Alfa Romeo has been delighting motorists for 108 years with their Italian style, performance, technology and driving pleasure. This year, visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show will see the brand’s evolution towards more extreme performance, exclusiveness and the opportunity for owners to customise their Alfa Romeo with details reserved for top fashion houses.
All eyes will be on the exciting Nürburgring Editions of Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Giulia Quadrifoglio sporting the “NRING” badge, of which 108 of each will be made, one for each year of the history of Alfa Romeo. This special Nürburgring Edition celebrates the SUV capable of doing a lap of the legendary circuit in 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, the fastest time ever in its class and the record-holding standard production four-door saloon recording with a lap time of 7 minutes 32seconds .
Racing track thrills will be found in the Quadrifoglio area and will continue in the space dedicated to Giulia Veloce Ti and to Stelvio Super with Sport Pack, the new limited slip differential and new leather dashboard and door panels. The more elegant side of the brand is expressed by the Lusso Pack on Stelvio and Giulia, while its sporty, bespoke spirit is embodied by the 4C range, with the “Competizione” and “Italia” special editions created for Coupé and Spider.
The Nürburgring Edition Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio “NRING”
The stars of the Alfa Romeo stand will be the Nürburgring Edition Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio “NRING” and Giulia Quadrifoglio “NRING”, two limited-edition, special series created to celebrate the records recorded by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track. Stelvio holds the record for the fastest SUV in its segment, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds, equipped with the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering 510hp and 600Nm of torque, powering on to a top speed of 176mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds. Giulia Quadrifoglio is the record-holder for standard production four-door saloon, with a lap time of 7 minutes 32seconds. achieved thanks to its superlative handling, top speed of 191mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in 3.9 seconds.
Just 108 of each model will be made for collectors and the most loyal Alfa Romeo customers. The new limited editions have exclusive contents, including a numbered badge in the carbon fibre dashboard insert and a Circuito Grey livery, exclusive to this limited edition.
Building on the standard Quadrifoglio specification, the “NRING”special series includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar® automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts as standard. The front badge and the mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, like the side skirt inserts, while tinted windows, active cruise control, Harman Kardon premium audio package, and AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and DAB complete the package. The Giulia version also includes a new bare carbon roof.
It is no coincidence that these two outstanding cars bear the name of the famous German circuit: Alfa Romeo cars started to record victories at the Nürburgring in the 1930s, in the hands of world class drivers such as Tazio Nuvolari, who won the German Grand Prix at the wheel of a 8C 2300 Tipo Monza in 1932 and a Tipo B-P3 in 1935. Other memorable years were 1966, when the Giulia Sprint GTA became the first GT to make it round the ‘Ring in under ten minutes, and 1975, when the 33 TT 12 driven by Arturo Merzario triumphed in Germany before going on to win the World Sportscar Championship. Last but not least, on June 10, 1993, Nicola Larini’s 155 V6 Ti won both heats of the most prestigious race of the “DTM” championship, held on the Nürburgring circuit. The Italian driver repeated Nuvolari’s feat by winning the race with a crushing victory over the other cars, all of them German.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super with the new Performance Pack
The Geneva stand also proudly displays two Stelvio cars equipped with 2.0 Turbo petrol powerplant, in 200hp and 280hp versions, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. The engine is a 4-cylinder unit built entirely in aluminium with carbon drive shaft. Its distinctive features include MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve actuation system and 200-bar high-pressure direct injection, which combine to deliver a snappy accelerator response across the rev range, in addition to first-class fuel-efficiency.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio with 2.0 280hp Turbo Petrol engine, with peak torque of 400Nm at 2,250rpm, is best in class for acceleration, powering from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and going on to a top speed of 143mph. Alongside it, a car with the same engine in 200hp version: maximum torque of 330Nm at 1,750rpm and top speed of 134mph, with acceleration from zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds.
Two new features are debuting on the two cars on show, namely the new leather dashboard and door panels and the limited slip differential and self-locking rear mechanical differential, in combination with Alfa Active Suspension. Alfa Active Suspension dynamically adapts its respond to driving conditions, the selected AlfaTM DNA mode and the driver’s preferences. The self-locking rear differential guarantees perfect traction for a smooth driving experience, emphasising the agility of the car.
The two cars on show are enhanced by two packs which underline the multifaceted character of the Alfa Romeo SUV, equally at home in sporting and luxurious interpretations. The former, with 280hp engine and Competizione Red livery, fits a Sport Pack comprising aluminium inserts, aluminium pedals, sports steering wheel and red brake callipers. Other features include leather seats and dashboard with grey stitching, privacy glass and roof bars. Next to it sits a 200hp Stelvio Super with a luxurious soul, in Vulcano Black with beige leather seats and dashboard and Silverwood inserts, sports 20-inch alloy wheels by Mopar with black painted callipers.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti, equipped with 280hp turbo petrol engine combined with 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive (available with RWD in UK), will also make its debut. The time-honoured “Ti” badge, standing for “Turismo internazionale”, has always been reserved for the most lavishly equipped, extreme versions.
The Giulia Ti, presented in Racing Red livery, is the most exclusive version in the range, combining the Giulia Veloce’s sporty flavour with an even more alluring style, enhanced standard equipment and the very latest technology. A contrasting black roof, leather dashboard with carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara seats with black stitching combine with carbon details, including backlit kick plates with Alfa Romeo logo, the “V” of the front cloverleaf, gear knob insert and mirror caps. The side skirts with carbon insert and the rear spoiler are inspired by the Quadrifoglio and the 19-inch burnished alloy 5-spoke wheels with red brake callipers are a nod to Alfa Romeo’s racing heritage.
The standard equipment list is completed by the Alfa™ Connect 3D infotainment system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and 8.8-inch 3D navigation system with DAB, active cruise control, tinted windows and the Harman Kardon premium audio package.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super
The Giulia Veloce Ti is partnered by a Giulia Super in Vulcano Black with the one-of-a-kind Luxury Pack, which comprises of beige leather interior with real grey oak wood inserts. This model has 18-inch alloy wheels with black painted brake callipers and is ideal for those wishing to enjoy the performance of Giulia in peerless comfort and luxury. Under the bonnet is the 200hp supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine with automatic transmission.
4C “Competizione” and “Italia” special series
The Alfa Romeo stand will also showcase the 4C, which expresses the racing spirit that is part of the Alfa Romeo DNA on the road. The 4C Coupé “Competizione” has strong racing connotations while the 4C Spider “Italia” has a more elegant, refined character.
The “Competizione” is available in matte Vesuvio Grey, combined with an exclusive livery designed especially for this configuration. As well as the body shell, additional carbon details can be seen on the roof, rear spoiler, mirror caps, side air vents and headlight moulding. A body-colour front bumper with air vent, dark-finish five-spoke wheels with red brake callipers, 18-inch at the front and 19-inch at the back, and the Akrapovič titanium central tailpipe with dual mode and carbon trim complete the look. The racing mood continues inside the cockpit with leather and microfiber seats with red stitching, a racing steering wheel, a numbered badge on the central tunnel, denoting the limited series of just 108 cars, and an aluminium “Competizione” plaque on the dashboard.
The Spider “Italia” special series is identified by the Misano Blue bodywork, exclusive to the 108 cars in this collectors’ version. On the outside, eye-catching features include the asymmetric five-spoke wheels, 18-inch at the front and 19-inch at the rear, with yellow brake callipers to match the stitching on the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. The side proudly displays an exclusive “Spider Italia” sticker in the colours of the Italian flag. The 4C Spider Italia’s standard equipment includes Akrapovič titanium central twin tailpipes with dual mode function and carbon trim. The equipment is completed by Alpine premium Hi-Fi system, with subwoofer, numbered badge on the central tunnel and aluminium “Italia” dashboard plaque.
The cars are both powered by an all-aluminium 240hp 1,750cc Turbo petrol engine, with intercooler and continuous twin phase variators. Combined with the TCT automatic transmission, it delivers supercar performance: weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg/hp, top speed of 160mph (159mph for the 4C Spider), zero to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds, lateral acceleration of 1.1g and maximum braking deceleration of 1.25g. This performance is aided by the use of ultralight materials, including carbon fibre for the shell, aluminium for the front and rear subframes and SMC (low density compound) for the bodywork.