After some initial issues prepping the concept, Italian automaker Alfa recently launched a little brother to their now-discontinued 8C Competizione at the Geneva Motor Show.Read more
At the latest edition of the Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo lifted the veil on the 4C Concept, a car destined for sale around the world and that should serve as a the foundation for the brand’s return in Canada and the U.S.Read more
Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept was one of the most praised cars on the show floor. Set to go on sale in several markets in late 2012, it promises surprising performance in a compact package that will most likely app…Read more
Spend two minutes at the Alfa stand in Geneva and you will quickly understand why Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech have spent the last five months verbally sparring over who could best lead the underperforming Italian…Read more
Geneva motor show debuts from Lamborghini, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo, and Infiniti signs up for Formula One.Read more
First Look: Alfa Romeo 4CThe 8C downsizesThe baby Alfa Romeo 8C has landed in Geneva, and to little surprise it’s called the 4C. Photo Gallery: Alfa Romeo 4C – 2011 Geneva Motor Show – Automobile MagazineFirst Look: Alfa Romeo 4C |
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Alfa Romeo says the production version of the 4C rear-wheel-drive coupe will be a sold around the world. The mid-engine halo car “will bring us back into markets such as the U.S. where we are not present today,” Alfa CEO Harald Wester said.Read more
VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech said Europe’s largest carmaker could nearly quadruple the annual sales of Alfa Romeo, if current owner Fiat sold the poor-performing brand.Read more
A ’56 Ford wins the coveted Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama and Jeff Gordon breaks a 66-race losing streak with a win in Phoenix.Read more
Leaked video shows Alfa’s ‘junior 8C Competizione’ and an unnamed roadster, ahead of Geneva debut.Read more
La dolce roadster.
Alfa Romeo’s popular and accessible sports car, the Spider, was sold in the United States from 1966 until 1994, its long run divided into four series. The early cars, with their distinctive boattail styling, were immortalized as Dustin Hoffman’s ride in The Graduate. Generally regarded as the most beautiful iteration of Pininfarina’s design, these Spiders also are the most basic in spec, the rarest, and the most expensive. After skipping U.S. exports in 1970 (as it had in ’68), Alfa brought back the Spider for 1971, beginning the second series, with a chopped tail and fussy Spica fuel injection for its enlarged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; heavy rubber bumpers arrived for 1975. The next iteration, the ’83 to ’90 Series 3 models, got a controversial black rubber ducktail rear spoiler, better-integrated bumpers, and (in ’86) interior revisions. They enjoy more reliable Bosch fuel injection and available air-conditioning (both of which actually came on board in ’82). For the final cars, the 1991-’94 models, the styling was smoothed out, power steering and a driver’s air bag were added, and an automatic transmission (!) was optional; they’re a bit more powerful but also slightly heavier.
Alfa’s fabulous flying four-door phone booth.
Yes, it’s tall, narrow, boxy, and not particularly nicely detailed, but it was an enormously successful and influential design. When the Alfa Romeo Giulia body shape was introduced in 1962, the only cars in production with lower aerodynamic drag were the Porsche 356 coupe and the CitroÃ«n DS four-door, as listed by Britain’s MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) in a little technical paper on aerodynamics. Maybe Panhard’s 24 CT was better. But not by much.
Photo Gallery: Alfa Romeo Giulia Super – By Design – Automobile Magazine
Fiat will not consider selling its Alfa Romeo brand to Volkswagen, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said. “As long as I am CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, Mr. Piech will never have Alfa Romeo. It’s hands-off, ” Marchionne said.Read more
In today’s show: Alfa aims for a halo car, Fernando Alonso paces Formula One testing, bad weather hits the car world and the CTS-V gets a “Black Diamond” edition.Read more
In today’s show: Alfa aims for a halo car, Fernando Alonso paces Formula One testing, bad weather hits the car world, and the Cadillac CTS-V gets a “Black Diamond” edition.Read more