Between 1959 and 1965 Alfa Romeo produced the special edition Giulietta SS which was a 2-door sports coupe model powered by a 91 HP inline-four engine. During its life time the company only produced 2,766 units, but, now that Alfa Romeo has brought back the Giulietta name, it is expected that an SS version (Sprint Speciale) will follow adding to the number of units created for the special edition.
The anticipated SS would be fit to feature a a smooth, 2-door Gran Turismo body designed by Bertone and would be, in fact, a small 8C Competizione .
The Giulietta is offered with a choice of two gas burning engines. The first is the 1.4TB making 120 HP and the 1.4TB MultiAir that cranks out a total of 170 HP. There will also be two alternatively fueled diesel engines, the 1.6 JTDM pumping out 105 HP and the 2.0 JTDM that makes 170 HP. However it is expected that the SS version would develop at least 250 HP and feature a sportier appearance.
TopSpeed has some new renderings of what the next Alfa Romeo Spider will look like and it looks simply amazing. We all know that Alfa Romeos have always looked sensational and have always delivered that brilliant driving experience that can only be felt if you’ve owned one. They aren’t the fastest and they aren’t the most practical, but their unique design and lovable charm is what makes an Alfa, an Alfa.
The car is based on the Pininfarina 2uettotanta concept shown in Geneva and, based on how well it was received by the public, these new renderings might be an accurate representation of what the model will look like when it’s put into production.
Yet, as is the way with these things, health and safety folks are going to require a few changes before the car goes on sale. First off, the lights will need to be bigger and positioned higher. The LED lights that are currently on the car probably won’t be the only light source, so a blend of normal headlights and LEDs seem more logical. The air intakes need to be enlarged to ensure proper cooling for the V6 that will be under the hood.
Alfa Romeo ’s participation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed needs no introduction or explanation. All you need to do is look at the event’s annual ‘Central Feature’, a statue that’s prominently displayed every year in front of the Goodwood house for fans to ogle at.
And because Alfa Romeo is celebrating their centenary – similar to how Audi was given dibs on the statue last year for their own centennial anniversary – Goodwood was nice enough to give them front and center (grass) billing.
Alfa’s statue will be on display for the entire weekend, and if you look at it closely, you’ll notice that it features the “new” Alfa Romeo 8C and one of its most iconic and rarest cars in existence, the P2. The latter car, just so you know, is only one of two cars in existence. This exact piece won the first world championship for grand prix cars in 1925. And yeah, by the way, that car is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of £15-20 million. Yikes.
In addition to the statue, Alfa will also be celebrating their 100th anniversary by having more than 50 of its historic vehicles, most of which can be found at the company’s Museo Storic historical museum, in attendance.
With all these historic vehicles in one place, you can’t say that Alfa Romeo isn’t pulling out all the stops to make their centennial celebration as unforgettable as it can possibly be.
There must be something in the water in Italy, or at least aroundAlfa Romeo . The company has said that they could meet and even surpass their sales target fivefold in the next four years.
“In the past you have heard several times Alfa promising such growth figures, but this time we have the right conditions, the right products and the right synergies to get there,” Alfa CEO Harald J. Wester told the Automotive News Europe Congress here last week.
The target is 500,000 in annual sales for its soul and passion brand in 2014. That is up from 100,000 in 2009.
Wester, who is also the CEO of Maserati , says that Alfa’s new products will help the brand reach that lofty goal. The company will be launching six new vehicles in the next four years, including a five-door version of the MiTo .
Webster also pointed out that the new partnership betweenFiat and Chrysler will help the Italian company like never before. Alfa’s new Giuletta hatchback is based on a new platform that will be in about one million Fiat, Chrysler, and Alfa vehicles every year.
"New Alfa Romeos will be better equipped and offer more rear legroom and comfort features," said Wester.
The Fiat owned brand will be celebrating 100 years with a special event in Milan.
After a very successful history of selling customized Fiat models (22,000 since 2008), Abarth has decided it was time to take its chances with the Alfa Romeo models: "The brand is doing so well that we plan to start producing more performance kits for Fiats, and even some Alfa Romeo models. We won’t be working with the Mito since Alfa already has the Cloverleaf, but there are lots of other possibilities," Antonino Labate,the firm’s sales and marketing boss told Autocar.
This, though, will not happen in the near future. Until then Abarth plans to introduce Esseesse versions for the new Punto Evo Abarth and 500C models. The Esseesse package will include engine upgrades, stiffer suspension, and uprated brakes.
But, wait, there’s more. Abarth will also be introducing the company’s first stand-alone sports car model within the next two years. Also in the next two years, Abarth will be bringing a dual-clutch gearbox for the Punto and Multiair engines for the 500 .
After the Pininfarina , Bertone , and Zagato , Castagna is the fourth tuning house that has announced a special edition Alfa Romeo for the company’s 100th anniversary. In fact, Castagna will unveil two different models for this event with ore details on them being revealed at the Paris Auto Show.
The first Alfa Romeo model signed by Castagna was unveiled in 1910: a 24 HP Torpedo. The cooperation continued from 1910 to 1954, and then again in 1994 with the unveiling of a special one-off basis Alfa Romeo that marks the return of activity in the field of custom-built models.
The first model set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C . It will be called the Targa Coupe and is a modern reinterpretation of the 1913 Minivan Ricotti developed on a special floor with rear-wheel drive.
Full details will be revealed at theParis Motor Show , as we mentioned earlier, but we are sure we will receive some details here and there before then. We’ll let you know as soon as we get further details.
In line with their 100th year anniversary, Alfa Romeo is being given a lavish four-day party this weekend - from June 24 to 27 - courtesy of the city of Milan. Very impressive. We kind of wish that someone will do that for us when we hit three digits, too.
The event for the celebrant will be hosted by a number of groups that will pay tribute to the iconic Italian brand, who for 100 years - and counting, has been one of the most sought-after and widely respected car brands in the world. Among the groups that will be throwing this party for Alfa Romeo include the Milan City Council, the Fiera Milano Expo, the Monza Race Track, and, of course, the Alfa Romeo Museum.
Likewise, an anniversary of this magnitude deserves something that should be talked about for years to come and in this particular case, that ’something’ is a bronze sculpture of one of Alfa Romeo’s most iconic vehicles, the 1900 Disco Volante. The sculpture, which was donated by the Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo or ’RIAR’ and designed by artist Agostino Bonalumi with some much-needed assistance from the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, was built to commemorate the Italian brand’s rich history of being one of the automotive world’s most respected brands. After all, you don’t get to last 100 years without being respected, right?
For its part, Alfa has not only lasted longer than most car brands have ever existed, but the combination of longevity and the continued pursuit of producing top-quality cars will only make this 100th year anniversary all the more gratifying with the thought of another one hundred years - possibly, even longer - becoming all the more attainable.
If Alfa Romeo denied rumors about a future SUV then why has Chrysler decided to build two of them under the Alfa Romeo name? Both models will be built in the US with the first model being based on the Giulietta and launching in 2012. The second one is based on the Jeep Cherokee with a debut set for 2014.
The two SUVs are internally known as CSUV (Project 921, CXover possible model name) and D-SUV led (Project 931, model name DXover possible). Both models will be built on the so-called C/D-matrix platform that will also be used for a few other Alfa Romeo models in the future. With approximately 4.6 meters, the Giulietta version will be about 30 centimeters shorter than the D-SUV.
The smaller version will only be offered with four-cylinder engines, with base version using a 115 HP 1.6-liter engine version and the top model using a 1.8-liter engine with 140 HP. A 200 HP Quadrifoglio Verde will also be offered. The Diesel version will include a 1.6-liter engine with 120 HP and a larger 2.0-liter engine with 140 or 170 HP.
At its launch, the DXover version will be offered with a 2.8-liter V6 with 197 HP and a new 3.0-liter V6 with 225 HP at first. A 273 HP 3.3 liters V6 engine will be available at a later date.
An independent Dutch/Italian design company by the name of 1754 Fuori dell’ ordinario have created a design study to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s 100 years of automaking history. Called the Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento, named after the number of cylinders found in the vehicle, the 6C 3200 Cento was inspired by the beautiful spiders and historic racers from Alfa Romeo.
The 6C 3200 Cento has the aesthetic styling of a spider with classic Alfa Romeo touches. It also resembles the 2uettottanta concept from Pininfarina although the V-shaped grille is more pronounced and extends to a V-shaped bonnet as seen on theAlfa Romeo 159 . The line of the 6C extends smoothly down the car and finishes with a subtle spoiler. The deep sunken headlights also add to the Alfa Romeo style.
The engine for the Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento was chosen by the designers as the 3.2L V6 found in the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA. This engine provides a galloping 250hp at 6200rpm. The fun doesn’t end there as the power transforms into beautiful music as it escapes the exhaust.
So is this design a go or a no? Let us know what you think.
There have been a couple of iffy moments when it came to the future Alfa Romeo SUV : first people said an SUV will be launched , then that idea was dropped and now it’s back again. A few months ago, Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne confirmed that Alfa Romeo would be coming out with five new models . One of those newbies is to be the new Alfa Romeo SUV due to arrive in 2014.
The only 4x4 model Alfa Romeo has ever produced was the Matta unveiled in the 50s and was based on a Jeep Willys platform. The next Alfa SUV will be built on the platform of the future 2013 Jeep that will replace the current Patriot and Compass . This new SUV will rival that of the BMW X3.
The SUV will be approximately 4.5 m long and 1.8 m wide and will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines.