Looking Good At Show - Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio: An Impressive Luxury Crossover SUV

It’s not quite what you would expect from an Alfa Romeo nor what you expect from an SUV, yet it someone manages to be better than both of those things. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury crossover SUV manufactured by Alfa Romeo. It has been receiving a lot of praise and high reviews as of late, and for good reason. It’s stylish, safe, and very practical. Perhaps the first time this manufacturer has received this much praise since it released the Matta back in the 1950’s.

Yes it’s an SUV, but it’s all Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio on the road

Alfa Romeo Stelvio on the road

Named after the famous mountain pass in Northern Italy, the Stelvio is designed as a high-end, premium vehicle to compete with the likes of Porsche, Audi and Range Rover.  It’s clear to us that the manufacturer didn’t cut any corners or make any sacrifices to save a dollar, which is a great thing for the most part. It’s not simply labeled as a “luxury” vehicle. It really feels luxurious. From the lightweight aluminum to the carbon fiber prop shaft; the Stelvio barely weighs enough to register on the scales.

Rarely is there is a four-wheel-drive SUV that weighs so little. It’s only around 1659kg when it’s filled with fluids. The Jaguar F-Pace is one of the few luxury SUVs that can compete in terms of weight. Interestingly enough, both vehicles use primarily lightweight aluminum in their construction.

Don’t let the term “lightweight” fool you, though. This is a tough, rigid, and rugged sports utility vehicle. It’s not designed to compete with vehicles like the Land Rover with their terrain selections and off-road capabilities, but it’s tough enough to handle a bumpy ride.

Two Options Available

You have two options for your engine when you purchase a Stelvio. One option is the Petrol 2.0-litre Turbo. Not an entirely popular choice in the past, but it pairs very well with the Stelvio. It can push 296lb ft with 276bhp and reach speeds of 62 mph in only 5.7 seconds.

The second option is a 2.2-litre diesel engine that handles 347lb-ft with 207bhp. It can reach the 62 mph mark in about 6.6 seconds. This engine choice is still slightly more popular than the first option. It’s cleaner and more efficient.  It’s a bit noisy, but definitely worth it.

Both options provide an eight-speed automatic experience. Overall, the drive is very smooth in regards to the gearbox as long as you let it handle itself. However, it’s very tempting to push the paddles to the limit. That’s when you start to notice kicks with the full throttle upshifts and such. Luckily, you’ll only find problems like that if you’re really looking for them. For the most part, the ride is smooth and comfortable.

Modern Functionality, Classic Design

Of course, since this is a modern luxury vehicle, the inside is packed with sensors, lights, screens, and various other accessories that beep and boop. If you’re not a fan of those things, then you’ll have a hard time enjoying your rides. On the other hand, if you enjoy them, then there’s plenty in the Stelvio to keep you entertained.

There are sensors for braking, steering, reversing, and more. Any accessories or features that aren’t included in the standard model can likely be added as an option for a few extra bucks.

Even the appearance of the inside is enough to capture your attention for awhile. Especially when it’s your first time seeing it. There is beautiful interior trim, the seats look impressive, even the steering wheel has that “luxury” feel to it.

Upping the Luxury SUV Genre

There are a few other luxury SUVs on the market worth considering, but the Alfa Romeo Stelvio can easily compete with the best of them. It has definitely put Alfa Romeo back on the map as one of the leading manufacturers in the world. The Stelvio is stylish, full of features, lightweight, and surprisingly rugged. It looks good and drives even better.

Alfa Romeo Mito

A Complete Look at the Alpha Romeo Mito

Alfa Romeo has always impressed in the mini car arena. This company, founded way back in the 1900’s, has had an impressive run over the century it has been in existence. It has produced cars for the masses that have defined generations. The Mito in particular is a supermini series that has been on the market since 2008. This car is definitely among the best in its cadre in terms of style, efficiency, and bare looks.

There are key things that every car enthusiast looks at when ranking a particular model, for the Alfa Romeo Mito, they have to include the looks since this car is particularly made for its aesthetics. We will look at the overview of this car in terms of features including where it impresses as well as highlight any places it might have fallen short of expectations.

The Design

Small but Sporty - The Alfa Romeo Mito

Small but Sporty – The Mito

As usual, Alfa Romeo Mito goes big on design. This car has definitely become one of the best-looking cars in its segment. When compared to many of its competitors, the car stands out both on the exterior and the interior. The emphasis is on the exterior though, where the car perfects its signature look to reflect the expectations of people living in the current decade. It’s crouching signature profile, is well augmented with a wide body profile. The look is quite bold compared to anything else on the market, which makes the car a definite eye-catcher.

The inclusion of a choice of grander alloy wheels in addition to the standard ones is a very welcome thing. The interior of the car, as good as it is, does not really stand up to the exterior. The Alfa Romeo Mito is definitely better than many other cars in its caliber in the interior design aspect, but it definitely struggles to match to its own impressive exterior.

Technology and Performance

Alfa Romeo Mito cars have improved technology-wise since the launch of the first car. The modern car you will find in the market today, from the 2014 version, have added increased usability. There is an appreciated inclusion of touchscreen controls for infotainment, wireless communication and navigation among other essentials that are forward-looking for today’s cars. As for the engines, the car comes with a variety of options that give users a good range to choose from.

There is a 1.4-liter engine that is made for petrol with two options of power output. The higher power output engine is also turbocharged, meaning it has a strong performance. The diesel-powered options also come in a pair, only slightly differing in brake horsepower. There is also a dual-cylinder engine which is made for efficiency.

Driving Experience and Comfort

The Alpha Romeo Mito has always had a great driving experience since it is light on the wheel. This however, does not translate into super-car controls that can handle great speeds, in fact, it feels a little unstable when trying to navigate at high speeds. The interior is also made to handle light driving with a gearbox that needs time to maneuver.

In terms of safety, the car is equipped with suitable modern airbags, head restraints and sensors that alert the driver in case of an issue with the tires. The car can however make improvements in other safety measures like adding rear-proximity danger warning to caution drivers that ply in areas that are often jammed with traffic.

Price and Maintenance

The Alpha Romeo Mito is an affordable car that goes to a great length to balance price and value. Its maintenance costs are quite low and it has smooth engines that are easy to maintain.

Additionally the Mito will also save you a lot in terms of road tax if you decide to go with the cleaner and less powerful engines. The more powerful engines are also quite efficient and are designed to save as much energy as possible when the car is not actively engaged.

Bottom Line?

In overall, the Alpha Romeo Mito is a great car that has an all-around balance of comfort, power, safety and aesthetics. It is impressive any way you look at it. While few things need to be improved in future models, this car carefully balances expectations and reality delivering a solid machine that is a stunner on the road.

Concept Car Showcase: Alfa Romeo 6C

Please, if anyone in Alfa Romeo is listening, this car needs to become a reality…Lucio

Source: Concept Car Showcase: Alfa Romeo 6C by Gianfranco Spano – autoevolution

Nurturing talent is essential for an individual to go forward. In the world of car designers, though, some people have an inborn knack for creating spectacular machines. Today we’ll zero in on an up-and-coming automotive design crackerjack from Italy.

His name is Gianfranco Spano and, according to his LinkedIn profile, the young fellow just got himself a degree in Vehicle Engineering at the Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia. To graduate from university, you need a thesis. Mr. Spano prepared one in the form of a design study.

The 1:5 scale model in the adjacent photo gallery is the concept in question. Designed and fabricated with the aid of Modelleria Modenese and Carrozzeria Zanasi, the Alfa Romeo 6C is a design study for a road-going GT car.

Carrozzeria Zanasi is in cahoots with Ferrari since 1964, the year old man Enzo was looking for a shop to repair damaged cars. These days, Carrozzeria Zanasi can prepare your Ferrari for Ferrari Classiche certification, provided that your car is over 20 years old. It’s rather clear then why Gianfranco’s 1:5 scale study looks so Ferrari-like, yet the badge reads Alfa Romeo.

I’ll leave the photographs and renderings do the talking in my stead. What caught my attention the most, however, is the so-called Active Hidden Roof. The curiously called roof prides itself on no less than three possible configurations: Coupe, Targa, and Spider. It is still a work in progress, mind you. However, Mr. Spano intends to patent this system in the near future.

Behind the driver’s seat, this magnificent concept theoretically hides the 510 PS 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. That’s essentially the 3.9-liter V8 engine from the Ferrari California T, with two cylinders lopped off for good measure. Last, but not least, I would like to mention an intriguing detail about this concept car. The Alfa Romeo 6C by Gianfranco Spano is said to ride on the backbone of the 458 Italia, sharing the same wheelbase and the front/rear tracks with the Prancing Horse.

I admit there’s a whiff of McLaren 570S and Ferrari 488 GTB at the rear end and a lot of Alfa Romeo 4C at the side profile, but nevertheless, Mr. Spano deserves a round of applause for what he created here. Bravo, dear sir!

Read more: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/concept-car-showcase-alfa-romeo-6c-by-gianfranco-spano-110073.html#ixzz4Gr7GcDYj

 

The Alpha Romeo 4C

In the world of Italian sports cars there is one manufacturer that consistently stands out in providing surprises in both design and performance. Alfa Romeo has long been a favorite among the biggest car enthusiasts and in 2013 Fiat came out with its latest two-seater sports car – the Alpha Romeo 4C.

Just to look at this car has a stunning shape with an attention to detail you would fully expect from Italian designers. From a distance you would easily be fooled into thinking that you are approaching a Ferrari, and this Alpha will turn just as many heads.

With a starting price of $56,000 it comes nowhere near the price range of Italian super-cars, which means that the average sports car fan has a wonderful piece of Italy with some serious power and engineering.

Alpha Romeo 4C Body Design

In order to squeeze every last bit of torque and speed out of a sports car, the engineers at Alfa Romeo have designed the 4C with a lightweight, but extremely rigid chassis made entirely of carbon fiber. In order to get the curb weight under an impressive 2500 lbs, they’ve used aluminum where possible for heavy components like the crankcase and turbo.

The beautifully shaped outer body is made from a sheet molded compound which is 20% lighter than commonly used steel and has the added benefit that it does not corrode. Of course the look of car can be pointless if aero dynamics have not been taken into account.

This is where Alpha Romeo has made significant improvements over some of their older sports cars. The sleek design is not only very appealing to the eye; it serves a purpose of allowing efficient airflow over and around the car, making it such a stable drive.

On the Road

To give you the real feel of a high performance supercar you will find that the clutch and paddle shift on the steering wheel will give you that race feeling every time you sit into the car. With a twin clutch transmission system and sophisticated launch control you will be able to shift gears faster than you can blink an eye.

When you combine this with the 1750 cc turbocharged engine, providing 237 HP, you will get from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. That is less than a second slower than an entry level Ferrari at an incomparable price tag. Top speed on the 4C is 160 mph, which is pretty impressive and will have drivers longing for more time on race tracks.

You will have an amazing amount of fun driving this car, whether it is on a race track or just a Sunday cruise to enjoy some sunshine and the open road with no particular destination in mind. The current model is available as a coupe and now also as a convertible. For those living in sunny climates and with the budget to stretch this is a fantastic option.

Built for Comfort?

Okay…okay so the Alpha Romeo 4C is not built for comfort. The seats don’t recline much – okay not at all. Power steering at low speed is basically non-existent and if you plan on carrying anything more than a briefcase, you may be out of luck since the trunk space is limited and there’s hardly any storage space in the cabin save a small “box” behind and to the right of the driver. Another complaint is the near-total lack of visibility to the sides and rear of the car.

While we are dedicated Alpha Romeo fans, it’s obvious that the powers-that-be at Alpha Romeo has cut weight at the expense of creature comforts, but hey – this baby’s made for driving…fast. Real fast!