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How Reliable Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?
We desperately hoped for this enthralling Italian sedan to succeed, but we were consistently disappointed by its unforgivable reliability issues.
We knew pretty early in our 14-month relationship with this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio that we weren't going to be able to make a clean break from it. This was not that kind of relationship. And it is not that kind of car.
No, instead we would continue coming back to the Giulia, no matter how it betrayed us. Mostly that's because we were obligated to finish this 40,000-mile test. But we also just couldn't give up on it. Rarely have we hoped for a car in our possession to succeed more than we did for this Alfa. And rarely have we been more consistently disappointed.
We've been down this road before. Have a look at our reviews of the Alfa Milano and 164 sedans from the '80s and '90s. They are rap sheets of shoddy workmanship, schizoid electronics, and unforced errors, even if they are interspersed with glowing praise. Such is the reputation of old Alfas that many staffers still firmly believe that a long-term Milano burned to the ground in the parking lot of a local mall. No evidence of this exists. But there was, decades ago, a long-term Milano test that, after a tragicomic series of faults, was terminated.
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19 days ago by rgl7194
Vettel's FP3 Crash, Sainz's Storming Start And The Best Onboards: 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
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4 weeks ago by snapeplus
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio NRING - Special Editions of the Giulia and Stelvio
The NRING package is available on both the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
New NRING special edition for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio celebrate two Nürburgring records.
Just 110 cars total will come to the United States, split between Giulia and Stelvio.
The cars get matte gray paint and carbon-fiber accents.
Alfa Romeo has been dominating the Nürburgring Nordschleife recently. The Giulia Quadrifoglio sports sedan lays claim to being the fastest five-passenger car around the famed racetrack with a 7:32 lap time, and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV sold in the U.S. with a time of 7:51.7. (A Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S set a better time, but that SUV isn't available here.) To celebrate its success, Alfa Romeo has revealed NRING special editions of both Quadrifoglio models at the New York auto show. It's pretty easy to guess what the NRING name stands for.
If the cars look a bit familiar, it's because the NRINGs already were revealed for European audiences last year, and what we're getting is basically the same. Both cars get matte Circuito Gray paint that is offset by a carbon-fiber grille and side mirrors. The five-hole aluminum wheels are painted a dark gray, all the badging has been darkened, and the red brake calipers get white lettering. The Giulia's roof is carbon fiber, while the Stelvio has a panoramic glass roof.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
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april 2019 by snapeplus
This Chase Scene From Quantum of Solace Is Still Sublimely Awesome
When we asked you to name every single James Bond car ever, it did my heart good to see so many of you chime in to stick up for 2008's Quantum of Solace. Nearly every review I've seen of Skyfall so far has mentioned what a "dud" or a "disaster" its prequel was, and I don't think that criticism was fair at all.
Sure, Quantum isn't a perfect movie. Its story is kind of all over the place. But there are a lot of things to love about it too, like Daniel Craig's general lethality from start to finish, bad guys that were detestable in a real world sense, a great set piece with the burning hotel at the end, a satisfying conclusion to the events in Casino Royale, and Gemma Arterton as Ms. Fields.
But my favorite part of the movie comes within the first three minutes when we're treated to one of the better car chases in Bond movie history. It's short, it's intense, it's brutal, and it's a lot of fun to watch.
Our hero is driving an Aston Martin DBS with a throaty V12 engine, while the bad guy vehicle of choice is an Alfa Romeo 159 with a 3.2-liter V6. Under normal circumstances that isn't even remotely a fair fight, except here there are two Alfas, their drivers have assault rifles, and the chase takes place on a winding, two-lane roadway in heavy traffic. Do not try this at home, kiddos.
It's such a desperate, frenetic, obstacle-laden chase, and through it all the Aston gets tore the fuck up. (This shouldn't surprise anyone since Daniel Craig's James Bond goes through Astons like normal people go through cigarettes.) The moment about 50 seconds in where Bond loses a door, spins into a wall and narrowly misses an oncoming truck? I still get chills seeing that.
Plus, the scene is awesome because it's made pretty clear that this DB9 has three pedals and a stick. An automatic for 007? Please.
Eventually Bond manages to dispatch the last Alfa using his rifle, after which he drives into town and nonchalantly opens the trunk to reveal his cargo — a tied up Mr. White, one of the baddies from the previous movie. "It's time to get out," he says. BAD ASS.
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march 2019 by rgl7194
Ranked: The 10 most exciting cars of the Geneva Motor Show 2019 | DriveTribe
Motor shows have had a bad wrap of late. Increasingly, they’re accused of being overly expensive and largely pointless. Manufacturers are reducing their efforts or not showing up at all, leaving shows like Paris at the tail end of last year with entire halls left empty.
But Geneva is different.
This is the biggest motor show in the world, and it’s still alive and well. It seems that everyone and their mums have brought along something new and exciting this year. There’s plenty of cutting-edge futuristic tech on display, as well as lots of really, really fast stuff. Of course, subjectively ranking newly revealed cars in order of ‘exciting-ness’ is an entirely pointless exercise. So... here's my list of the 10 most exciting cars from Geneva 2019.
1) KOENIGSEGG JESKO
Why is this the most exciting car at Geneva 2019? Surely it’s just another typically mad hypercar from those Swedish blokes who exclusively build mad hypercars. Business as usual, no? Sort of. Except this one is a bit special - because it could very well be the world's first 300mph roadcar.
That’s not confirmed yet. Christian Von Koenigsegg says the car has managed it in simulators, and he’s confident it will do it in real life. And this is not a man who makes unsubstantiated claims - this is the man behind the Agera RS - the current fastest car in the world.
So what’s new? Well, same old 5-litre twin-turbo V8 except it’s lighter now, and revs higher. Meaning you get 1,578bhp. And a massive wing. Oh, and it’s named after his dad, so it’s adorable as well as terrifying.
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march 2019 by rgl7194
9 of the most achingly beautiful Alfa Romeos ever made | DriveTribe
This week, I was fortunate enough to spend 24 hours in Italy as a guest of Alfa Romeo - and that might well be the sexiest thing I’ve ever said in my life.
The reason for the trip was to attend the launch of Alfa’s ‘Nero Edizione’ - a new specification available for the Giulia, Stelvio and Giulietta models. Nero-specced cars come with even more tech as standard, as well as some very striking monochrome paint options. If you'd asked me a week ago, I'd have said it was verging on sacrilege to paint an Alfa any colour other than red - but after beholding the Nero Edizione cars in the metal, I'm sold. The Giulia in particular - blacked out, with gunmetal wheels and yellow callipers - was a work of pure evil. Like Darth Vader with a steering wheel.
'Luca, I am your father.'
Before the launch event, I was able to stop by the Alfa Romeo museum in Milan. Now, motoring museums aren't always for everyone. Even I - a massive car nerd - find many of them to be stuffy and underwhelming. But the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo is unlike any other motoring museum in the world for three reasons:
1. There are no barriers separating you from the cars. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it allows you to admire them in their full glory and take unspoiled photographs.
2. Unlike most museums, the exhibits aren't doomed to a lifetime sat gathering dust. All of them are fully functional, and all of them - regardless of their value or historical significance - are taken out at least once a year and subjected to a good thrashing on track. Very cool. Very Alfa.
3. You won't see a collection of such exquisite, beautiful automobiles anywhere else. If you've never understood all the old cliches about Alfa Romeos having souls, and how you can't be a true petrolhead until you've owned one, just visit the museum. By the time you leave, it will all make perfect sense.
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march 2019 by rgl7194
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Alfa Romeo F1 Just Needs to Run Its Valentine's Day Livery All Year
Modern Formula One is much of the same every year. The same teams often come out with the same or similar car liveries, and the same performance gap in the field. But each year, there’s always a slight break from routine—in the form of special car liveries that never actually compete.
Red Bull usually has a good one, but nothing compares to the scheme that the newly named Alfa Romeo Racing team—Sauber, you might remember—took to a test session at Fiorano Circuit in Italy last week. The team got more into the whole “Valentine’s Day” thing than your local grocery store’s seasonal aisle, and the result was a lot less nauseating.
The team took a Valentine’s livery to the test, which Autosport reports was just a patterned camouflage since the actual race car hadn’t launched at that point.
But it was a good look, nonetheless...
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february 2019 by rgl7194
A Reminder the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Still Exists and You Should Buy One
Bringing just a little bit of extra spice to the already totally awesome, if completely flawed, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the new Italia package, is effectively a bespoke paint color, yellow calipers, and some extra badges. This is Alfa Romeo’s big move for the Chicago Auto Show this week, showing what will likely be a send-off model to an aging low-volume sports car. If you love this shade, and I do, you’ll have to get your order in quickly, because only 15 of these buggers are coming to the U.S. market.
With a total worldwide production target of 108 units, this is going to be an extremely rare bird, no matter which market you reside. The Italia package adds an extra $5,000 on top of the Spider’s already hefty $66,900 price tag (plus $1595 delivery), making for one extravagant arachnid.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Perfect Sports Sedan - The Drive
And it's this 505-horsepower Italian rocket sleigh.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, By the Numbers
Base Price (as Tested): $73,700 ($89,595)
Powertrain: 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, 505 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel-drive
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: 191 mph
EPA Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city / 24 highway
Cargo Space: 13 cubic feet
Quick Take: Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
Of all the appeals to hold onto innocent faith, to resist yanking back the curtain of mysticism covering an utterly mundane world, few ring as strong as the New York Sun's famous editorial from September 21, 1897. An eight-year-old girl named Virginia wrote a letter asking whether or not Santa Claus exists; in response, the paper published a manifesto extolling the value of believing for the sake of believing.
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy...nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."
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january 2019 by rgl7194
1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio | Ars Technica
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is built for speed, but how does it do on a family vacation?
In the time since I began reviewing cars for Ars Technica, my reviews have settled into a routine. A fresh vehicle pulls into the alley behind my house on Tuesday morning with a full tank of gas and a soft limit of 500 miles of driving. After familiarizing myself with the infotainment system, safety features, and the other peculiarities, I take each car for a 60+ mile drive. I include suburban neighborhoods, arterial streets, expressways, and winding country roads with actual hills and curves (a few of those actually exist around Chicagoland). Then for the rest of the week, I spend time doing the stuff I'd do with any other car: buying groceries, taking my son to rugby practice, driving to church... the usual stuff. It's generally enough to give me a good picture of what a car is and is not capable of.
That said, there is always one question left unanswered at the end of a trip: "How would this car be on a family road trip?"
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october 2018 by rgl7194
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august 2018 by architektura
This Is the Vintage Alfa Romeo That Inspired the New 8C
Alfa's upcoming mid-engine sports car might share its name with a race car from the 1930s, but it'll look a lot like something from 1967.
Alfa Romeo announced a new mid-engine sports car today, the 8C, named after the 8C Competizione of 2007 and many of its amazing eight-cylinder road and race cars of the 1920s and 1930s. But based on a sketch released by Alfa, it looks like the new 8C draws inspiration from a different model from the company—the 1967 Tipo 33 Stradale.
Viewed in profile the similarities are quite apparent. Just look at the swept up window line and muscular rear fender on the 8C sketch. It's clear the designers at Alfa Romeo have been hanging out in the company's museum where the Tipo 33 Stradale prototype lives.
The Tipo 33 was originally designed as a tube-framed prototype for the 1967 World Sportscar Championship, but Alfa Romeo decided its chassis would lend itself well to a road car. So, Franco Scaglione—who designed the original Giulietta Sprint while at Bertone—was tapped by Alfa to provide bodywork for the 33. The results were astonishing.
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august 2018 by rgl7194

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