How The 1995 Alfa Romeo Castagna Vittoria Resurrected And Old Coachbuilding Name
Many would argue that aesthetics would outlive everything. All cars eventually become old and obsolete in terms of technical specs, except high-achievers, such as the McLaren F1 or Bugatti Chiron SS. The point is, eventually, aesthetics become the main definitive characteristic for most cars, and this is what people will remember. Some cars, however, are just weird, like the Alfa Romeo SZ/RZ we recently covered. then you’ve got cars like the Castagna Vittoria, which is named after the synonymous coachbuilder from Milan, that is just as weird and even more obscure.
In Another Universe, Alfa Romeo Is Owned by Volkswagen
Alfa Romeo, as a brand has been dying for years, and it seems that no matter what happens, things just keep getting worse. The move from bad to worse seems to have started right around the time that the revival of both the 8C and GTV nameplates was cancelled, right around the same time that FCA – before the Stellantis merger, of course – started skinning it to the bone as the 4C Spider landed on the chopping block. By 2020, the Giulietta was discontinued and we were promised a new compact electric SUV in 2020. Now, under new leadership, Alfa Romeo is discontinuing the Giorgio platform, and more recently announced a plan that included delaying models like the Tonale and raising prices – a weird move for a company that can’t sell vehicles to save its life. Things could have been a lot different if FCA sold Alfa to Volkswagen. In fact, the opportunity was there twice in the same decade.
The GTV Could Save Alfa Romeo But Skepticism Is Warranted
At this point, I wouldn’t blame you if you felt bad for the Alfa Romeo brand. It’s been on the verge of death for a while now, but the brand’s new CEO and help from the newly formed Stellantis have raised a little hope. And, despite the cancelled plans to revive the GTV and 8C, we’ve recently learned that the company is still considering a new GTV, and now we know that it won’t be an SUV. In fact, if the GTV really is brought back to life, it’ll take on some pretty heavy hitters from BMW and Tesla, among others. Is there still hope for the Alfa Romeo brand? Let’s look at this new development and find out.
Watch Doug DeMuro Take You On a Tour of the Weird Alfa Romeo RZ
Although the U.S. car market is one of the biggest and most significant ones out there, it doesn’t always get all the cool and bizarre stuff. Luckily, once a car is 25 years old it can be imported into the U.S., and nowadays, American car enthusiasts can enjoy just about any car. Doug DeMuro has shown us a few such cars and this Alfa Romeo RZ is no exception. To say the car has a distinctive styling is an understatement and, naturally, Doug has more than a few things to say about it.
Alfa Romeo might bring back the GTV and Duetto
Despite its glorious motorsport history, Alfa Romeo has kind of been on and off the bench in terms of market presence. In recent years, they’ve actually had a good run. They brought out the Alfa Romeo 4C, which was a great competitor to the likes of Lotus Elise and Porsche 718, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have managed to liven up the car market a bit. Both of these models are said to be nearing the end of their production cycle, but two new models could fill in the void.
Alfa Romeo’s Next SUV Won’t Come To The U.S. Because We Like Them Big
Back in 2018, we learned that Alfa Romeo was going to expand its lineup with a Large SUV, and sure enough, we ended up with the Stelvio. It didn’t take long for the company to follow up with news that there would be a smaller SUV, and our first decent look was the Tonale concept. We’ve been waiting for that smaller SUV to be revealed in production guise, and while that hasn’t happened, there is word that an even smaller model is on the way. The only caveat here is that it’s going to be so small, Alfa Romeo won’t bother to bring it to the United States.
The Plan to Saving Alfa Romeo is, Apparently, Raising Prices and Delaying Models
Following the FCA-PSA merger that created Stellantis, Alfa Romeo has a new design boss, but whether or not the company is going to survive the next five years is still being called into question. Recent news that the Tonale was being delayed by three months doesn’t help but the latest interview between Auto News and Alfa’s new CEO is, well, troubling.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is a special-edition version of the 4C Spider and the final production run of the nameplate for North America. Launched in 2013, the Alfa Romeo 4C arrived on U.S. soil in 2014, marking the brand’s return to North America after almost 20 years. With the coupe model discontinued in 2018, Alfa Romeo confirmed that Spider sales are also coming to a halt in the U.S. for 2021. But the small, lightweight 4C is going into the history books with a bang through the limited-edition 33 Stradale Tributo model.
Alfa Romeo Is Plotting a Larger-Than-Giulia 5 Series Competitor
Big Alfa Romeo Sports sedans don’t really exist today, with the last important model that comes to mind being the 166 that was produced between 1996 and 2007. But, what if Alfa Romeo, now under the leadership of Stellantis, decided it wanted to forget about the SUV segment for a moment and compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, and even the Audi A6 or Maserati Ghibli? Well, believe it or not, an uncited report is claiming this could very well happen, and it could happen sooner than you’d expect.
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Ti
A Giulia Veloce Ti has been around for some time and now there’s a Stelvio Ti coming to dealers. Dubbed Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Ti, this model sits on 21-inch wheels and borrows visual bits and bobs from the Quadrifoglio, while offering E6d-compliant engines. Here’s what you should know about the 2021 Stelvio Veloce Ti.
The Totem Electric GT Is A Guilt-Free Alternative To the Alfa Romeo GTA
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is an all-time classic. Based on the Giulia Berlina of the mid-’60s, this sporty two-door model racked up countless wins for Alfa Romeo on the tracks where the GTA built its giant-killer reputation.
Now, some 55 years later, Totem Automobili is finally ready to reveal to us the Electric GT, a hand-built, modern take on the GTA that packs 518 electric horsepower and 518 and 692 pound-feet of torque. Detractors, however, argue this is nothing more but an exercise in automotive sacrilege. Read on to find out why.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Driven
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been on the market just four short years, and the more aggressive Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a year less under its belt. We’ve already learned that the Stelvio can hold its own against everyday luxury SUVs, but halfway through its lifecycle can it still deliver the performance and comfort expected from something that carries an Alfa Romeo badge? Is the Quadrifoglio still worth the $80,500 entry level price in a luxury crossover market that grows, quite literally, by the day? Well, FCA stopped by TopSpeed headquarters with a Stelvio Quadrifoglio to let us find out for ourselves – this is what our week-long experience taught us.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Isn’t So Pure Next to a 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV
Alfa Romeo introduced the Giulia with very high hopes as redeeming itself as a producer of thrill-inducing, beautiful but also sporty sedans. To some extent, the luscious Giulia had the desired effect, but it still needs some smoothing around the corners if it wants to take on the die-hard Germans.
The same can be said about the Giulia QV, which certainly got the performance and looks right, but still struggles on the reliability front when it comes to mechanical and electrical systems. But how does it fare when driven next to its spiritual predecessor, the GTV?
The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn’t Seem Like It
Trying to pin down the most beautiful road car ever made is an impossible task. There are those that would give an arm and a leg to at least lay eyes on a 250 GTO and others that have altars in their homes dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type or the Lamborghini Miura.
However, among the cars tossed around in this discussion none is probably more exclusive than Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 Stradale. While Ferrari built over 30 250 GTOs in the mid-’60s, fewer than 10 Tipo 33s are believed to exist so to come to the realization that one of them is blue, not red, is akin to realizing that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around.
Here’s The Mythical Blue Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale After a Full Restoration
Alfa Romeo has built many beautiful cars over the years, but none is more impressive than the 33 Stradale. A breathtaking design with curvy and muscular lines, the 33 Stradale is not just beautiful, but it’s also a full-fledged race car that you can drive on public roads.
Alfa Romeo built just 18 from 1967 to 1969, but two were prototypes and six chassis were converted to concept cars. In all, only 10 actual units were built, which makes the 33 Stradale extremely rare. But this limited series also includes a special unicorn that was painted blue instead of red. And it just resurfaced after a full restoration in time for the company’s 110th anniversary.
Alfa Romeo Will Follow the Tonale PHEV with a Compact Electric SUV in 2022
A lot of rejigging is expected to happen in Alfa Romeo’s lineup moving forward. The company is focusing and restructuring its portfolio to get back into the spotlight. The Italian brand has said that it plans to have just four models in the near future. Three of those include the Giulia, the Stelvio, the newly-launched Tonale PHEV, and a product that is yet to be announced. There isn’t a lot known about this mysterious fourth product, but Autocar reports that it will be the smallest SUV in the lineup and also the brand’s first EV.
This Video Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Alfa Romeo’s Busso V-6 Engine
Do a quick search on any Alfa Romeo-dedicated forum and you’ll read a lot of praise aimed at the Busso V-6 engine coming from Alfisti around the world. Words like glorious, ferocious, intimidating, and passionate are common ways of describing the 2.5-liter V-6 coined by Giuseppe Busso.
A Two-Door Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Widebody Would (Almost) Justify the Exorbitant Price
Last week we were taken aback by Alfa Romeo’s decision to price the limited-edition Giulia GTA and GTAm as if they were out-and-out supercars.
This week, we stumbled upon Instagram account @carlifestyle’s 2-door, widebody Alfa Giulia GTAm and in all fairness, it’s this sort of treatment that comes close to demanding such a hefty price tag.
You Could Almost Buy Three Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglios for the Cost of One Giulia GTA
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is the most extreme Giulia the company has ever created, and it will be a somewhat rare offering with only 500 examples built in total, spread between the GTA and GTAm. Alfa has now released pricing for the GTA and GTAm, and let’s just say that you better be willing to put up the house as collateral.
Thankfully, Alfa Romeo Won’t Tarnish the GTA Name By Slapping It On an SUV
Alfa Romeo recently unveiled a higher performance version of the Giulia named the GTA. The iconic nameplate was revived to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary in 2020. The Italian manufacturer has no plans to use the GTA badge on the Stelvio SUV, despite high demand for performance crossovers these days.
Say Goodbye to the Little Guy as Alfa Romeo Discontinues the Giulietta
Just like any other car out there, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta had its flaws. It had strong selling points, too, like its appealing looks and crisp dynamic abilities. Those, however, were not enough to keep sales figures from sinking under the pressure of its very potent compact rivals and that of crossovers, too.
Speaking of crossovers, their rise to power is the reason behind Alfa Romeo’s decision to axe the Giulietta. As a replacement, the Italians won’t launch a new hatchback and will instead put their hopes of a profit in a high-riding vehicle we know as the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
What is the Least Expensive Alfa Romeo?
Now that Alfa Romeo offers the Giulia, it takes the rains from the 4C Spyder as the brands cheapest offering. In base form, you’ll still pay out anywhere between $38,000 and $40,000 after taxes and registration, so it’s not exactly considered a “cheap” offering, either.
What is the Sportiest Alfa Romeo?
At one time, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder would have been the sportiest model in Alfa’s lineup. These days, however, it’s a very tough call. The Giulia should probably take the crown as the sportiest model today, but the Stelvio isn’t far off. Then again, if you like small two-seaters, you’ll probably argue that the 4C Spyder is the sportiest. In the end, they are all pretty sporty.
What is the Most Popular Alfa Romeo?
The sportiest Alfa Romeo model, hands down, is the Giulia Quadrifoglio. It’s powered by a Ferrari-derived, 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that pumps out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Of course, Alda Alfa will tap your wallet for upward of $80,000, so it’s not as popular in sales as it is in desirability.
What is the Most Expensive Alfa Romeo?
You might expect that sporty, new Giulia Quadrifoglio to be the most expensive Alfa Romeo but, the truth is, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio takes the cake with a price of $81,590. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the Giulia Quadrifoglio and more than $40,000 more than the base Stelvio.
Are Alfa Romeo Cars Reliable?
Alfa Romeos haven’t exactly been known for their reliability in the past. However, a lot has changed over the years, and the new Giulia and Stelvio have set a pretty good standard in terms of reliability. Alfa Romeo may not be the most reliable manufacturer on the market, but it isn’t the worst either.