Alfa Kills the 4C Coupe

Car & Driver is reporting that as of model year 2019, the 4C Coupe will be no more (at least in USA). The question is: will anyone miss it? My guess is not really, since the 4C Spider is alive and kicking for 2019. While the Spider costs about $10k more than the Coupe, it's ostensibly the more desirable package. And sales numbers for the Coupe seem to validate this opinion. What do you think?

Between the Macan, F-Type and Stelvio, I have say "Stelvio, per favore"

Alfa Romeo has extended the Giulia platform with a striking all-wheel-drive  crossover SUV, named after the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps.

If you were thinking about an X3, Macan, F-Type or similar SUV, there's an Italian option that should also be on your shopping list: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

For Alfa fans, there no other choice but to say "Stelvio, per favore!"


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.