- Written by David Small
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Just stopped by Golling Alfa in Birmingham. The Giulia is without a doubt the nicest looking car of any manufacturer, bar none. That is not exactly an unbiased opinion. I have owned and driven many Alfas since my first in 1973. The first Alfa I recall seeing was the Montreal on display at the Italian pavilion at the 1967 Worlds Fair in, you guessed it, Montreal, QC, Canada. (Speaking of Montreal, be sure to go online and register for the Convention in July, being hosted in Montreal by the AROC of Canada and our own AROC National Owners Club). [link here]
Back to the Giulia: from the nicely styled 'heart' at the front, past the Quadrofoglio emblem on the side, to the quad exhausts flanking model-specific rear diffuser, there can be no mistake this is an Alfa. Hood and front fender vents suggest this is not a poseur, and even with four doors, this is a true 'sports car'. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is somewhat hidden by attractive panels, but make no mistake this is a twin turbocharged, 505 hp screamer. An all wheel drive screamer. The fastest production sedan in the world on the Nurburgring. If eighty five large is not in your pocket, then there are other Giulia models to fit most budgets. I would act fast, I'm told by the nice gentleman at the dealership, they have sold one in just the first week it was available in SE MI. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration on my part as they had six TI models, with 280hp on tap, on the lot in both 2wd and all wheel drive (all aimed at the MI winters with heated everything package), and a full array of models on the way. FCA is confident these cars will sell well, and will be backed by a 4yr, 50K mile warranty. Unlike the Giulietta before them, since 1955, these cars are expected to be durable, and trouble-free cars; sleek, powerful, desirable...and comfortable for the long haul.
You be the judge. In the meanwhile, check out the few photos here, better yet hitchhike on down to the dealer for a test drive, and even with slightly more than half the Quad's horsepower, you won't be disappointed (unless the 44k large is also unavailable). Ciao, for now.
- Written by David Hammond
Pricing for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been announced: from $81,590 including destination (which happens to be less than the $86,090 Dodge Demon). The SUV is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine sourced from Ferrari, generating a class-leading 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in about 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 176 mph. It lapped the Nurburgring in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, the fastest time ever posted by a production SUV.
- Written by David Small
We are delighted you have an interest in joining the Detroit Alfa Romeo Owners Club. First and foremost, it is not necessary that ;you own an Alfa, only that you are interested in the Alfa Romeo marque, have an interest in participating and interacting with other folks who share your interest.
Benefits to becoming a member include as follows:
Be the first to know when activities are planned---even be involved in the planning.
Reduced fees for events open to the public
Monthly national magazine the OWNER.
Exclusive entry to the Alfa Romeo National Convention: for 2018 Olympia, WA in August
Direct emailing of the Club newsletter, the GIORNALE.
To join the Alfa Romeo Owners Club simply follow this link to AROC-USA.org, then select the "Membership" tab. Scroll down, then fill out your information and follow the instructions.
Come to one of our general membership meetings, meet the crew, and we can get you signed up there as well.
Membership meetings are monthly at local restaurants.
More info to follow...