Alfa Romeo Refuses to Change its Style Through Electrification
The EV-olution makes cars look different from what they used to, with the chunky intake grille at the front and sporty exhaust tips at the rear slowly becoming a thing of the past. A perfect example would be the new EQ series from Mercedes-Benz. They have an entirely distinct look compared to current ICE-powered cars. In an interview with TopGear, Alfa Romeo’s design chief confirmed that the Italian automaker would keep its basic design principles for its future EVs. He thinks “looking electric for the sake of it doesn’t make any sense.”
The Alfa Romeo 8C Might Come Back to Life After All
Many of you may remember when, in 2018, Alfa Romeo teased images of an 8C successor in the form of a mid-engined hybrid supercar along with a teaser shot of a hybrid GTV coupe. Neither vehicle came to fruition due to the brand’s lack of traction with their volume Giulia and Stelvio models which resulted in FCA at the time to ax the halo sports car models. Though with new leadership and a bright vision for the brand’s future, Alfa Romeo’s stillborn 8C hybrid just may see the light of day as soon as next year.
Every Model in Alfa Romeo’s Lineup (All 5) Shamelessly Ranked
Alfa Romeo Automobilia S.p.A is one the most prestigious Italian auto marque that dates back to 1910 and over this 112-year journey, they have been responsible for some of the most prolific race cars in motoring history and have been instrumental in the inception of modern-day motor racing. Alfa Romeo currently belongs to the Stellantis group which also includes other heritage Italian brands like Ferrari and Maserati. The current lineup of Alfa Romeo cars is pretty awesome in its own way, but having just five cars won’t cut it in today’s competitive market. Anywho, here are the five models in Alfa Romeo’s portfolio for 2022.
The Successes And Failures Of The Alfa Romeo 8C
For all its glorious racing history and stylish models, Alfa Romeo, currently, lacks a flagship sports car. Granted, the Italian carmaker is in the middle of a vital transition towards electrification, which should ensure the brand’s survival under the banner of Stellantis. While the current Alfa Romeo Giulia, in all its variants, was a breath of fresh air for the brand, the V-8-powered Alfa Romeo 8C that came a decade before it, was a true flagship sports car for the Italian brand. Unfortunately, the 8C wasn’t all it could be. Here’s what Alfa did right and what it did wrong with the 8C.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Ti Is The Perfect Sports Sedan
In 2015, Alfa Romeo got its second wind. The Italian brand gave us the Giulia - its first, rear-wheel-drive, sporty sedan in 30 years – which allowed it to reappear on enthusiast’s radar. A year later, Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio – a sporty SUV, underpinned by the same platform. It quickly became apparent that the rear-wheel-drive, Giorgio platform was more than capable to take on the German offerings, especially when underpinning the Giulia sedan. Here are a few reasons why the Alfa Romeo GiuliaSport Ti may be all you need from a performance sedan.
Why Alfa Romeo Is In Desperate Need Of A Sports Car And What It Should Be
Alfa Romeo is not doing great and changes are required. While the Italian brand with a (mostly) great past has made a decent return in 2017, with the Giulia range, sales continue plummeting. In 2018, the carmaker scored its most recent peak, with 83,438 cars sold. Fast forward to 2021 and that number has dropped to a mere 25,964. While Alfa Romeo’s salvation may hide in its transition to a more sensible brand, a sports car should still be in its lineup, especially given the brand’s racing past. The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C was discontinued in 2020 and the Giulia Quadrofoglio is, essentially, a high-performance version of a sporty sedan. But what should the next sports car from Alfa Romeo be?
ErreErre Fuoriserie covers Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolglio With Retro-Modern Modifications
A firm in Italy called ErreErre Fuoriserie has gotten its hands on a classic Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolglio to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original Giulia. Only this is not some old man’s classic car build with tacky wheels and bigger carburetors. It is based on the current Giulia Quadrifolglio.
This Alfa Romeo Giulia Has Been Retro-Modded to Perfection
Over the last twenty years, many carmakers have given us their own take on the retro-futuristic design. In some cases, it took the skills of a coachbuilding company to achieve them, a case in point being the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, which is technically a re-bodied Alfa Romeo 8C. It’s very difficult to touch the aesthetics of a car that’s already as beautiful as most Alfa Rome models, but apparently, someone devised a body kit that turns the current Giulia into the original model from 1962. If the idea was to recreate the original Giulia aesthetics, then the body kit does a surprisingly good job of that.
Alfa Romeo Giulia To Return For Its Second Generation As An EV With a 500-mile Range
Alfa Romeo has been on a roll over the last few years, churning out exciting models like the Giulia, Stelvio, and the already-discontinued, 4C, mid-engine sports car. However, it is the Giulia that is one of the more significant models as it is the first rear-wheel-drive sedan from the brand in 30 years. The Giulia, which shares a platform with the Stelvio, recently got an update for the 2022 model year, but we already know what the fate of the sporty sedan will be for its next generation, and it will involve a fully-electric powertrain.
Alfa Romeo Is Shedding Its Enthusiast Image for the Sake of Money
In the past few years Alfa Romeo’s global sales have continued going down. From 83,438 units sold in 2018 it went down to 35,718 units in 2020 and to 25,964 units in 2021. Even on the U.S. market, things do not look too bright for the Italian maker. It tried a first return back in 2008 when it sold 100 8C Competizione supercar units, and then again in 2014 with the two-seat 4C sports car, but that also was not a success. In 2017, Alfa Romeo invested big and made a proper return with the launch of the Giulia range. But sales are not very encouraging as the company barely manages to sell 1,000 units per month in the U.S.
Can This Low-Mileage 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Reinvigorate Your Soul?
The 4C, Alfa Romeo’s compact two-seater coupe, is fairly rare and has been out of production since 2020. This made-in-Italy coupe made its first appearance at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and later made its production debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Initially, the 4C was offered as a coupe, but in 2015, Alfa Romeo introduced the Spider version, which we have for auction at Bring a Trailer. The 4C was Alfa’s last attempt at a full-fledged two-seater coupe, and it is powered by a 1.7-liter four-pot with a mere 237 horsepower. But before you jump off your couch and go bidding on it for yourself, there are a few things to note if you are buying it for daily driving purposes.
Pogea Racing Gives the Alfa Romeo 4C A Second Chance At Life
I must admit when Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C back in 2013 I was really impressed by how beautiful the car looked. At a first look, it had everything a compact sports car needed: the looks, the carbon fiber chassis, the efficient engine, and the dynamics. On paper, it all looked great. But, after that I got in contact with the car: there was no manual, the car sat very low ,and it was very difficult to get in and out of. And, that’s not to mention the fact that it failed to meet NHTSA safety requirements. Suddenly, the 4C wasn’t as impressive.
Pogea Racing wanted to give the 4C another chance and announced a new “Michelin 4C” package. The model is presented as a racer, but it is pretty much a 4C with a very cool aerodynamic package and some updates under the hood.
The Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto Has Made a Hybridized Comeback - Kind of
Garage Italia is a Milan-based company placed at the crossroads of the fashion, design, and automotive industries. You might remember them because of some cool previous designs like the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider or the old Fiat 500 Jolly. The company’s latest creation is once again based on an older Alfa Romeo model, and it made its debut at the Milan Fashion Week.
If you don’t know the Alfa Romeo Duetto for what it is - a very cool Italian convertible - you most likely know it for being the star in the movie "The Graduate." Garage Italia’s model borrows the aesthetics and the mechanics from a 1992 Duetto – the last generation - but also inlcudes a mild hybrid system.
10 Road-Legal Cars Powered By F1 Engines
The term “race car for the road” has been abused quite thoroughly by marketers wanting to make certain cars more appealing to car enthusiasts. With that said, few things scream “race car for the road” as loud as a Formula One engine, and these 10 cars are motivated by engines based on, or developed for Formula One racing.
Alfa Romeo Aims to Lose the Elitist Status That’s Plagued it for Years
Times are changing at Alfa Romeo. It is adopting EV tech and starting to ditch their classic sedans for compact SUVs, although nearly every other manufacturer is doing the same nowadays. The most significant change in the company is coming straight from the man in charge, Jean-Philippe Imperato, who said, "My quality benchmark is Lexus," in an interview with Automotive news.
Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider Could Return As A Tesla-Fighting Electric Roadster
Launched in 1966 and produced for 28 years, the Alfa Romeo Spider was one of the company’s best sold models. It was designed by Pininfarina and was the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo before the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione arrived in 2007. The model was supposed to make a comeback in 2015, but instead, FCA (at that time) decided to use the Mazda MX-5 platform to design the Fiat 124 Spider. Now a bad decision if you ask us since the 124 Spider ended up being a total fiasco.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta May Return As a Mid-Size Sedan, Sometime Between 2022 And 2026
The long-needed “good marriage” of Alfa Romeo is finally a fact. While the brand was in a rather rough spot, despite churning out a series of great models – the 4C, Giulia, and Stelvio – being under the banner of Stellantis is certainly opening new possibilities. By new possibilities, we mean new models, and, according to a 2021 article from Alfisticrew.com, Alfa Romeo may be working on another rear-wheel-drive, sports luxury sedan, and it may happen sometime between 2022 and 2026.
Alfa Romeo Plans an Electrified Future for the Giulia Because it’s Not All About SUVs
After years of being in bad shape, Alfa Romeo is finally starting to turn things around for itself, and it’s all thanks to the Stelvio and Tonale SUVs. Outside of these, Alfa Romeo is planning a smaller SUV, which is believed to be called the Brennero, and more recently we learned that the company was gearing up to take on the BMW X5 and X6. Obviously, Alfa Romeo is trying to take every little piece of the overly profitable SUV segment that it can, but this isn’t where the company will always focus all of its efforts, but it’s not just about SUVs.
2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio "Estrema" Editions
Alfa Romeo is not left with a lot of models in its lineup. In the States there are only two models on sale at the moment: Giulia and the Stelvio, and the Tonale to be added in the near future. But, even with just two models the difference in between the base Giulia, or Stelvio and their Quadrifoglio versions is huge: there is a price discrepancy of almost $40K!
Now, the company wants to solve that problem, and it announced a new special edition "Estrema" for both the Giulia and the Stelvio. They will be based on the Veloce trim and placed at the top of the lineup, but, of course, below the Quadrifoglio.
Alfa Romeo Sets it Sights on the Heart of BMW
Alfa Romeo has been in a weird place lately. After canceling plans to revive the 8c and GTV, the company killed off the 4C spider and delayed the Tonale. The Tonale has since made its debut as the company’s first plug-in hybrid, but a new compact SUV was supposed to happen this year, and it has naturally been pushed further into the future. There are even rumors that a larger-than Giulia competitor for the 5 Series was in development, but that has also gone nowhere. Now, the same man that swore the key to saving Alfa was to raise price and delay models, has set the company’s sights on the BMW X5, X6, and – believe it or not – the BMW 7 Series.
2022 Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Speciale
The new "Edizione Speciale" is nothing more than just a Tonale Launch Edition with a different name. According to the company, the Tonale Edizione Speciale will be "packed with tech specs and connectivity" and will be offered in two trim levels and with two packs.
While prices were not revealed just yet, Alfa Romeo announced that the new edition will be offered at the same price in the main European markets.
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.
20 Affordable Classic Cars You Don’t Want to Pass Up
Now when people mention classic cars, most people automatically assume that it is an expensive hobby. While that may be true up to some degree, especially with regards to collector cars, i.e cars that were produced in extremely small numbers or Concours-worthy cars, pretty much anybody can get into the hobby of classic cars if you know where to look.
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.