Alfa Romeo at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show
Alfa Romeo cars have been delighting motorists for over a century with their beauty and Italian style, which evoke the performance, technology and driving pleasure waiting to be unleashed at the turn of the ignition key. This year, visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show will clearly see that the brand has evolved even further, and in many different directions.
Nothing expresses the importance of extreme performance in the Alfa Romeo DNA better than the brand’s return to Formula 1, and the 2019 season will see the team competing at the highest level of motorsports under the Alfa Romeo Racing name, lining up an Italian driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, alongside World Champion Kimi Räikkönen.
The Geneva stand will display the team’s car, a perfect symbol of the unbreakable bond with the racetrack that underlies the special ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio limited editions, each with their own distinctive livery.
There’s further evolution in the area of exclusiveness, with the return of the historic “Turismo Internazionale” name, awarded to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti, a new trim that represents the height of sportiness, which will be displayed alongside the Giulia Veloce Ti.
The new 2019 Giulietta offers an even more tailored approach, with a choice of five trims and six accessory packs, meaning that everyone will now be able to express their personality through their car. Showcased on the stand will be an elegant Giulietta Executive with Visconti Green paintwork, and a sporty Giulietta Veloce.
When it comes to customisation, the stand features the very best, with a display of accessories created by Mopar®, the brand dedicated to service, parts, accessories and customer care for all FCA vehicles.
Finally, more important and exciting news for the future will be revealed during the press conference scheduled for Tuesday March 5.
The Limited Edition ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Special Series
The true stars of the display will undoubtedly be the ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio special series, both of which will be produced in limited editions of just ten cars.
These ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ limited editions celebrate Alfa Romeo’s ever-deepening participation and involvement in the Formula 1 world championship, in partnership with Sauber. From this year, the team has taken the new official name of ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’, with the highly significant add-on of “since 1910”. What better way could there be to proudly assert that the history of Alfa Romeo, founded on 24 June 1910, is firmly rooted in motorsports?
Just one year after it was founded, Alfa Romeo made its debut in an official competition, winning the first Regularity Race in Modena. Since then, its sporting legend includes a string of victories and top-three finishes in many international championships, including Formula 1. The synergy between Sauber and Alfa Romeo, title sponsor since 2018, drove the progression of the team which finished the 2018 season in the eighth place.
Today, the technical and commercial bonds between the two partners are being consolidated even further under the same management and ownership. Alfa Romeo Racing sees them sharing the same goals – to achieve ambitious results and confidently aim to win races.
Visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show will be able to admire the team’s car, which will be driven this season by 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen and young Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi, whose presence is a source of national pride, because it is eight years since an Italian driver has regularly appeared in Formula 1. Next to the Formula 1 car, the ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Quadrifoglio special editions feature the exact same livery.
These special editions, featuring exclusive paintwork, are a tribute to the Alfa Romeo Racing C38, and packed with unique styling features, such as Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structures, Mopar automatic transmission knobs with carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara steering wheels, also with carbon inserts. Special celebratory badges with the Alfa Romeo Racing logo make a statement inside.
The excitement of the racetrack is expressed by technical details such as the exposed carbon fibre roof on the Giulia, the burnished alloy wheels (19-inch on the Giulia and 20-inch on the Stelvio) and red brake callipers.
The special editions are also equipped with exclusive Akrapovi? titanium exhausts that emphasise the deep and bold sound of their 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo engines, which have been specially tuned by Alfa Romeo engineers to increase power output. The adoption of a titanium exhaust, braking system with carbon-ceramic discs and Sparco seats with carbon shells also makes them much lighter than their normal production counterparts. Carbon is also widely used on the mirror caps, ‘V’ insert in the front trefoil, side skirt inserts and kick plates (on Giulia).
Both of the ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ limited editions are also come with with tinted windows, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a Harman Kardon premium audio package, and the Alfa 3D Nav infotainment system with an 8.8-inch / 223.5 mm screen, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and DAB radio.
Under the skin is the epitome of technical design and performance characteristic of all models bearing the legendary Quadrifoglio four leaf clover badge that has been the symbol of Alfa Romeo since 1923.
For example, on Stelvio, for the first time, the 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo powerplant is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, which guarantees unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all conditions and situations. Both cars also incorporate Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control, which coordinates all of the on-board electronic systems to deliver the best performance and the utmost driving pleasure at all times.
In detail, this system manages specific tasks and simultaneously assigns them to the various active systems, such as Q4 all-wheel drive (on Stelvio Quadrifoglio), Alfa™ Active Torque Vectoring system, Alfa™ Active Suspension, ESC and Alfa™ DNA Pro selector with Race function.
Torque Vectoring technology optimises the drive distribution of the Stelvio and Giulia, accentuating their sporting character. The two electronically controlled clutches in the Torque Vectoring system make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately, ensuring optimal power transfer to the ground even when the car is pushed to its dynamic limits – so driving is safe and fun without ever running up against an invasive stability control system.
The standard 8-speed ZF automatic transmission is specifically calibrated to shift in just 150 milliseconds when in Race mode. It also has a lock-up clutch to give the driver a powerful, precise feeling of in-gear acceleration. Depending on the DNA mode setting, the new automatic transmission optimises fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments, including around town, further improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
So the excellence on offer is not just in performance – both the Alfa Romeo sports SUV and the sedan are also incredibly efficient in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency, also thanks to their electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and sailing function, which are available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode. Last but not least, to maximise the driving experience, they are both equipped with paddle shifters machined from solid aluminium which are integrated into the steering column.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti
The Geneva stand will also proudly display a Stelvio equipped with the 280 hp 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol powerplant, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. The engine is a 4-cylinder unit built entirely in aluminium with a carbon drive shaft.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio with the 2.0-litre 280 hp Turbo Petrol engine (peak torque of 400 Nm at 2,250 rpm) is best-in-class in terms of acceleration, powering from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 230 km/h.
The model on display proudly bears the historic Ti, “Turismo Internazionale” acronym, which is only ever awarded to the most lavishly equipped, high-tech Alfa Romeos, and its high level of standard contents are sure to meet the highest expectations.
The stylish personalisation of the SUV on show is truly unique – Misano Blue livery, combined with new burnished rear light clusters and luxurious trims, plus the widespread use of carbon. Both the “V” of the front cloverleaf and the mirror caps are in this material. There is also a shift towards shades of black, with other content – such as the powerful 20-inch alloy wheels with yellow sports brake callipers, exterior window frames and tailpipes in gloss black – plus the dark “Stelvio” and “Q4” badges and privacy glazing.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti, equipped with a 280 hp turbo petrol powerplant combined with 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive, is a perfect embodiment of the technical and automotive excellence of the Giulia range. The Giulia Ti, presented in Misano Blue livery, is the most exclusive version in the range – successfully combining the Giulia Veloce’s sporty flavour with alluring style, a rich standard outfit and the very latest technology, it is a close sister to the Quadrifoglio, with which it shares several styling features. The black roof, leather-clad dashboard with carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara seats with black stitching all immediately catch the eye, as well as many carbon details styled by Mopar, such as the backlit kick plates with Alfa Romeo logo, the “V” of the front cloverleaf, gear knob insert and mirror caps. The side skirts with carbon inserts and the rear spoiler are quintessential Quadrifoglio elements, while the 19-inch burnished alloy 5-spoke wheels with yellow brake callipers are another real racing style feature.
The sporty personality of this model is further underlined by the extreme care and attention taken to details and the extensive use of carbon fibre. The configuration is completed by the Alfa 3D NAV infotainment system with 8.8” / 223.5 mm screen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and DAB, adaptive cruise control, tinted windows and Harman Kardon premium audio package.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Executive
The stand will also be adorned by the new Giulietta Executive, which previews the new Visconti Green paintwork and an interior that features Chocolate leather upholstery, door panels and dashboard insert. It is intended for those seeking the utmost distinction and supremely exclusive finishes – satin-finish “V” grille and headlight bezels, chrome mirror caps, handles and rear bumper finish, plus chrome-plated window frames and Giulietta badge.
The interior puts the emphasis clearly on comfort, expressed through the connectivity of the 6.5-inch / 165 mm Uconnect® Radio-Nav system, rear armrest, rain and twilight sensors, electro-chrome interior rearview mirror, electric door mirrors and front and rear parking sensors. The trim is completed by the sunroof and the new 18-inch light alloy wheels with a five double-spoke pattern and burnished diamond finish.
Under the bonnet is a 120 hp Euro 6D-temp 1.6-litre Multijet engine with Alfa TCT automatic transmission. Thanks to the Alfa DNA driving mode selector, the driver can adjust the car’s dynamic handling by modifying the engine torque, brakes (via the Pre-Fill device), TCT transmission shifting logics, accelerator response, ESC control system, Alfa Q2 electronic self-locking differential and ASR traction control. The driver can activate three different modes, depending on road conditions and his own driving style.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce
The new Giulietta Veloce sees sportiness raised to its highest level, now with an even more aggressive look and technical content for superlative, uncompromising handling.
Key external features include new sports bumpers and yellow oversize Brembo braking system, micalised glossy black mirror caps, handles, front grille and fog light bezel, plus oversize twin tailpipes. The external finishing touches are completed by side skirts, tinted windows and new gloss back 18-inch light alloy wheels with five double spokes.
On the inside, the sporty character of the new Giulietta Veloce is strengthened by new Alcantara and fabric seats with contrasting yellow stitching and head restraints with Alfa Romeo logo, aluminium pedals and kick plate, matte anthracite mouldings and contoured sports steering wheel with yellow stitching, which also features on the transmission knob and hand brake.
The Giulietta Veloce is powered by the new 170 hp 6D-temp 2.0-litre JTDTM engine with six-speed Alfa TCT automatic transmission. The up and down positions of the accurate and ergonomic gear stick are controlled manually by the driver, while shift paddles on the steering wheel can be used as an alternative.
Rounding things off, the Tech Pack offers the Alfa 7-inch / 177.8mm infotainment system by Alpine, which is Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ ready, and also includes rearview camera, parking sensors and USB-HDMI inputs. With Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, the new Giulietta Veloce guarantees total, user-friendly, safe access to smartphone functions, directly on the car’s own display.
A special area of the Alfa Romeo stand will be dedicated to a selection of merchandise created with partners of excellence to reassert the key values of the brand beyond the cars themselves.
First is a limited-edition chronograph created by Eberhard & Co. so that owners can enjoy the Quadrifoglio experience second after second. Distinguished, just like Alfa Romeo, by constant technical research and attention to detail, the time-honoured Swiss watchmaker interpreted the legendary emblem that characterises the fastest Alfa Romeo cars, making it an integral part of the sophisticated mechanism of the watch.
What better way to honour the sporty attitude of Giulia and Stelvio than to combine the tradition of two classic brands characterised by tradition and performance in a valuable object of everyday use?
Alfa Romeo fans enjoy driving in all conditions, and resulting from a collaboration with Compagnia Ducale, they can also do so on the new Alfa Romeo Dolomiti e-MTB, a bicycle that combines ease of use with remarkable versatility. It brings together the agility of the most advanced mountain bikes with the auxiliary boost of an electric motor for long and exciting rides, even off-road. A 500Wh battery is fully concealed inside the frame of the bicycle and guarantees great freedom. Like a tender for a yacht, it is the perfect complement for every Alfa Romeo. Light, practical, fast and eco-friendly, it is ready for exciting leisure activities.
Finally, the new Alfa Romeo Racing collection, dedicated to Formula 1, is also being introduced.
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