Wicked fast Alfa Romeo SUV proven at Nürburgring

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By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Remember this one from last year’s LA Auto Show? The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, named after the infamous Stelvio Pass and touted as the world’s fastest production SUV, proved its speed at Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, fastest time ever posted by a production SUV. With 505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph, there’s an all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine under the hood with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, bolstering supercar-level performance.

Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio goes on sale in early 2018. The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti are on sale now with an Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 41,995 and $43,995, respectively. Check out below this YouTube video of the Nürburgring lap.


 

Alfa Romeo unleashes the fastest SUV on the planet at the 2016 LA Auto Show

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Posted 11/16/16, Autoshowglobal.com

The official press release from Alfa Romeo:

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass –
the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark
in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV
that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves

Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers
a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a
    world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter,
    direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class
    505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum
    column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the
    all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

As the As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

“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.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

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2016 New York International Auto Show: Big reveals in the Big Apple

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By Sydnie Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global)

We traveled to New York City for the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last week and, as always, there’s lots to see in the Big Apple. After the Lion King, the Statue of Liberty, and a emotionally moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial, we made our way to the Javits Center on the west side of the island.

The spacious convention center allowed for test tracks in the lower level for ride-a-longs in FCA vehicles. Outside, cars and trucks were displayed, with fashionable experts on hand to answer any questions.

Inside, NYIAS boasted some crowd-pleasing exhibits, such as an awesome Trans Am  display, featuring three intricately designed models — including the Bandit edition — that stayed true to their original roots with a nostalgic throwback feel.

As seen at other shows this year, the automotive manufacturers found creative ways to incorporate social media into their showcases. Chevy’s team utilized selfie sticks and iPads to allow media to take “selfies” with the vehicles and then easily post to Facebook, Twitter, or send via text or email. The photos, when sent, also included links to information and specifications about the particular vehicle or Chevy’s entire line.

And, of course, there were the reveals, including the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1, 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Chrysler 300S with an all-new Appearance Package, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (we forget about that brand being from the Midwest), 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Nissan Titan, the new Mercedes GLC43 AMG and many more (see gallery). Of course, the big talk of the show, which never made it to the show floor but still made a big buzz, was the Lincoln Navigator Concept. I was disappointed that it was not on the show floor during media days. Maybe we’ll see it at the next big show. Alfa Romeo had a beautiful full-color book dedicated to their stylish new Giulia models,.

After all of the excitement, our photographer and I took a break in the sleek Cadillac lounge, decorated with pristine white chairs and couches, and an open bar serving small plates, beer, wine, and other beverages.

As we looked around we reflected on the similarities and differences between NYIAS and the other shows we have covered this year. NYIAS definitely has its own swag and personality that makes it uniquely chic. We weren’t disappointed!

Public days for the 2016 New York International Auto Show run through Sunday, April 3. For ticket information, go to www.autoshowny.com.

 

Don’t Ask My Neighbor: Trading Spaces at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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CIS_2016-16By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The Detroit Auto Show, the most influential of the year, concluded with record attendance again – at least the numbers are going in the right direction. There are a number of reasons why the show was a success for some and a failure in the minds of others, but one thing was for certain – it had it own charm, and a lot was due to real estate.

Until this year, the auto show exhibitors embraced keeping all of the brands together in one display area. Companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, kept both luxury and traditional nameplates within a short walk through a seamless transition. This year, with brands such as Mini, Bentley and Jaguar having noticeable absences from this year’s show, new floor space was made available. This coincided with the fact that luxury brands appeared to want to stand on their own identity similar to a teenager wanting to move out of the parental house.

IMG_20160111_102631205_HDRWhile Lexus stayed home with Toyota, Cadillac and Lincoln became next door neighbors as did Chevy and Ford during this year’s show. Ironically Lincoln and Cadillac were parked right across the street from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW respectively in the high rent district of the auto show. It was interesting looking at the crowd from both sides of the fence both from the Chevy and Ford fence and the Cadillac and Lincoln fence.

CIS_2016-13 16NAIAS_0295 FordHub 2The Ford Experience was just that, an experience. Most of the exhibits were interactive and highlighting the technology that Ford uses in its products. The displays were bright and open. There were displays featuring the durability of Gorilla Glass, the innovation of vehicle lifestyle connectivity, jellybean cocktails of the Ford Fusion color palate, Legos exhibits, and my favorite: compressed air, simulating wind blowing in your face, causing major distortions, that allowed the visitor to post video to social media. The exhibits were engaging to the visitors and would keep them wandering around the display looking for things to interact with. At some point I remembered to look at the products too. On the Chevy side, the whole product line was nicely organized and warmly lit, and allowed the visitor to pass through and get a closer look at the product offerings. It felt more museum-like than the science center feel I got from Ford.

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The Chrysler, I mean FCA (sorry!), display moved to the former GM neighborhood, and it was a needed upgrade. No longer the dark and drab parking lot of the past, the display was lit up like a Christmas tree, with LED screens everywhere. Bright and open, with its luxury brand Alfa Romeo next door, the display does a much better job showcasing all the new Fiat and former Chrysler products.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280-12 Lincoln-Continental-at-NAIAS-4I walked over to the Cadillac display, the new XT5 was center stage flanked by the rest of the Cadillac lineup. The whole display was brightly lit and had a very elegant but sterile feel. Lincoln on the other hand had very few products to show but the display felt very warm, intimate and engaging. I chatted with one of Ford’s Design Directors about why Lincoln separated itself from the Ford brand. The answer was really simple, Lincoln wanted to be next to the other luxury brands – especially since the space was available and Lincoln was debuting the all-new Continental.

To me, it just felt weird because I really could walk from one spot to the next and get a totally different vibe from all the luxury brands, especially between Lincoln and Cadillac. It really felt as though the two brands were finally coming from underneath the veil of the respective parent companies.

I have worked for both Ford and General Motors, and ironically worked in Lincoln and Cadillac studios. There will always be a battle for top domestic luxury brand, Lincoln and Cadillac have been at it for years. It was great to see an old rivalry start up again. It’s about time that Ford and General Motors start having an honest conversation in-house as who they want to be as a brand, especially in such a competitive domestic market. Let’s wait and see if the domestic luxury brands will actually up the ante for future shows, carve out even more “in-your-face” space, and make this rivalry fun again.

2015 LA Auto Show: True Italian design and lightning quick, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio seals the brand’s US comeback

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Although press in Milan had the chance to touch and feel the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio this summer, the reveal at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show was quite impressive. As Alfa models in tight-fitting racing suits flanked the car as it rolled on to the stage, it was a memorable entrance — one of the more dramatic reveals I’ve seen in years. With an all-new four-door sedan now coming to the states, along with the 4C and 4C Spider and a promise of more trim levels for the Giulia Quadrifoglio with class-leading performance, I think the Alfa Romeo brand is really serious about its comeback.

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It’s been a long time since a four-door sedan has evoked emotion from me, but when I sat in the vehicle, I have to admit, it feels different than anything else on the market. Maybe it was the use of carbon fiber, the positioning of the gauges and start button, sultry curves, the cockpit feel. On the exterior, the athletic lines, muscular proportions and Italian style. And when you think of its performance capability — Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6, 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph — you just can’t wait to push the accelerator really hard.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Also, the carbon fiber spoiler is an interesting addition.)

If you are looking for a premium performance luxury four-door sedan that will have the neighbors talking, this is it. Built in Italy, the all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio begins production for North America late in the second-quarter of 2016 with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $70,000. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the lineup, as the brand promises more to come.

(See specs from manufacturer below.)2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Photos courtesy of FCA US LLC)

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