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The new Alfa Romeo Giuletta y 2014 is a stylish and comfy car with ample storage. It’s actually a highly likeable package – a nice, mid-sized family hatchback with the emotive Alfa badge hanging on its nose. Leave it to an Italian car maker to incorporate some desired improvements without sacrificing cohesiveness.
Key components like the engine have been improved. The new Alfa Romeo Giuletta y 2014 is powered by a 1.4 TB MultiAire engine that offers optimization of engine combustion and fuel efficiency. The noise factor is likewise reduced. The car is fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine known as the JTDM 2. It produces 150bhp. The car is touted to be able to emit a tidy 110g/km of carbon dioxide, which translates to cheap road tax.
In terms of design, the car is sporty & elegant. Though very discerning car buyers may opine that there’s not much to crow about in the new Alfa Romeo Giuletta y 2014, since the car simply underwent a minor facelift, the overall stylish look makes it stand out. Car buyers looking for design flair and sporty character in one sleek package will find the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giuletta a worthy choice.
There’s reason to believe the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta y 2014 will spur sales further, more so because of its environment-friendly feature. Technological breakthroughs incorporated in the car have reduced particulates and emissions. When in full throttle, the car hums in a quiet way. The engine is actually quiet up to 3000rpm.
Alfa Romeo cars are known to stand out, and the new Giuletta is no exception. On the exterior, the front grille and chrome-plated frame of the foglights are noticeable. A closer look will reveal a different grille. The car seems to brim with energy yet exude understated elegance. Italian flair is evident in other components that serve a dual purpose of injecting style and ensuring safety. Modern features like new alloy wheels add to the sporty appeal of the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta y 2014.
Most car buyers pay particular attention to details in the interiors. Topnotch amenities and homogenous elements contribute to a first-rate car. The seats and steering wheel of the new Alfa Romeo Giuletta show improvements. Of special note is the new infotainment system, Uconnect, that can support a range of gadgets like MP3 devices and smartphones. The navigation system can use some tweaking, though.
Aficionados have noted though that while the car does have attractive features, there’s a whole lot of plastic finishes inside the car. Tactility is not one of the key strengths of the new Alfa Giuletta.
Nonetheless, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta y 2014 is not to be left behind among the marquees in terms of technology. The car’s Alfa DNA selector allows customization of the vehicle’s behavior, allowing the driver to cruise various road conditions. The result is a pure driving pleasure and a warm, enveloping ambience for passengers. It’s a youthful, interesting car with some quirks characteristic of Italian cars. Placed alongside premium hatchbacks in the market, though, it is difficult to say that whether or not the new Giuletta can win over modern car buyers.
The Porsche Cayman is arguably one of the most recognized sports cars in the world because of its unique design and iconic structure. Many companies have designed aftermarket parts and components for the Cayman mainly because of its popularity. One company took this concept and raised it to an entirely new level. Known as Atelier Royal Customs, the company has prepared a set of improvements and modifications that it will install on the Porsche Cayman. They call the project and the vehicle as the Royal Custom Alpha One Project.
The Alpha One Project is a year-long project that is centred on the creation of a supercar that uses the Porsche Cayman S as the base model. The project aims to create a supercar that is unhindered in both performance and handling. The use of the Cayman S as the base model is an ingenious idea since there are many parts that are readily available for the vehicle. It should be noted however that Royal Customs plans on designing their own parts to have no problems when it comes to compatibility. The end result of this project is a Porsche Cayman that is uniquely different in design and style.
Using the Porsche Cayman S as the base model, Royal Customs measured every specification of the Cayman and have designed an entirely new body kit for the vehicle. The body kit would feature an extremely wide chassis as well as carbon fibre on basically every part of the kit. The carbon fibre body is made aerodynamic by adding cuts and slits in strategically chosen areas to reduce air drag and promote air flow. The Royal Custom Alpha One Project would also feature large rear spoiler and extractor that is commonly seen in most sports cars. The vehicle would also have a total of 4 exhausts.
The Alpha One Concept vehicle is rumoured to have a 3.4 litre six cylinder turbocharged engine that is a capacity of 325 horsepower. This means that the vehicle would be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in only 4.9 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is estimated to be 281 kilometres per hour. The performance of the vehicle is claimed to be superior to that of the Cayman although no test has been performed to prove this fact. In fact, the Alpha One was released only in the United Arab Emirates meaning that no such test could have been performed.
Currently, only 3 units of the Porsche Cayman Alpha One were made. Pictures were the only source of information regarding this vehicle and even they are very scarce. Still, many car enthusiasts choose to believe that this vehicle will reach the United States’ soil. Many have expressed their interest on this project and have even started asking if orders are now being taken for the production of the vehicle. Many enthusiasts believe that this vehicle would be ground-breaking and would raise the bar for car customizers around the world.
Supercars are distinct from other luxury cars because of their unique form factor and design. Supercars usually have very low road clearance, a wide chassis, and an aerodynamically designed body. This combination enables supercars to minimize wind resistance and drag thus, ensuring that they will always maximize their speed. In this article, we will talk about a sports car that has the body of a supercar. Known as the Alfa Romeo 4C, this car is Alfa Romeo’s trump card in the industry of sports cars. Boasting of impressive specs and an all-new construction, the Alfa Romeo 4C is bound to return to the United States market this 2014.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is a sports car that is likened to the cars produced by Ferrari in the sense that both car manufacturers have similar taste when it comes to body design. The 4C has almost the same width to height proportions of the Ferrari 458 Italia and also has the same low road clearance, wide chassis, and aerodynamic body of Ferrari cars. The similarity with Ferrari, however, ends there. From here onwards, the features and specifications will be pure Alfa Romeo.
Features and Specifications
The Alfa Romeo 4C boasts of a very powerful turbocharged mid-engine that has 240 horsepower and 4 cylinders. The car has a total of 6 gears plus reverse that is embedded in an Alfa TCT dual dry clutch gearbox. The gears can be altered through the use of the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The Alfa Romeo 4C has a rear wheel drive and an electronic Q2 differential. For its chassis, Alfa Romeo chose to use a carbon fibre material since it is lightweight and provides superb protection. It also has a double wishbone front suspension and an Evolved MacPherson rear suspension. The total weight capacity of the vehicle is 895 kilograms while the gasoline tank has a capacity of 40 litres.
The performance of the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C speaks for itself. The combination of a powerful turbocharged engine with a compact and lightweight car results to very fast accelerations. The performance is further boosted by the carbon fibre body of the car as well as its aerodynamic design. This combination also makes the car fuel efficient since less power is required to propel the car forward. Based on Alfa Romeo’s specifications, the car weighs around 900 kilograms while the engine has a 240 horsepower rating. This means that the vehicle has a weight to power ratio of approximately 4 kilograms per horsepower. This number is relatively high considering that this car is a sports car.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C was met with highly favourable reception because of its design and fuel efficiency. Many people look forward to the return of Alfa Romeo to the United States market especially considering that a budget-friendly sports car would be available to US citizens. The only negative comment about the 4C is its small interior as well as small luggage compartment. Still, many people believe that this compromise is fair since this car is a sports car and not an everyday vehicle.
The Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo, released the much-anticipated Alfa Romeo 8c Spider at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Only 500 units made of this convertible version of the 8c Competizione coupé.
The 8c Competizione heralded Alfa Romeo’s making a comeback with an exotic sports car that could truly be called world-class. Its Spider variant brings the same excitement, with a number of tweaks that actually improve its driving ability, while bringing the open air to the car.
The Alfa Romeo 8c Spider can be driven with its top up or down and still look visually stunning, the Spider can carry up to 2 passengers in this 2-door convertible. The motor emits a roar that has incredible intensity of sound and volume.
The roadster shares much of the features that the coupé has, with the same curvaceous exterior and hardware. Its engine is a derivative of a Ferrari block that is used in the Maserati GT and Quattroporte. It sports a chassis that is made of tubular steel, while all its bodywork is composed of carbon fiber.
The 4.7-liter V-8 engine is capable of producing 444 hp at 7000 rpm and some 354 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. This car has its engine on the front, is rear-wheel driven, and has an automated manual transmission that has 6 gear ratios. It has 20-inch wheels with Brembo ceramic brakes that are 15 inches in the front and 14.2 inches in the rear.
The Alfa Romeo 8c Spider has 30 percent less rigidity than the unusually rigid 8c coupé. The shocks, anti-roll bars, and springs have been recalibrated to adjust for this. Weighing in at a curb weight of 1,675 kg, it’s about 90 kg heavier than the coupé. The center of gravity was raised in the roadster with the carbon fiber surrounding the windshield and the electrically operated cloth top, as opposed to a metal one, used to compensate for that.
The Spider has the same maximum speed of 181 mph. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and from zero to 100 mph in 9.7 seconds. The projected fuel economy for this car is 12 mpg for city driving and 17 mpg for highway driving.
This Alfa Romeo boasts of exceptional handling and balance, with a steering that is very communicative. The transmission gear shifts quickly in manual mode and the brakes are responsive.
It shares its interior with its coupé cousin, made with leather upholstery and carbon fiber panels. There is a feeling of that a team of artisans worked on the interior. The center console, with the panels surround the heating and ventilation systems and gauges, is constructed from a single piece of aluminum. It comes with Recaro seats that can be manually adjusted and are composed of the same carbon fiber that are found in the cabin.
The Alfa Romeo may be known more for its budget subcompacts, but the Alfa Romeo 8c Spider proves that the brand can deliver a convertible to justify its $300,000 price tag.
The 8C Competizione is a supercar manufactured by Alfa Romeo.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a concept car which was first unveiled to the public at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model was later put up for sale during the 2007 model year. The concept car’s name, “8C Competizione,” refers to its eight-cylinder engine, coupled with Alfa Romeo’s long-standing tradition of competing in automotive racing events. The Italian term, “competizione,” means competition, something that the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was engineered to excel at. An interesting fact to note is that the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione marked the company’s return to the American supercar market; the concept car became the first Alfa Romeo to be sold in the USA since the company withdrew its models from the American market in 1995.
Despite having received over 1400 orders for the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione soon after it was announced that the concept model would enter production, the company decided to limit its production run for the model. As such, there are only 500 individual units of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione that exist in the world. Not surprisingly, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione sold out shortly after they hit the market. As it stands, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has become a valuable collector’s item for gearheads and automotive aficionados the world over. However, it takes more than a need for speed and a passion for cars to acquire an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione; one also needs to have quite a bit of change in his pocket—in the US market, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione carried a whopping retail price tag of nearly two hundred and sixty thousand dollars during its launch.
Now for the specs. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has a top speed of 292 kilometers per hour (or 181 miles per hour), goes from zero to sixty kilometers per hour in a blistering 4.2 seconds and can cover a distance of a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. As if it wasn’t fast enough already, an engineer from Alfa Romeo has stated that the 8C Competizione can go even faster than its advertised top speed. At its core, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione sports a V8 engine with a displacement of 4691 cubic centimeters, which puts out 444 horsepower with a torque of 350 pounds per foot. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione features a lateral acceleration of 1.02 g and CO₂ emissions measured at 377 g/km.
For customers who have a passion for the racetrack, Alfa Romeo has also announced plans to create a version of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione that is specialized for use on racecourses. Alfa Romeo is expected to work with Dallara in order to create the upgraded chassis for the racing model of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, which is set to be used in several automotive racing competitions such as Daytona and Le Mans.
Alfa Romeo wants to improve its quality and the efficiency of its features and it will soon move to an all RWD model lineup.
The majority of the automakers are now focusing on all wheel drive models or even on front wheel ones, but Alfa Romeo wants to switch to an all rear wheel drive lineup. Even if this may be the end for models like Giulietta or MiTos, Alfa Romeo seems to believe that this is the best choice at this moment.
Apparently this new switch to RWD is the result of the cooperation between Alfa Romeo and Maserati and four new models are announced and they seem pretty impressive. They will be able to go head to head with BMW’s 5 and 3 series and with the X1 and X3.
The new model is going to appear in 2016 and it seems to be the perfect combination between RWD and raw emotion. Everybody expects the moment when Alfa won’t be sort of a “Fiat satellite” anymore and at this moment it seems to be aligned with Maserati.
We all know that Alfa has created impressive designs for their cars and their top notch quality has managed to please even the most demanding drivers. The new cars that they plan to create are going to be not only good looking, but also comfortable, fast and modern. We can’t wait to see what they have prepared for us.
In 2016 they have also announced the release of a new 3 series fighter Giulia sedan and even a Sportwagoon. This is not everything. They also have big plans for 2017 and they will release two activity vehicles that will be able to compete with the X1 and X3.
An all new Porsche Boxster is also announced and it is going to appear this summer, not to mention the new generation of Mazda MS 5 which is also on the way. This way, Alfa Romeo seems to have a very bright future.
One thing is for sure, Alfa Romeo is a very important automaker and they always surprised us with new and interesting features. We can’t wait to see what they plan to release and we are 100% sure that it is going to be something spectacular and interesting.
Good quality is also a mandatory feature for this brand and we are sure that they are going to take this aspect into consideration this time, too.
The CEO of FIAT, Mr. Sergio Marchionne has revealed, in an interview for Automotive News Europe, a couple of details about Alfa Romeo’s future product lineup.
The eagerly-awaited Giulia is still under development and will be built in Italy in the years to come. The executive also added that Alfa’s future plans to build a large, rear-wheel drive sedan, would “undoubtedly link to an architecture shared with Maserati.” He also added that the car might be built in a collaboration with Maserati and could be large enough to be a chauffeur-driven model.
The rumors about an upcoming Alfa Romeo crossover were shot down by Mr. Marchionne as he dismissed any future plans regarding such model. Also, when asked about the refusal to sell the brand to Volkswagen, Marchionne said “Simply because there are some things that are not for sale. If you went to [VW Chairman] Ferdinand Piech and you asked to buy Audi, he would tell you it’s not for sale.” He summed up by commenting ” I have zero interest in selling Alfa. Period.”
Source: Automotive News
According to Reuters, Fiat officials say they have no plans to partner-up with Mazda right now. Instead, the Italian automaker will focus its efforts on increasing its share of Chrysler to more than 60 percent. At the moment, Fiat owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler, and has made it clear so far that they would like to turn that figure into 100 percent.
Fiat and Mazda recently announced a plan to partner on the development of a new convertible sports car platform that will serve as the basis for both the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and the new Alfa Romeo Spider. That partnership led analysts to speculate on a potential investment deal between Mazda and Chrysler but in the end, both companies have dismissed the notion.
Right now, Fiat has no interest in investing in Mazda but there’s nothing saying that once Chrysler is back and steady on it’s own two feet again, Fiat wouldn’t revisit the idea of a Japanese partner. The Alfa Spider was a beautiful concept though.
The Fiat Group and Mazda have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and production of a new roadster model for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands based on the rear-wheel drive architecture of the next MX-5. The Alfa Romeo’s successor to the Spider will be a global model and it will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan, with production set for the Italian model to begin in 2015. If everything goes as planned, the Alfa Romeo Spider will be available for the European markets and in North America too.
The last Alfa Romeo roadster with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, ( except the limited production 8C Competizione Spider and the RZ ) was the classic Spider built from 1966 to 1993.
The next two generations of the Spider (based on the GTV and the Brera coupes) had a front engine and front-wheel drive layout.
The final agreement is expected be signed in the second-half of 2012 and, the two automakers say, they have also agreed to discuss further opportunities for co-operation in Europe.
The German specialists back at Wheelsandmore came up with an aftermarket package for the 500 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The new look includes a white foil wrap with black and red racing stripes running from bumper to bumper, black tailpipes and a pair of 21-inch 6Sporz2 forged alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook S1Evo tires size ( 245/30 21 on the front axle and 345/25 21 on the rear.)
Under the bonnet, the Alfa 8C Competizione had it’s V8 engine tweaked so now it brings it’s output from 444HP (450PS) and 480Nm (354 lb-ft) to 474HP (480PS) and 520Nm (383 lb-ft). The tuner also added a new coilover suspension and a new hand-made sports exhaust system.
Although they believe this tuning package can convince at least a few of the Alfa 8C Competizione owners, Wheelsandmore did not announce pricing details.