Alfa Romeo, in cooperation with European Design Institute (IED), will be unveiling a new concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Named "Gloria," the new concept is an attempt in combining sports spirit and Italian style in a sedan specially designed for the American and Asian markets.
The concept is 4,700 mm (185.03 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.59 inches) wide, 1,320 mm (51.96) high and has been built on a 2,900 mm (114.17) wheelbase. The most striking elements of the new Gloria concept include its three-dimensional hood and the leather strips on the rearmost part of the hood. The concept has been designed to fit a V6 or V8 bi-turbo engine. The unit that will be displayed in Geneva will be offered with a set of 20-inch wheels designed by OZ Racing.
The new Gloria was designed by 20 students from Italy and other countries, and will be presented in a 1-to-4 scale. Also, for the Geneva Show, the concept will be reproduced on the iPad in a virtual environment, so visitors can choose between five models of rims and five body colors.
There was once a time when Alfa Romeo had a car called the C 52 that was appreciated for its exceptional aerodynamic qualities, earning itself the nickname "Disco Volante," or in English terms, "Flying Saucer."
That was back in 1952 and it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen a car quite like it since then. That is...until now.
In celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary, Alfa Romeo has teamed up with Italian coach builder, Touring Superleggera, to bring us a modern-day interpretation of the legendary C 52. This model, called the 2012 Disco Volante Concept, is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. It carries a unique aerodynamic design and is built with carbon fiber and aluminum panels that should make its predecessor proud. And for those wondering if the Disco Volante Concept is just a novelty piece, not only does it carry a stout Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower, but there’s a good chance that we will see a number of units for this unique supercar out on the streets in the near future.
UPDATE 03/13/2012: Milan-based coachbuilder, Touring Superleggera, has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Disco Volante Concept. Enjoy!
Find out more about the Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept after the jump.
Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
With only a teaser image to go on days before the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, everyone was thrilled to see Alfa Romeo unveil the 4C GTA Concept. According to Alfa Romeo, the 4C GTA is "a compact supercar" which represents the true essence of a sports car and is in line with the brand’s values: performance, Italian style, and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety."
The 4C GTA concept is inspired by models like the 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, but takes their design a step forward. While the two models were focusing on obtaining more power, the 4C GTA Concept’s focus is on weight reduction thanks to the extensive use of carbon.
The concept is powered by a "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP that sprints the car to an impressive 155 mph.
UPDATE 08/30/2011: A few months ago, it was rumored that Alfa Romeo would bring an updated version of the 4C GTA Concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Unfortunately, the first details revealed suggest that the only "update" the concept will receive is a new "Fluid Metal" livery that dynamically enhances the smooth, curvy, and original lines of the car. The company has also confirmed that a production version will follow in in 2013. The car will weight around 1873 lbs and will deliver up to 200 HP and a weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.
UPDATE 09/16/2011: During the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA official debut in Frankfurt, the company officials have confirmed that the production version will follow in 2013 and will most likely be the first model to be sold by Alfa Romeo in the USA. Alfa plans to build 15,000 to 20,000 units of the 4C coupe over five years and another 5,000 to 10,000 roadsters will be built by Abarth. In Europe, prices will start from about about 45,000 euros, around $61,000 at the current exchange rates. (AutomotiveNews)
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept.
The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.
Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.
Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.
Dutch web page, Autojunk, has posted a suspicious little spy video of a new car that is believed to be the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept set to be revealed in just a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show. All we’ve seen on the concept so far is a teaser image provided by Alfa Romeo, but if we can believe what we see in this video, then it looks like the 4C will definitely be borrowing some elements from its bigger brother, the 8C Competizione.
The Alfa Romeo 4C will be offered in both GTA and Spider versions, and recent rumors suggest that the GTA 4C Concept will be built on the same platform as the KTM X-BOW. A four-cylinder TBi 1750 petrol engine tuned to deliver around 265 HP is also said to be fitted underneath the hood. Of course, these are all speculations at the moment, but the truth will be set free when the sheets are peeled away from the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept on March 3rd, 2011.
In the meantime, check out Autojunk’s spy video and let us know if you think it’s real or not!
Even if all eyes are on the new cars being unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo has decided that this would be the perfect moment to offer consumers a preview of the future Giulietta compact hatch. The vehicle is currently set to be officially revealed in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show, but we think Alfa Romeo may have seen a little bit of opportunity emerge. Most expected for the 147’s successor to be called the Milano, however Alfa decided to bring back a name from the fifties: "The Giulietta is a car that, in the fifties, caught the imagination of generations of car enthusiasts, making the dream of owning an Alfa Romeo and enjoying the high level of comfort and technical excellence accessible for the first time."
The Giulietta speaks the same design language as the 8C Competizione super car with its trilobe shape and modern take on the classic inverted triangle classic Alfa grill set front and center in the front bumper and flanked on either side by a pair of oversized air intakes. When it goes on sale in the spring of 2010, the Giulietta will be 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, both belonging to FIAT’s second generation JTDM, turbo diesel engines. The top of the line Giulietta will be the 1750 TBi that develops a maximum output of 235 HP and will come with Alfa’s racy Quadrifoglio Verde trim package.
Updated 04/13/2010: Alfa Romeo today unveiled new images of their latest Giulietta. Check out the gallery and enjoy 40 new high res images!
Press release after the jump.
Alfa Romeo may not be as flashy as, say, Ferrari or Lamborghini, but they despite that, they sure do make some pretty awesome concept cars.
Their latest offering, which, incidentally, they made to celebrate their 100th anniversary is the Stile Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion, photos of which were leaked on the Internet weeks before it breaks cover at the Geneva Motor Show.
As far as our so-called ‘expert’ opinions are concerned, the Pandion is about the most exciting-looking concept car we’ve seen since the remarkably sick BMW Vision EfficientDynamics that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September.
As you know there will be three different Alfa Romeo Concept cars presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The first one is aSpyder designed by Pininfarina. And today we have the first details on the second one. It is a coupe model designed by Carrozzeria Bertone.
The concept was created in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brand and the historic collaboration between the companies.
While there are no details on the concept, the first sketch reveal a front end design characterized by thin LED lights. Bertone characterized the concept as a car with "distinctive stylistic personality, full of technologies."
The design studio Pininfarina has announced that they will unveil a new concept car based on an undetermined Alfa Romeo this March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as part of the relationship between the two exotic Italian brands and will commemorate both Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary as well as Alfa Romeo’s centennial.
The Pininfarina Geneva concept will continue the tradition of successful spiders that have gone from simple sketches to road going automobiles thanks to the two automaker’s collaborations of the past. The only details that Pininfarina cared to elaborate on is that the show car will continue the two passenger open air spider theme. While we would expect to see something along the lines of a rebodied 8C super car, Pininfarina may surprise us by chopping the top off of a turbocharged Multiair MiTo before removing the back seat following the fuel efficient future trend towards premium compacts that is becoming all too apparent in the automobile industry. Either way it is sure to make the Quadrifoglio crowd proud.
What would you like to see Pininfarina bring to Geneva?
Press release after the jump.
According to Inside Line, Alfa Romeo is headed to the Geneva Motor Show in March and it’s going to bring with them three variants of the future-generation 159. It seems fitting that with the brand’s 100th anniversary in the horizon, Alfa Romeo is taking an aggressive approach in showing the auto industry the direction their planning to take this year and in the future. With the three models of the famed 159 line expected to be completely distinct from one another and will be separately created from Alfa Romeo’s three design facilities in Stile Bertone, Pininfarina, and Italdesign Giugaro.
While no official confirmation has been disclosed regarding what type of car the three firms are expected to come out with, IL said that the 159 two-door coupe will most likely come from Bertone, while Pininfarina will be tasked to create the drop-top version and Italdesign Guigiaro will be creating the four-door sedan variant. It’s anyone’s guess exactly what these cars will look like and Alfa Romeo has yet to make a formal announcement on their plans heading to Geneva. Nevertheless, this piece of information is surely going to draw up buzz for the brand as it gears up for its centennial anniversary later on in the year.
Even Alfa Romeo’s everyday sedans are breathtaking. At the Geneva Motor Show Alfa will present a refreshed version of its BMW 3-Series competitor: the 159 mid-sized sedan and wagon.
Both models have an availabe 1.75-liter TBi engine that delivers 200 HP from 4750 to 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1400 rpm. The 159 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 146 mph. There is also an optional 2.0-liter 170 HP JTDM diesel engine
The sedan versions is offered in the TI sporting version, featuring lowered geometry, bigger tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, sideskirts and large aluminum brakes with red calipers. So, a very determined-looking car with a decidedly “ground-hugging” look. Inside, the TI environment is recognizable from the shaped sports seats in perforated leather with the Alfa Romeo logo stitched in red, plus the steering wheel with sports grip and the gear knob covered in leather with red stitching.
Press release after the jump.