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Peminat-peminat Alfa Romeo di Amerika Utara terasa tawar hati mengenai berita yang baru diumumkan. Syarikat tersebut mengatakan mereka akan menghentikan penjualan model-model Quadrifoglio berprestasi tinggi mereka. Larry Dominique, yang bertanggungjawab di Alfa Romeo untuk Amerika Utara, berkongsi perkara ini di LinkedIn. Dia mengatakan kepada mereka yang ingin membeli Giulia atau Stelvio Quadrifoglio supaya tergesa-gesa sebelum model-model itu hilang untuk selama-lamanya pada bulan Jun.

Dominique juga menyatakan bahawa ini bukanlah akhir bagi Alfa Romeo. Dia memberikan petunjuk bahawa mereka sedang menuju ke arah menggunakan kuasa elektrik untuk kereta mereka. Jika anda ingin membeli Giulia atau Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2024, anda perlu melakukannya sebelum bulan April. Selepas itu, mereka tidak akan membuat lagi model-model Quadrifoglio dengan enjin petrol untuk AS dan Kanada.

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It’s a bittersweet moment for Alfa Romeo enthusiasts in North America as the Italian automaker announces the end of sales for its high-performance Quadrifoglio models, scheduled to cease production in June of this year.

Larry Dominique, Alfa Romeo’s senior vice president for North America, shared this news on LinkedIn, advising interested buyers to place their orders soon to acquire a Giulia or Stelvio Quadrifoglio before they’re no longer available in their current form.

Dominique emphasised that this isn’t the end of the story for Alfa Romeo, hinting at the brand’s transition to an electrified future. The final opportunity to order a 2024 Giulia or Stelvio Quadrifoglio will close at the end of April 2024, with the last internal-combustion-powered Quadrifoglio models for the U.S. and Canada exiting the Cassino plant in June 2024.

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Alfa Romeo recently introduced the Tributo Italiano special series, a striking tribute to its Italian heritage, available across its entire lineup, including the Tonale, Giulia, and Stelvio models. Serving as the flagship trim, this series showcases meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to top-notch quality.

Stelvio

The key features of the Tributo Italiano series are consistent across the three models, featuring a captivating two-tone livery with a black roof, body-colour body kit, Italian flag accents on the mirror caps, and an elegant interior.

Giulia

Positioned at the pinnacle of their respective ranges, the Giulia, Stelvio, and Tonale Tributo Italiano models are exclusively offered in the three colors of the Italian flag—Alfa Red, Montreal Green, and Banchise White—paired with a sleek black roof. The Tonale variant also offers a retractable glass roof.

Tonale

The exterior enhancements include a front grille with a dark ‘V’ insert, alloy wheels with red Brembo brake calipers, and, for the first time on the Tonale, a lower bodykit, front and rear bumper side inserts, wheel arches, and side skirts in body color. The Tonale stands out further with matte Dark Miron accents, adaptive Full-LED Matrix headlights, and chrome-plated twin tailpipes on the Q4 Plug-In Hybrid version.

Inside, the sporty features continue with black perforated leather sports seats featuring red accents, embroidered front headrests with the special series logo, and red stitching on the dashboard, seats, and door panels. The Tonale Tributo Italiano also boasts a new carbon design dashboard fascia, ambient lighting, and aluminum kick plates.

Ensuring comfort, the models come equipped with dual-zone air conditioning, a heated steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, ambient lighting, a sophisticated infotainment system, heated front seats, and a premium 14-speaker sound system by Harman Kardon. The Stelvio and Tonale include a handsfree electric tailgate as standard.

In terms of powertrain options, the Stelvio offers a choice between the 280hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine or the 210hp 2.2-litre Turbo diesel, while the Giulia is available with the 280hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The Tonale offers options such as the 160hp 1.5-litre hybrid engine or the innovative 280hp Q4 Plug-In Hybrid.

Technical specifications include active suspension with electronically controlled damping, ensuring a sporty driving experience. Safety features include Active Blind Spot Assist, Lane Support system, Drowsy Driver Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, and optional ADAS systems for Level 2 autonomous driving.

The Tributo Italiano special series encapsulates the essence of Alfa Romeo—performance, first-class driving dynamics, cutting-edge technology, and timeless aesthetic appeal.

Prices for Tonale Tributo Italiano start at £44,495 (RM258k) OTR for the MHEV, Giulia Tributo Italiano starts at £48,495 (RM281k) OTR for the 2.0-litre petrol and Stelvio Tributo Italiano is available from £54,095 (RM314k) OTR for the 2.2-litre diesel.

ErreErre Fuoriserie, a Turin-based coachbuilder, has unveiled a retro-inspired body kit for the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which was initially showcased as a concept in mid-2022. The finalised kit has undergone several revisions and has elicited mixed opinions.

The modifications to the Giulia begin at the front, where the saloon now boasts four circular LED headlights and a silver grille. Alterations have been made to the lower air intakes, and a new bonnet design has garnered widespread appeal. However, the side view and three-quarter profile have sparked controversy.

The front wheel arches have undergone significant flaring, which some consider excessive and lacking refinement. A pronounced shoulder line extends from the front of the bonnet to the tailgate, resulting in an eye-catching, somewhat over-the-top appearance. The doors, rocker panels, and skirts have been reworked, while the rear wheel arches have been squared off. The rear design takes an unconventional turn.

The C-pillars have been modified to accommodate two spoilers extending from the roof. The tailgate has been entirely reimagined, giving rise to a boxy shape, a departure from the original Giulia’s more subtle curves. Notably, the distinctive taillights stand out, and the rear end’s redeeming features may lie in the diffuser and the two central tailpipes.

Inside the vehicle, the interior updates have been executed more tastefully. Brown leather adorns the upper section of the dashboard, door panels, and seat bolsters, complemented by light grey Alcantara in other areas.

Beneath the bonnet, Bilstein suspension enhancements have been incorporated, and the Giulia’s 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine now generates 562hp. What sets this model apart is the inclusion of a rare six-speed manual transmission. ErreErre Fuoriserie plans to produce a limited run of just 33 units of this retro Giulia, with pricing details yet to be disclosed.

Alfa Romeo is getting ready for the future by taking inspiration from its history. The new flagship model of the company is influenced by the design of the 33 Stradale mid-engine sports car from the late 1960s. This car served as a replacement for the Tipo 33 race car, transitioning the manufacturer’s racing technology into a road-ready vehicle.

The standout feature of the 33 Stradale’s design is its sleek and low appearance, characterized by graceful lines, butterfly doors, and a spacious glass roof. This design element serves as its most remarkable aspect and effectively connects Alfa’s historical legacy with its forthcoming direction. This connection extends to the interior as well, where an art deco style creates a cockpit reminiscent of a jet airplane.

A multitude of personalisation choices are available, offering the opportunity for customisation. These options encompass a personalized VIN number, comprising eight individually chosen digits by the owner. This unique VIN is prominently showcased on the central tunnel of the car. Sporting butterfly doors, the luxurious Alfa Romeo model incorporates a carbon fiber monocoque, coupled with an aluminum H-frame. The roof is a composite of both carbon fiber and aluminum. Notably, even the window frames are fashioned from carbon fibre, and the rear glass has been substituted with polycarbonate.

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A final thoroughbred supercar will be delivered, according to Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato, before the renowned Italian carmaker switches to an all-electric production line. The forthcoming Alfa Romeo supercar said to be called “33” or “6C,” will make its world premiere on August 30. But for now we can only imagine what the interior might look like, given the teased steering wheel.

Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato

The company released a photo of the steering wheel on its instagram account. And as is customary with these teaser pictures, not much is shown, and what is shown is intentionally difficult to make out.

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Unveiled in November 1971 at the Turin Motor Show, the Alfasud was a significant new model by Alfa Romeo. Although the Volkswagen Golf, which arrived a few years later, would continue to exist to this day, the Alfasud was essentially a single generation that never had a successor of the same name.

It was nevertheless a commercial success in its time, with over a million units sold worldwide between 1971 and 1989. Besides Italy, the Alfasud was also assembled in South Africa, Malta and also Malaysia.

Local assembly in Malaysia (at the Swedish Motor Assembly plant in Shah Alam) was due to the enthusiasm of City Motors, then the importer and distributor of the brand, particularly Datuk Dr. Foo Wan Kien.

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Though introduced in 2016 and 2017, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia and Stelvio – which share the same platform – continue to soldier on into 2022. While the China versions received updates in 2020, the new 2022/2023 versions get exterior changes that create a strong family resemblance with the Tonale.

At the fronts of the new Giulia and Stelvio, the front grille, where the logo is positioned, and the lower grilles of the two main air ducts have been given a unique finishing which provides a contemporary reinterpretation of the famous and distinct Trilobo grille. The headlight units are entirely new in with ‘3+3’ lights that are the Full-LED Adaptive Matrix type.

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With its low volumes, Alfa Romeo has struggled for many years and relied on the loyalty of the alfisti to keep it around. Heritage can only go so far in modern business, but Alfa Romeo has usually survived to continue its business. Now under the Stellantis Group, it will have some more breathing space with access to considerable shared resources that will allow one new model to be launched every year during this decade.

It’s been a while since we saw a really new model from Alfa Romeo and the new Tonale is something that has taken almost 3 years to go into production. A concept was shown at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show with a plan to put it in showrooms in a few years. By the time Stellantis came into the picture, the development would have been too far ahead to stop or change, so in 2022, it has its global debut although many markets may only get it in 2023.

The Tonale has compact dimensions which means it will do battle in the most competitive area of the SUV segment. While said to remain true to its DNA of Italian sportiness, it also marks the metamorphosis of the brand as it starts a new era of connectivity and electrification.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

2019 Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept

Concept car inspiration
Much of the design draws on the concept car shown in Geneva which contained many classic Alfa Romeo stylistic features, reinterpreted in the name of modernity. The sides are notable for their extended curve below the waistrail, known as the ‘GT Line’, which runs from the rear to the headlights, giving definition to the car’s body and its profile. In terms of the modelling, its full volumes and sensuality are reminiscent of models such as the 8C Competizione.

At the front, the new floating ‘Scudetto’ shield is no longer a part of the bumper but a distinctive element on its own. The lower part includes two main side air intakes which together with the shield create what is known as the ‘Trilobo’.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

The eye-catching ‘3+3’ headlights are inspired by the SZ Zagato and the Proteo concept car. These lights adopt a new full-LED adaptive matrix and provide daylight, dynamic turn signals and a ‘welcome and goodbye’ feature. They also have adaptive capabilities to maximize illumination without dazzling other drivers, with a third module automatically activated when turning corners to expand the lighting laterally.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

At the rear too, the light units are strong elements that for a visual signature for the Tonale. The roundness and, now classic, fold in the lower centerline shape of the rear window characterizes the SUV’s upper rear volume in a sporty yet elegant way evoking iconic cars like the 8C Competizione where the daylight opening, the edges of the side windows and the top of the rear window meet.

The ‘teledial’ alloy wheels that were received positive feedback when shown on the concept car have also been adopted on the production model. This is the reworking of the perforated telephone dial theme, the result of an evolution that began in the 1960s with the 33 Stradale. Over time, the perforations have gradually been increased in size and becoming more closely related to needs for brake cooling, lightness and resistance.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Driver-centric cabin
As would be expected, this is an SUV but the racing heritage of Alfa Romeo is not ignored. Everything is driver-centric, with the diagonal tunnel, slightly undulating dashboards and instruments facing the driver. The characteristic elements of the new model include the telescopic instrument panel, with its clear Alfa Romeo stylistic matrix, and the compact steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

The new D.N.A. driving mode selector, slim central air conditioning vents and external turbine shaped vents, the central tunnel and handles are embellished with a diamond texture inspired by precision mechanical processing with laser engraving. The dashboard also includes an insert with a backlight effect so when the panel is off, a graphic appears. The same 3D features can be seen in the seat fabrics, from the basic versions all the way to the gradient effect with contrasting background colour.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Powertrain choices
Depending on the market, electrified powertrains or combustion engines (or both) will be offered. The front-wheel drive hybrid powertrain has a new 4-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with a Variable-Geometry Turbocharger, and a 48V 15-kW electric motor. Besides two output levels – 130 ps and 160 ps – there’s also a 275 ps plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Q4 version with all-wheel drive that will have a claimed electric range of up to 80 kms.

The new 7-speed TCT dual-clutch transmission enables start-up and travel in only electric mode at low speeds and when parking and cruising, subject to battery levels. A full battery recharge is said to take 2.5 hours when using a 7.4kW fast charger.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Some markets will still be able to get good old powertrains with just combustion engines. There will be Tonale variants with a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as well as a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine.

The driving dynamics of Alfa Romeos have always been much appreciated and respected, and even with an SUV, these cannot be compromised. One element that contributed to ensuring this is the optimally balanced weight distribution between the two axles. This required special management of mass and materials, which was done both by working on the car’s layout and by placing all the heavier components as centrally as possible.

The Tonale has an Integrated Brake System (IBS), an innovative electromechanical system that combines stability control with conventional servo brakes. Said to be an industry first, the integration between electronics and mechanics, significant weight optimization, optimal feeling and the total absence of pedal vibrations can guarantee the system instantaneous brake response. The fixed calipers are from Brembo, with four pistons and self-ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear.

The Dual Stage Valve electronic suspension provides a choice between performance and comfort. Developed in conjunction with Alfa Romeo’s long-standing technology partner Marelli, the electronic shock absorbers feature a special electro-actuated valve within the shock absorber that provides independent damping curves for 2 modes (Comfort and Sport).

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

New ADAS systems
The Tonale is equipped with new Alfa Romeo Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Level 2 autonomous driving, which means that the vehicle can automatically handle acceleration, braking and staying within a lane while maintaining driving safety. However, the driver still needs to be alert and involved, though to a lesser degree which can reduce fatigue on long journeys.

In the event that the driver loses concentration or even falls asleep, there are features like Autonomous Emergency Braking which will activate the brakes if the driver does not react to alerts. The Drowsy Driver Detection system constantly analyses the vehicle’s movements to detect any characteristics which indicate driver fatigue. Once a certain threshold has been exceeded, the system emits beeps and/or visual warnings, recommending the driver stop for a break.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Connectivity with Amazon
Connectivity in a car today is more than just being able to connect a smartphone to the infotainment system. It now encompasses being able to connect to the rest of the world and a major new feature in the Tonale is the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Where it is available, Secure Delivery Service can set the vehicle as the place to deliver Amazon packages. The doors can be unlocked, and the courier can leave them inside the vehicle. Updates on vehicle status can also be received at home so it will be possible to know the battery charge level and other information. Alexa can also be used to search for nearby restaurants or even adjust lights or heating connected to the home automation system.

NFT for a car
In a world exclusive, the Tonale debuts non-fungible token (NFT) technology. Alfa Romeo is the first automaker to link a car with an NFT digital certificate. The technology is based on the ‘blockchain card’ concept, a confidential and non-modifiable record of the main stages in the life of an individual vehicle. Upon the customer’s consent, the NFT will record vehicle data, generating a certificate that can be used as a guarantee of the car’s overall status, with a positive impact on its residual value. On the pre-owned car market, NFT certification represents an additional source of credibility for owners or dealers to count on.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Video: Beautifully Restored 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Driven!

There’s something truly romantic about driving classic Italians.

Get behind the wheel and almost immediately it feels like there’s an orchestra playing in your head.

Something along the likes of Luciano Pavarotti enthralling you his best operatic performance.

Or Nino Rota serenading you with the theme to ‘The Godfather’.

There’s just something other wordly about the Alfa Romeo that I drove that night:

A beautifully restored 1750 GTV from the year 1969.

I was far from a twinkle in the eyes of my parents that year, but it was a fantastic year in the history of mankind.

1969 marks the year humanity walked on the moon.

And it also marked the year the Italians gave us one of their many masterpieces – this time in the form of the car you see here.

The 1750 GTV (short for GT Veloce) is not a ultra limited-edition model.

In fact, some sources say that Alfa Romeo built between 32,000 to 44,000 of the car before production ended.

That figure is far from making this car a rare classic, in fact take a drive around some old neighbourhoods and you might just come across one.

Or it’s brother – the 2000 GTV.

Well, the 1750 GTV is rather unique because it harks back to cars of old with its slim pillars, its sprightly though not very powerful engine.

But more importantly, it has a design that wrings nostalgia, it shows us how beautiful cars once were.

The owner, a friend by the name of Terence Moses, was gracious enough to let me drive it one night.

It was an occasion like no other – that thin leather padded steering wheel was of just the right size.

Any larger and it would brush up against my thighs.

The twin-dial meter panel doesn’t bother telling you anything other than the speed, engine rpm and engine temperature.

No fussing over other details here.

But in case you are wondering, the fuel gauge and the water temperature gauge is located right under the cassette player.

Of course there’s a bluetooth player in its place now, but the car started life with a cassette player.

Let’s just appreciate that for a second.

I particularly love how the head rests of the seats merge with the rest of the seat when fully down.

That kind of attention to detail is such an Italian feature.

Driving the car had me cooing with joy and made me nervous at the same time.

Nervous because Terence had just told me about some of the issues he faces with the car, and a snappy rear end was one of them.

I wasn’t about to oversteer his car into a bush in the middle of nowhere that night.

But the way the car came together was amazing.

The 1.8-litre engine and that slick shifting gearbox had me wringing up the rev’s every chance I got.

And you just have to love how closely placed classic car pedals are.

And that floor mounted accelerator.

Such simple joys just don’t exist anymore.

And that is why I appreciate classic cars – they are moving history books that remind us about how life once was.

I loved driving this car, I love the passion Terence has for his cars, and I truly hope you love this video as much as we loved putting it all together.

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