Mamma mia! No manual transmission for the Alfa Romeo Giulia line in the US

If you were looking forward to the three pedal experience in your new Giulia Quadrifoglio, don't get your hopes up. The latest word is the Giulia will only be offered in the United States with an automatic transmission. Granted, if you have to have an automatic, the eight-speed from ZF is the one to get.

Start getting used to this gearshift lever
But my thinking was FCA might follow the pattern from the Fiat 500 Abarth which was only available with a manual transmission when it was first introduced to USA.

I had also been thinking that sure, the base Giulia and Veloce might only be available with the automatic, but surely the M3-competing Quadrofoglio will offer (and maybe mandate) a manual. But nope, this edict appears to be a decision across the model line.

Non-QV Giulia Not So Bad Looking, Either!

Introduced at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, the mainstream Giulia is an exciting package in its own right...

...both outside and in.







And isn't it refreshing to see 3 pedals?






Launch of Giulia Quadrifoglio Delayed

Uh oh. FCA has delayed the launched of the much-awaited (by me, anyway) Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in USA by 6 months to mid-2016. Whether due to issues with internal crash tests or not, let's hope that this is not the first of a string of delays in bringing this BMW M3 competitor to market.

Where do I sign up?

Is there anyone not saying "I want one" to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?


In person it looks every bit as good as the photo, if not better. And to answer the question: you can sign up here to get more info from Alfa Romeo.


The Alfa 4C Spider is Here!

It's here: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. And it's gorgeous!


Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2015, the 4C Spider will be available in the United States in the summer of 2015. With it's ultra-lightweight architecture, the 1750cc, 237 hp engine can propel the 4C Spider from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, in Race mode with launch control.




With the 4C Couple priced at $53,900, the Spider will probably be a few to several thousand dollars more than that. It will come with a carbon fiber windshield surround and a removable soft-top, with a solid carbon fiber roof panel as an option.



Yellow exterior paint is a uniquely available to the 4C Spider, and the white-gray-black range as well as 2 reds that are currently available on the 4C Coupe are also available.

Interior colors include black with red or yellow sticking, and red with red accent stitching.



In a word: sweet! Regardless of how you choose to configure it.


86 Fiat and Maserati Dealers in the US to become Alfa Romeo dealers

Motor Trend is reporting that the Alfa Romeo 4C will be sold through dealerships at 86 established Fiat and Maserati dealerships in the United States. Alfa will have a presence in 33 states, with 12 of those in California (3 of which are in LA), 10 in Texas, and 9 in Florida. Alfa Romeo will further expand its North American presence with dealerships in 3 Canadian provinces (my bet is British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec). Alfa expects to grow their dealership network to over 300 in North America over time.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition


The 4C should hit showrooms in late 2014 with the special 4C Launch Edition, which, at almost $70,000 will be priced above the expected 4C price of about $55,000. For the extra money you get the track pack, special seats, steering wheel and carbon fiber, inside, as well as special wheels, a larger spoiler and fender air inlets, on the outside.

Alfa Romeo 4C scheduled to appear in the US this summer

We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Alfa Romeo 4C in the US an it looks like it will be for real this summer. However, though we've heard top Fiat dealers will be selling the 4C alongside their Fiat cousins, it looks like sales will initially be through their rich cousins at Maserati. That will give the 4C an air of exclusivity -- almost as much as the only 1,000 units a year that it is reported Alfa will be exporting to the US.