Watch the Alfa Romeo 4C Take a Beating from a Ferrari Pista and McLaren 600LT
Over the past two decades or so, the terms sports car and supercar have changed their meaning. What was considered a supercar 20 years ago, is today only worthy of the sports car tag and we ‘blame’ mankind’s incessant need to go faster and faster for it.
In other words, as technology evolved and improved over time, carmakers were able to build lighter cars, better engines, and more aerodynamic body kits. That’s how we got a whole new breed of go-fast demons: the hypercar (thanks, Bugatti!). But just how big of a difference is there between a modern-day sports car and a supercar? Well, this question has found its answer as an Alfa Romeo 4C went against the likes of Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Flexes its Way to More Lap Records
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.
Check Out This Walkaround of the All-New Almas by Mole Costruzione Artigianale
Mole Costruzione Artigianale’s second public project is called Almas, and it’s a ground-up new super GT car that could not have come from anywhere else but Italy. The design study will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show where we hope we will learn new things about it as current information is rather limited, to say the least.
Kimi Raikkonen Actually Cracked A Smile While Driving The Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio: Video
Kimi Raikkonen is a robot. Kimi Raikkonen has the emotional capacity of a cardboard cut-out of himself. Kimi Raikkonen cracks a smile about as often as a total solar eclipse. We’ve all read and heard about the stone-faced demeanor of the Ferrari F1 driver and former world champion. This is the same guy, after all, who once famously said on national television that he was dropping a deuce during a tribute for F1 legend Michael Schumacher. Yet for all of his “Iceman” moments, Raikkonen is also regarded as one of the best race car drivers in the world today, and together with teammate and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Antonio Giovinazzi, Ferrari’s third F1 driver, the Iceman put those skills to the test for a day in the track onboard the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
The following video here is what happens when you get Raikkonen, Vettel, and Giovinazzi to race the wheels of the 505-horsepower Giulia Quadrifoglio. You get lots of smoke, plenty of sideways action, and an actual smile creep in to the face of the Finn. For what it’s worth, it’s hard to tell what’s more shocking between seeing the Giulia Quadrifoglio perform the way it did on the track with three F1 drivers driving it or the fact that Raikkonen seems to be having a ball of a time in the car. My money’s on the latter since the sight of a smiling Raikkonen is worthy enough to actually steal some of the spotlight away from the car he’s driving. Either way though, it’s good to see the three Ferrari racers enjoy themselves with Alfa’s new performance sedan. Heck, if the Giulia Quarifoglio actually made Kimi smile, that’s vindication of the sedan’s prowess in it of itself already.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Fails To Complete Track Test: Video
Alfa Romeos bring with them a certain set of connotations. Car lovers see Alfas as beautifully designed machines, with delicious curves front to back. The performance and handling are inspiring, thrilling with engaging dynamics and a soulful exhaust note. But it’s not all good – Alfas also have a tendency to, well break down, and unfortunately, it was this final association that was on display when our friends over at PistonHeads brought one to the track for a three-way sports sedan showdown.
Here’s the set-up: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3 Comp Pack, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. A trio of four-door performance machines boasting good looks, opulent interiors, and more than a little gusto under the hood. This is a segment typically dominated by German makes like the two listed above, but Alfa recently decided to challenge the status quo by introducing the 505-horsepower Giulia QF, inspiring enthusiasts the world over to proclaim the return of one of the world’s greatest performance brands. Thing is, to finish first, you must first finish, as they say.
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Alfa Romeo 4C Plus Formula 3000 V-8 Equals Automotive Bliss: Video
Located in the north of Italy and surrounded by a jaw-dropping mountain vista, the municipality of Verzegnis has a lot to offer visitors. But beyond the stunning natural beauty and relaxing ambiance, Verzegnis also plays host to an annual hillclimb event. Officially sanctioned by the FIA, a variety of machinery show up every year to play in the twisting switchbacks and narrow two-lane tarmac, including the above-featured Alfa Romeo 4C. One look at this thing is enough to confirm it means business – just check out that aero, the ultra-wide and low stance, and race-ready rubber in the corners. But the real head-turner is coming out the twin exhaust pipes, where a high-strung Formula 3000 V-8 provides a soaring soundtrack.
According to YouTuber 19Bozzy92, the spec sheet is rather impressive – roughly 450 horsepower is on tap thanks to a 3.0-liter Zytek V-8, which is more than adequate considering the whole thing weighs just 700 kg (1,543 pounds). Throw in all the other competition-spec goodies, like upgraded steering, hardcore suspension, and a stripped interior, and this 4C has a ton of potential. Hit play, crank up your headphones, and bask in the sights and sounds of one of Turin’s finest tuned to 11.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sets New Nurburgring Record for Sedans
In 2015, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio became the fastest sedan on the Nurburgring by lapping the German track in an impressive seven minutes and 39 seconds. The Italian four-door used a manual transmission and smashed the previous record set by the Porsche Panamera Turbo S in 2011, by a whopping 13 seconds. The Giulia’s benchmark didn’t last too long though, as the Panamera Turbo lapped the Green Hell a second quicker in 2016. Now, Alfa Romeo returned to ’Ring with the automatic version of the Quadrifoglio to regain its glory with a 7:32-minute record, no fewer than six seconds quicker than Porsche’s record.
Not only the quickest sedan on Germany’s iconic race track, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is also faster than a handful of new or relatively recent sports cars and supercars. This new benchmark makes it as quick as the previous-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S and the current Ford Shelby GT350R, and faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, and Nissan GT-R Spec-V. Heck, it’s even quicker than supercars like the Pagani Zonda F, Koenigsegg CCX, and Lexus LFA, which says a lot about the technology, time, and money Alfa Romeo poured in the high-performance sedan.
Fortunately, the Italian automaker also released a video of the record-breaking lap, something Porsche has yet to provide for the Panamera Turbo. The car was driven by Alfa Romeo test driver Fabio Francia, who had a difficult time keeping the Giulia Quadrifoglio out of the green. The in-car footage is exciting to say the least and worth every minute, so make sure you give it a look before proceeding.
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Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head Takes A Look At The Audi TTS And The Alfa Romeo 4C: Video
Head 2 Head’s Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman are good at their jobs even though they sometimes spend too much time cracking jokes and doing gimmicks that take away from what they do best: review cars. This episode of Head 2 Head contains more of the same but, to their credit, they found a way to keep the jokes down and focus on giving us an insightful episode centered on the new Audi TTS and the Alfa Romeo 4C, two of today’s most appealing compact sports cars, and how both cars stack up against each other.
The two are joined by resident test driver and acclaimed racer Randy Pobst and, together, all three dissect the pros and cons of both the TTS and the 4C, right down to the dramatic styling differences between the two cars. In that sense, Camissa and Liebermann are right. The Audi and the Alfa Romeo look nothing alike as both embody the stereotypes of German engineering and Italian flair, respectively. Once the chit-chat was done, the hosts proceeded to get to the important part of the episode. They put both the TTS and the 4C through the ringer in a series of challenges to determine which car scored higher in a specific task.
All told, it’s a very insightful episode, as is always the case with Head 2 Head. Cammisa and Liberman even behaved themselves, at least for the part. In any case, it wouldn’t be fair to reveal the verdict here because there’s a lot of information that the host poured over. Instead of spoiling, I invite everyone to just sit back and enjoy the 23-minute episode.
EVO Takes The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV For A Quick Spin: Video
Alfa Romeo isn’t the easiest automaker to love. The brand may have a long and proud history but none of that has been evident in recent years. Even the Alfa Romeo 4C, as awesome as I think it is, has its share of detractors and naysayers. But all that could change with the arrival of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the very sedan that CEO Harald Wester said will “make or break” the automaker. The range-topping version of the Giulia wears the Quadrifoglio Verde badge and if the model turns out to be successful, the Giulia QV will have a big part to play in it.
Recently, EVO Diaries took the Giulia QV out for a quick run and while the host admitted that it’s too early to tell if the performance sedan is all it’s been made to be, the early returns are very promising. For starters, the model comes with a lot of imprints from Ferrari, particularly the 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to post a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds, quicker than the BMW M5 and just two-tenths of a second off of the Mercedes-AMG E63. The Giulia QV also posted a lap time of 7:39 around the Nürburgring, an incredible time for a company that hasn’t had much to show for its own efforts.
Evo had more to say about the Giulia QV but I’m not going to spoil the details because watching the video should give you a better idea of what the magazine enjoys about the performance sedan. It’s been a while since Alfa Romeo has been on the receiving end of compliments, but for what it’s worth, the Giulia QV deserves every positive feedback it can get.
Pur Sang’s Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Is As Close To The Original As It Can Get: Video
Those who know of Pur Sang Argentina will attest that the company that built its brand on recreating the Bugatti Type 35 using period technology is as good as it gets for anybody looking to own near-perfect versions of classic race cars. The company has since expanded past building the Type 35, and as this episode of Tuned will show you, Pur Sang has proven to be just as adept at building an immaculate production of the 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza.
Tuned host Matt Farah had the pleasure of meeting the commercial director of Pur Sang, John Bothwell, who happens to own a Pur Sang-built 8C. As Farah notes, this 8C may not be an original – those are rarely driven on the street because they can fetch a price of eight figures – but it’s also insulting to call it a replica. That’s because Pur Sang builds these cars with the same materials that were used on the originals, right down to the tiniest of details. Farah put it best when he said “it would take a nerd of epic proportions to spot differences from the original.”
And as awesome as it looks, the Pur Sang 8C’s true calling card is its drivability. Farah and Bothwell took it down for a test run and while it did prove to be a little complicated to get the hang of, even for a driver of Farah’s experience, the sound of the 2.3-liter supercharged straight-eight engine made the whole experience worth it. It is, in almost every way imaginable, as close to the original one as it could get.
Wide Open Spirit - A Look Into The Soul Of One Mans Alfa Romeo Spider: Video
When it comes to talking about the best car to take to the open road, there is a long list of cars that comfortably fit the bill. Fortunately, we don’t have to go over that list today – it really can turn into a long drawn out debate. Instead, we’re here to look at just one car: the 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider.
We could probably talk all day about Duetto spider. It is a classic, with an exceptional but simple design, and elegance in a way only those who’ve had the pleasure of driving one can actually appreciate. Fortunately, in this video just released by Petrolicious, Keith Helmetag – the owner of a very well maintained, 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider – talks about his passion for the car, what it’s like driving it, simple modifications he’s made, and even why he chose that beautiful green color the car is finished in.
I won’t ruin the video for you, but I will say that it is definitely worth watching. In the six minutes of video, there are various clips of in-car footage and footage of the car cruising down some winding back roads. To be quite honest, I’m a little jealous of Mr. Helmetag. I wouldn’t mind owning a fine Alfa Romeo like that one day – especially one that has been so well maintained.
Plenty of praise has been heaped on Alfa’s little 4C sports car. Not only is it lightweight, quick, and achingly good-looking, it’s the first Alfa to be sold in the U.S. since the 8C in 2008. For a lot of folks, this Italian beauty is the culmination of the age-old automaker’s history. On paper, all is well. But what is it actually like to drive? XCAR’s Alex Goy decided to find out in this 12-minute video.
In typical fashion, the review is in-depth, starting with general perceptions, a few facts and engineering statistics, and a brief recap of Alfa’s extensive motorsport history, ending it with the pros, cons, and final conclusion. All of it is done with stunning rolling shots of the British landscape under an epic soundtrack.
In the end, Goy found the looks, the dual-clutch gearbox, the interior room and the engine all quite impressive. However, he didn’t like how the 4C felt at higher speeds, saying that it gets “...a bit unnerving. The wheel start’s grabbing and shimmying left and right, and in the end you end up hanging on for dear life more than actually feeling as though you’re in total control.” He was also disappointed by the harsh ride, expecting something a bit smoother.
The verdict? “The magic is there, it’s just not being seen properly yet.”
It could be argued that the automotive world has a bit of a love-hate relationship with Porsche. On the one hand, the sports cars from Stuttgart exemplify driving excellence in their respective segments, which is especially true with the Cayman S. Everything on it is world class: the engine is responsive and powerful, the PDK transmission is perfectly geared and changes cogs like lightening, and the chassis punches well above its weight in terms of handling dynamics and at-limit feel. On the other hand, Porsche is a victim of its own success: few chances taken in the course of vehicle evolution means the lineup melts together when considering layout and exterior styling, and its immense popularity makes a Porsche blend into the background on the road. As weird as it may sound, you could say that Porsche has grown stagnant with its brilliance. It’s like a band with one perfect song reiterated into a whole anthology. Instantly recognizable, great to listen to, and terribly predictable. Not that we can blame Porsche; the German automaker has obviously found a formula that works, so why change it?
Alfa Romeo might have an answer with the 4C. Combining a low-weight chassis, exquisite Italian styling, and a mid-mounted, 240-horsepower inline-four cylinder engine, the 4C is the first Alfa to be sold in the U.S. since the 8C in 2008. I think this car is magnificent. It’s minimalistic in design, beautifully rendered, and focuses heavily on driver enjoyment. Plus, it’s not a Porsche.
So then, we have the Cayman, which is a wonderful car exactly like the rest of Porsche’s wonderful cars, and then there’s the 4C, the underdog Italian challenger. Which should you have?
Chris Harris sets out to find the answer with this video. We start on partially flooded British roads in the middle of a deluge to sort out how each takes to public byways, followed by some chucking about on a significantly drier road course littered with tight chicanes. Harris is once again up to task, presenting his impressions through analytical discussion that is both technical and emotional. Oh, and he gets completely sideways (obviously).
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There are people in this world who like cars, but then you occasionally run into someone who lives and breaths the art of the automobile. Their veins are full of gasoline and their minds run wild with the dreams of racing victories, back road bombings, and the perfect sunset cruise. Conrad Stevenson is definitely the latter. He built a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale essentially from scratch, and he uses it to race in the brutally-fast and grueling Carrera Panamericana rally race.
Stevenson started with little more than a roof panel for the machine. Since then, he has built the car by hand using classic techniques and tools to create a patchwork of metal that looks beyond striking. Because of his build methods, the machine is not a true authentic ’65 car, but in his words, “I’m not presenting this car to Pebble Beach.”
Stevenson has run the Panamericana race previously in various machines with his friends, but last year was the first time he competed in the Alfa Romeo. Apparently, he knows how to build a solid race car; not only did he finish the race, but he finished 21st overall.
Just like all Petrolicious videos, this eight-minute film is full of gorgeous shots, thoughtful insight form the car’s owner and plenty of glorious Italian noise. Hit that “play” button and spend the next few minutes in bliss. It makes for a great end to a Sunday afternoon, and the perfect way to get ready for the upcoming week.
Don’t get mad at me if you want to build a race car and run across Mexico with it, though. Blame Petrolicious.
Every now and again, we’re reminded of just how fun driving can be. Simple, purpose-built cars are often the best way of getting this reminder. The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of those cars. Its light curb weight and moderate power means its power to weight ratio is sublime. Its sport exhaust is missing a muffler but possesses a seductive roar. Its manual steering communicates every ripple in the road. These types of vehicles don’t come around too often at an affordable price, but somehow, Alfa has done it.
In the video above, MotorTrend’s Carlos Lago takes the 4C out for track testing and spirited cruising long the Pacific Coast Highway. The 4C posted some pretty respectable numbers at the track, as 60 mph came in 4.1 seconds and the quarter mile happened in 12.7 seconds at 106.7 mph. It also held an impressive 0.94 g of lateral acceleration and stopping from 60 mph took a mere 97 feet. Those numbers come darn close to supercar stats, especially considering the 4C’s starting price of just $55,195 and its 1.7-liter, turbocharged inline-four is only producing 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Even more impressive is the 4C’s fun factor. Its loud exhaust and quick-shifting six-speed twin-clutch transmission make for a thrilling ride. Add to that its mid-mounted engine location and curb weight of only 2,437 pounds and you’ve got a recipe for perfection.
In 1962, Alfa Romeo launched the Giulia sports sedan along the coupe and Spider versions, which were rebadged and updated versions of earlier Giulietta models (series 101). These models had their old 1.3-liter engines replaced by new, more powerful 1.6-liter engines, hence the "1600" in the name.
The Spider version also had a more powerful version called "Veloce" (Italian for "fast"), and this is exactly the car owned by Mr. Casey Annis and the one reviewed in this video.
Casey Annis is a publisher and editor at Vintage Racecar, so no doubt he knows one think or two about classic cars. No wonder why he speaks so great about this classic Giulia Spider Veloce 1600!
The review was shot right next to the California’s coast,p which if you ask us, is the perfect place for such a great car. If you are a fan of classic Alfa Romeo models, then this is definitively a video you will not want to miss!