driving standpoint.
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Scuderia Ferrari Drivers Give Alfa Romeo Giulia QV A Thrashing 4
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, celebrities, commercials, F1, Ferrari, video on 09 4th, 2017


Put the likes of Sebastian Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel of a RWD 510 PS (503 HP) sports sedan, and tires are going to get abused.
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CR Buys Their Own Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Says It Has Character 19
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Consumer Reports, reviews, video on 08 19th, 2017


The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is, by all means, a well-deserved breath of fresh air in a segment dominated by vehicles such as the Porsche Macan, Mercedes GLC, Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, and others.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Meets The Gorgeous Alfaholics GTA-R 290 5
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Classics, video on 08 5th, 2017


Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio meets up with one of the finest classic Alfas in existence.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglios Storm The Streets Of Monaco 31
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, video on 07 31st, 2017


It was only a matter of time until several Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio were let loose on the streets of Monaco, but it finally happened.
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A Girl’s Take On The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde 27
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, reviews, video on 07 27th, 2017


The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde has been reviewed countless times, so why should we be interested in yet another test drive video?
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