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