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Alfa Romeo is on the Verge of Death as Big Models Have Been Nixed

Alfa Romeo is on the Verge of Death as Big Models Have Been Nixed

Wil Alfa Romeo Be Discontinued in the U.S once again?

Alfa Romeo announced back in June of 2018 that it would revive the 8C and GTV with its product roadmap through 2022, but since then, things have certainly changed, Alfa’s sales have been rather sad at best, and those two models have been canceled altogether. The compact Tonale Crossover is still on the docket as is the larger electric SUV – big surprise there – but there’s more to this. A new, updated roadmap for the company for 2019-2022 has been released, and it’s not looking good at all. Where the company originally planned 7 models and refreshes, there are now just four – two of which are the mid-cycle refreshes for the Stelvio and Giulia, the only two models keeping the company alive at the moment.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Flexes its Way to More Lap Records

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Flexes its Way to More Lap Records

Italian SUV apparently isn’t done setting lap records on race tracks all over the world

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is no stranger to breaking lap records, smashing the production SUV record at the Nurburgring back in 2017. Another SUV — the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC — has since usurped that crown from the Stelvio, but the Alfa SUV isn’t done adding lap records to its name. The go-faster version of the Alfa SUV recently set lap records at Silverstone, Donington Park, and the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch, further separating itself as one of the fastest and most powerful models in its segment. It has stiff competition, sure, but don’t let that take the shine away from the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and what it has accomplished since it burst onto the scene back in 2016.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Driven

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Driven

If you are a true car enthusiast, you need to own an Alfa Romeo at least once in your lifetime. Driving the Stelvio Quadrifoglio really proves that the Alfa Romeo experience is still there. But, most importantly, the Stelvio feels special, and that really sets it apart from everything else. We spent a few days with the Stelvio and could not get enough, and that was just driving around town. If there was a race track around, we probably would not stop until there was no fuel or tires left. The Stelvio, at least in the Quadrifloglio configuration, is just a beautifully crafted machine that begs to be driven.

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2020 Alfa Romeo GTV

2020 Alfa Romeo GTV

The Italians join the premium coupe market

Rumors about Alfa Romeo planning to make a two-door coupe version of the Giulia surfaced the web as soon as the sporty sedan hit the market. It took the Italian firm about two years to confirm that a coupe is indeed underway, but not everything is as we expected. To be more specific, Alfa Romeo will use a coupe to revive the GTV nameplate.

Not only that, but it will be offered as a Quadrifoglio that will be more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. To top things off, it will have a mild hybrid drivetrain and an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The coupe will most likely arrive in 2020 when the Giulia sedan should have already received its mid-cycle facelift. Let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Nero Edizione Package

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Nero Edizione Package

Care for some black trim on your Alfas?

The Giulia and Stelvio represent two of Alfa Romeo’s most prominent models. The automaker also happens to sell both models here in the U.S. That made it easy for Alfa Romeo to bring a pair of special edition models to the 2018 New York Auto Show, dressing up its sedan and SUV in black trim, slapping “Nero Edizione” badges on both of them, and then offering them as special edition models. And so, here they are, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Nero Edizione and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Nero Edizione.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Get Edgy With Nero Edizione Package

Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Get Edgy With Nero Edizione Package

Adding tons of black trim for a custom look

We’ve seen plenty of automakers offer up fresh new special editions through the application of various dark-colored aesthetic touches, and now Alfa Romeo is getting in on the action with a new Nero Edizione Package for its Giulia sports sedan and Stelvio SUV. Upgrades include a slew of new bits and pieces for the exterior, giving the models a bespoke appearance to entice would-be customers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Nero Edizione Package.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Is it a sports car or an SUV? Well, it’s both and now it’s your wallpaper too ;)

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The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio Will Set You Back $81,590 with Destination Fees

The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio Will Set You Back $81,590 with Destination Fees

It’s not cheap, but it’s competitive compared to industry prices

The wait for the official price of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is over. The Italian automaker has announced pricing details for the performance SUV, and it’s not cheap. If you want one, you’re going to have to pay at least $79,995 to go home with what Alfa describes as the “world’s fastest SUV.” Throw in the destination fee of $1,595 and the total cost shoots up to $81,590. And, if you’re looking for options, well, at that point, your mileage and the subsequent price of the SUV will vary.

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Did Alfa Romeo Manipulate The Stelvio Quadrifoglio's Nurburging Lap Time Video?

Did Alfa Romeo Manipulate The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Nurburging Lap Time Video?

Evidence points to some post-production shenanigans

A few days ago, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadifoglio send the automotive world into a frenzy when it posted a lap time of 7:51.7 seconds at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring. Not only was this lap time incredible, but it also broke the 7:59.74 production SUV lap record at the ‘Ring, which was held by the previous-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and has stood for the past four years. Everybody, ourselves included, proclaimed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the new SUV king of the Ring. Or is it?

Well, the Alfa Romeo SUV’s record lap time is now being thrown into question after several people have flagged the video of the Stelvio QV’s ‘Ring lap time as being heavily edited. Bridge to Gantry was the first to question the legitimacy of the video, pointing to a number of edited instances contained in the video, including instances where the Stelvio QF shows up at the same location multiple times throughout the video. The website even compares the Stelvio’s video with that of other Nurburgring lap videos, specifically those from the Honda Civic Type R and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. One comparison between the Alfa SUV and the Porsche sports car shows the Stelvio pushing faster than the 911 GT2 RS in a particular section of the track. That wouldn’t have meant anything in normal circumstances, but it is curious in this case because the 911 clocked in a lap time of 6:47.3, almost 1 minute faster than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo has yet to comment on the controversy, though don’t expect to hear anything from the automaker unless it fesses up and doctored the SUV’s ‘Ring lap time.

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

It’s not the fastest production car around the track, but it is now the fastest SUV

Much of the attention and praise has been heaped down on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS for destroying the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. For those who still don’t know, the 911 GT2 RS clocked in a scintillating lap time of 6:47.3, destroying the previous lap time record of 6:52.01 set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The Porsche certainly deserves a lot of credit for being almost five seconds faster than the Huracan Performante, but it wasn’t the only car that set a Nurburgring lap time record. In the SUV segment, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also shot itself to the top of the record books with a lap time of 7:51.7, becoming the fastest ever production SUV to navigate the 12-mile Nordschleife section of the ‘Ring.

While it may not be as impressive as the 911 GT2 RS’ lap time, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was just as dominant in its run, posting a time that’s eight seconds faster than the previous record-holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which posted a fastest lap of 7:59.74 back in January 2013. To put the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time in perspective, the SUV posted a faster lap time than a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a 2014 BMW M4, both of which clocked in similar lap times of 7:52. As impressive as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time is, the real big winner here is Alfa Romeo, which now has two Nurburgring world records under its belt. Alfa boss Reid Bigland said as much when he said: “We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

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1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

A prime example of a very successful race car

While there may have been 188 units of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 built for road use, it was initially designed as a race car. The “2300” in the car’s name was a reference to the 2.3-liter straight-eight engine that was hidden under its long hood. The 8C was built in several different series’ in its first few years of production, with some (the 188 road cars) serving as luxury vehicles and the rest serving as dedicated race cars. By now, you’ve probably noticed that the model here also sports the “Monza” name. This name was given to the shortened, two-seater GP cars after an early model emerged victorious during the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Throughout the car’s production, it was rather successful on the track, including four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the consecutive wins at Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, and back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Spa. On top of that, the car also led to the development and introduction of the Monoposto Tipo B, which, as you may or may not know, dominated Grand Prix racing with 46 wins between 1932 and 1935.

The model you see here has had several owners, but was raced quite a bit between 1934 and 1948, securing 7th in Class at the Klausen Hillclimb in 1934, 3rd Overall at the Circuito di San Remo in 1947, 2nd Overall and 1st in Class at the Sassi-Superga Hillclimb in 194, and 1st in Class at the Cantania-Etna Hillclimb in 1948, among others. It is Chassis No. 2311218 and was sold new in Italy back in the 1930s. And while it changed hands on a somewhat regular basis, it’s racing DNA kept in on the track even recently as the owner prior to this auction used it to participate in Euro and US. Tours – this isn’t a car you just lock away in a dark garage.

This Monza recently went up for auction at the Gooding & Company Auction during Monterey Car Week, exchanging hands for more than $10 million. It’s only fitting that we do a full review of such an amazing car, so keep reading to take a closer look at it.

Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

Note: Official images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker.

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Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

Apparently, the Range Rover isn’t an SUV in his world

For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.

The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV. He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV. Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.

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What's The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

Mixing business and pleasure at a reasonable price

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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Don't Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

Don’t Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

Italian brand is said to be focusing its attention on the Stelvio SUV

You can tell that Alfa Romeo is in a good place when the problems it’s having involves deciding between two models that are going to be received well by the public. Apparently, that’s the predicament the Italian automaker finds itself in with the Giulia Sportwagon variant and a report from Car Magazine reveals that the Italian automaker is dropping plans to build the wagon variant of the Giulia because it wants to focus its attention on the Stelvio SUV.

Speaking with the news outlet, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla explained that the Giulia Sportwagon, while appealing for a number of different reasons, wouldn’t make sense since the Stelvio already captures a lot of the features and capabilities that the Giulia Sportwagon would have had in case Alfa Romeo decided to green light it. In his own words, Altavilla added that the Stelvio “can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the [Giulia Sportwagon].”

While there is some point to Altavilla’s explanation, it’s still a little surprising that Alfa Romeo would do anything to quell the momentum that the Giulia has generated since it was launched in 2016. The positive reception of the sedan reignited interest in the once-struggling Italian brand and the momentum has swelled to the point that we’re now in line to see the Giulia Sprint, a two-door coupe variant that’s expected to compete against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and Audi RS5. Adding a Sportwagon variant would have helped round out the Giulia family as that model would have been able to directly line up against the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate and compete against those variants independently.

Turns out, we’re not going to see that anymore because Alfa Romeo isn’t even going to cross that bridge. Again, the explanation behind the decision to drop the Giulia Sportwagon makes a lot of sense at the moment. Let’s just hope that for Alfa’s sake, it won’t come back and bite them in the future.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

Two different models with plenty of similarities point the way to Alfa Romeo’s future

There once was a point when the auto industry could go through an entire cycle of years without Alfa Romeo being mentioned. Part of the Italian automaker’s obscurity can be attributed to the fact that it had no models to stand its legs on. But now, that has changed with the arrival of the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, two models that Alfa Romeo has high hopes for. You might even say that the company’s future could depend on how successful these two models are. In lieu of that, it’s equally important to know that both the Giulia and the Stelvio, despite coming in two different sizes, are more alike than you think.

From the design to the engines, both the Giulia and Stelvio rely on a number of shared qualities that could help propel Alfa Romeo to a more prosperous future or sink the automaker further down into the abyss of irrelevancy. Go ahead and check out what these similarities are.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition

Italian automaker’s new SUV gets its first taste of the special edition life

Alfa Romeo has a lot riding on the success of the Stelvio SUV, so it only makes sense that the Italian automaker create as many different variants of the Stelvio as it can. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to carry most of that responsibility, but Alfa’s mixing it up a little bit too with the release of the Stelvio First Edition, a limited run version of the SUV that packs plenty of discerning features for those willing to get a piece of it.

Off the bat, let’s establish the fact that the Stelvio First Edition is based on the standard version of the SUV and not the Quadrifoglio. That’s an important piece of information considering that one of the latter’s most notable features is its Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that spits out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the Stelvio First Edition carries the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 280 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist.

Let’s set that aside now and look at the things that makes the Stelvio First Edition a true special edition variant of the Alfa SUV. For that, the focus should be on the SUV’s exterior and interior where a host of unique items are scattered throughout the two sections. Some features are of the physical nature whereas others are more of the safety and technological persuasions.

Either way, Alfa Romeo makes a good account of itself with the presentation of the Stelvio First Edition. It may not have the roughhouse power of the range-topping QV, but as far as being a special edition model is concerned, it checks off a lot of boxes.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The Italian brand takes crossover market by storm!

Having already returned to being a relevant carmaker thanks to the 4C sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo is getting its vehicle development plans into high gear with several fresh models by 2018, two of which will be SUVs. The first hauler was originally scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017 and it made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes by the name Stelvio and will compete against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Porsche Macan. Unlike most of its rivals, Alfa Romeo also developed a high-peformance version of the Stelvio, and just like the Giulia sedan, it wears the green Quadrifoglio badge.

But the badge isn’t the only thing that the two nameplates have in common. The crossover itself is based on the sedan, sharing many components in the chassis and drivetrain, as well as the same styling language. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit the streets with the same 2.9-liter V-6 rated at more than 500 horsepower!

"The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

As it is the case with all automakers that jumped on the SUV bandwagon recently, Alfa Romeo hopes the new rig will help increase its global sales. Specifically, the SUV is part of a business plan that includes eight new vehicles and global annual sales of 400,000 units by 2018. In 2014 and 2015, Alfa Romeo delivered fewer than 70,000 cars. Will the Stelvio make a difference? Join me in my review to find out.

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Alfa Romeo Boss Says Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is A Nurburgring Conqueror

Alfa Romeo Boss Says Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is A Nurburgring Conqueror

Can it really beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’s lap time?

I know there’s been a lot of talk surrounding the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and while some will agree that it’s one of Alfa’s finer works in recent years, there’s also been a lot of dissenting talk on how capable the SUV really is — especially the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Even Alfa Romeo boss Reid Bigland stoked the fire on the Stelvio, telling the gathered press during the SUV’s world premiere that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the chops to stake claim to the SUV lap record at the Nurburgring.

Granted, Bigland admitted to only doing simulation lap times around the ‘Ring, but according to him, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can finish an entire lap around the race track in 7:59.0 flat, 0.74 seconds quicker than the current standard-bearer, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and a ridiculous 14-second gap to the Cayenne Turbo.

Now this may just be Bogland and Alfa Romeo shooting off hyperboles about the Stelvio to get buzzing. After all, we won’t know if the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can really punch that time at the Nurburgring until it actually does it, fully documented. On that front, Alfa Romeo has yet to say when that’s going to happen, but if you look at the numbers of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio relative to that of the Cayenne Turbo S, there is a case to be made that Alfa Romeo’s simulations could be right.

First, there’s the power, which the Stelvio Quadrifoglio 505-horsepower output admittedly falls short compared to the Cayenne Turbo S’s output of 570-horsepower output. But, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also the smaller of the two SUV’s, which means that it’s significantly lighter than the massive 5,093-pound Cayenne Turbo S. Put these numbers together and combine them with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s all-wheel drive system, torque vectoring, the all-world suspension system, and the carbon ceramic brakes, and Alfa Romeo’s claim doesn’t so blasphemous anymore.

So can the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio really beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’s SUV lap time record at the Nurburgring? Only Alfa Romeo can answer that at this point and the sooner it gets the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, the sooner we get our answer.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Arrives In LA With 505 Horses On Tap

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Arrives In LA With 505 Horses On Tap

That’s how you make a splash, Alfa Romeo!

Ok, Alfa Romeo. We see you now.. Determined to make a huge splash at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show,, the Italian automaker did just that with the unveiling of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Not only did Alfa live up to that promise, it even included the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio version, all 505 horsepower of it. There are a lot of details to peruse here, but it’s safe to say that the Stelvio’s arrival isn’t just a long time in-the-making - the Kamal SUV concept was shown all the way back in 2003! - it also marked an important moment in the Italian company’s push to return to relevancy.

Without diving too much into the details - let’s save those for the official review - the Stelvio QV is a performance behemoth, the kind you’d expect from a 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that traces its roots to none other than Ferrari. It’s good for an astounding 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, exactly the same number that its sedan counterpart, the Giulia Quadrifoglio, has under its own hood. Don’t expect the Stelvio to be quicker than the Giulia though on account of carrying extra weight over the sedan. Still, the SUV is capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 177 mph.

More than its performance capabilities, the Stelvio QV also features plenty of premium materials, including generous servings of leather and carbon fiber. No surprises there either considering that Alfa Romeo is packaging the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as a legitimate threat to a segment populated by the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 M. As far as first impressions go, Alfa Romeo may have finally a hit on its hands.

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Alfa Romeo Shows Signs Of Life, Six New Models In The Pipeline

Alfa Romeo Shows Signs Of Life, Six New Models In The Pipeline

The Italian automaker still has a pulse!

Alfa Romeo may have discontinued plans of developing a successor to the 4C sports coupe models, but not everything is doom and gloom over at Turin, Italy as a leaked product plan posted on Italian forum Auto Pareri reveals the Italian automaker’s plan to launch six new models between 2017 to 2020, including two SUVs and a pair of “specialty” vehicles.

According to the post, the plans were revealed in a presentation that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gave to its investors, pointing to a future that may not be as bleak as we thought. The six new models also includes a hatchback model that could point to a replacement for the existing Giulietta and a full-sized sedan that could sit above the upcoming Giulia and serve as the automaker’s flagship model. Taking into account the exits of the Giulia and both 4C variants, Alfa Romeo appears to be looking at building a nine-model lineup by 2020. No specific timetable has been given for when any of these new models will be released.

The diversity in the product lineup not only helps build the case that FCA still has a lot of faith in Alfa Romeo, it also reinforces the notion that the Italian automaker is pushing forward with its own plan to become a bigger player in the industry. The two SUVs, in particular, would beef up the automaker’s presence in that segment as they are likely to join the Stelvio in offering a three-tier model lineup. The full-sized sedan would also add some meat to the company’s offerings in the sedan market, although it must be said that there’s a noticeable absence of an entry-level sedan in the entire product plan.

Whatever comes out of this plan, it’s safe to say that talk of the company’s perceived demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

Technology, performance, elegance, distinction – this 2900 has it all

By the late ‘30s, Alfa Romeo was well established as one of Europe’s top performance marques, having enjoyed a huge amount of racing success over the years. From these myriad victories, Alfa developed a series of road cars that have gained legendary status amongst collectors, including the “immortal” 8C 2900. Sporting an advanced, tech-laden chassis, a powerful eight-cylinder engine, and impressive coachwork, RM Sotheby’s calls the 2900 “the ultimate Italian sports car of its generation.”

It would seem as though the collector car market agrees with that assessment – this particular example you see here made for a record-breaking sale at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, trading hands for a jaw-dropping $19.8 million. That price reflects the not only the high desirability of this car, but also its rarity, as this example was the first of its kind offered at public auction this century.

So what makes this thing so remarkable? Read on for the details.

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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia by Speed Buster

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia by Speed Buster

Italian automaker’s 3 Series fighter gets a jolt of power and performance

Alfa Romeo is nowhere close to becoming the major industry player that it once was, but if the Italian automaker has one sliver of hope it can proudly line up against the best of its segment, it has to be the new Giulia. As Alfa’s official entry into the entry level premium sedan market, the Giulia competes against some industry heavyweights, most notably the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. The new model has fared well for itself, but if owners of the Giulia want to really get a leg up over their 3 Series and C-Class counterparts, they’ll have to go the aftermarket route and get a tuner like Speed Buster to give the Giulia’s 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel variant a tuning upgrade that nets an output of 224 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque.

The program doesn’t include anything other than the engine upgrade so if there are Giulia owners looking to give their sedans some cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades, they’re going to have to go elsewhere to get those. Speed Buster isn’t even offering any interior upgrades, which the Giulia could’ve honestly used. This tuning upgrade package is all about the Alfa’s 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel and while the final numbers aren’t going to blow anybody out into the water, the increase in power is enough to give the Giulia an extra shot in the arm.

It’s a simple program that accomplishes what it sets out to do. It’s also pretty affordable, which is exactly what owners of the Giulia wants to hear. Can’t I say I blame them.

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