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2018 Mille Miglia: Second Stage

2018 Mille Miglia: Second Stage

Yesterday, the caravan threaded its way down the Italian peninsula from Milano Marittima to Rome
The excitement of the race mingled with the beauty of the landscapes, making a truly thrilling day
At Pesaro, two and four wheels met in a warm embrace, as the town also welcomed the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia, for which Alfa Romeo is the official car
After San Marino and lunch at Arezzo, the views of the Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno were followed by an evening parade along Via Veneto in Rome
The “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places” project, retracing the most significant stages in the brand's history at the Mille Miglia 90 years after its first victory, is now online

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The overnight stay at Milano Marittima was a short one and the caravan was on the move again at first light. The rain, which had been very testing for the crews, especially in Ferrara, had given way to hazy sunshine and was greeted with pleasure by the drivers and navigators. The second stage was long and demanding, leading to the turnaround point in Rome. The distance was not particularly long considering the number of hours at the wheel, but the average speeds set were low and the race passed through many town centers, where the competitors received an enthusiastic welcome from fans. Leaving the centre of Milano Marittima behind, the route led across the Salina Park in Cervia before joining the Via Romea Sud, while the sun rose over the Adriatic and Cesenatico, Bellaria, Rimini and Riccione slipped by along the coast.

At Pesaro, the changing of the guard between the Mille Miglia and Giro d'Italia
The caravan traveled from Gabicce Mare to Gabicce Monte, with a time trial on the Via Panoramica, followed by another at Casteldimezzo. The cars then crossed the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park to Pesaro, known as "Bicycle City" because of the vast network of cycle tracks that criss-cross the surrounding area. But this passion for two wheels shared space with cars, and the arrival of the "Red Arrow" was welcomed by a crowd in celebratory mood on Piazza del Popolo on a very special day for Pesaro: yesterday it also welcomed the passage of the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia, another event in which Alfa Romeo plays a major role.

In fact, Giulia and Stelvio are the official cars of the pink-jersey race, in a partnership that unites two world-famous symbols of Italian identity. Cycle bells replied to the ringing car horns and the caravan proceeded north with the ascent to San Marino. Here, it gave the compulsory salute to the tiny Republic perched on Monte Titano and San Marino replied with its customary warmth, amply rewarding the climb and the many bends.

Sansepolcro and Arezzo, where past and future meet
It was almost lunchtime as the cars approached the streets of Arezzo, passing through Sansepolcro, famously known as the birthplace of Piero della Francesca. His wonderful works offer an admirable blend of art and geometry and seem to mediate between tradition and modernity. This alchemy is also very much present in the motoring world and the Mille Miglia is a fine example: along the 47 historic official and privately owned historic cars taking part, Alfa Romeo has also lined up the best of current production as Official Cars for the event. Watching the passage of the "Red Arrow" is therefore an ideal way of getting first-hand experience of the brand's DNA, steeped in history and competition and with the vigour of a legendary past. For an enthralling look back over the brand's successes 90 years after its first victory, the “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places" project is now online.

From small fortified towns to the Eternal City
After the break in Arezzo, it was time to be off again: this was the halfway point and now the route headed for Rome. The shores of Lake Trasimeno led to Castiglione del Lago, one of Italy's loveliest historic towns. Then came the streets of Orvieto, before heading for the open country. Umbrian specialities were to the fore in Orvieto and also at Baschi, where there was a new time trial. Through their car windows, drivers could see green countryside and hear a silence only broken by the gentle rustle of vegetation and the roar of engines. Time-keeping was a constant, but did not prevent participants from enjoying the views and appreciating the beauties of the landscape.

The first crews reached Via Veneto in Rome at 8.25 p.m. This is the city of the "dolce vita" and in spite of the long hours at the wheel, the excitement of the crowd took the drivers back in spirit to the 1950s, when beauty was everything and love of the good life reigned supreme. It seemed that the paparazzi's cameras should start flashing at any moment, and it was no coincidence that the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider and 1956 Super Sprint were very much at home in this setting, as befits timeless divas.
 

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2018 Mille Miglia: The Third Stage

2018 Mille Miglia: The Third Stage

An exciting stage from Rome to Parma has been run over the historic Mille Miglia roads, but there are more thrills still in store.
To mark the ninetieth anniversary of Alfa Romeo's first victory, late this morning the race will pay a celebratory visit to Milan and to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo at Arese, where time trials will be held on the internal circuit.
Drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc from the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team currently taking part in the 2018 Formula 1 championship will also be present.
The “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places” project, retracing the most significant stages in the brand's history at the Mille Miglia, ninety years after its first victory, is now online.


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The Mille Miglia bid farewell to Rome in the early morning, in bright sunlight. Amongst the many small popular miracles ascribed to the Red Arrow is the unique ability to cut through the morning traffic on Rome's infamously busy ring-road, the Grande Raccordo Annulare. The passion is such that this year drivers were once again happy to forget the busy day ahead and enjoy the wonderful sight of the "travelling museum" going by. They were also admiring glances and great interest for Giulia and Stelvio, which belong to the official fleet of 30 vehicles that the brand is making available to the organizers as official cars.

To mark the 90th anniversary of Alfa Romeo's first victory in the Mille Miglia, today sees the launch of the “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places” project, retracing history through some key locations.

Road book in hand, the caravan headed for the Lake Bracciano Regional Natural Park and along the shores of Lake Vico, the highest of Italy's major lakes. It is more than 500 metres above sea level, and there was almost a bite in the air. The roads were an open invitation to the drivers to take every bend in the style required by the test stages held here and on Monte Cimino. The umbrella pines of the Parco de’ Medici gave way to dense greenery along the roadsides and, after Viterbo, to the beautiful Tuscan hills.

It would be impossible to provide a detailed description of every town the Mille Miglia crosses, but the festive mood that reigned in every single place was always unique and unforgettable. The first of these warm welcomes was on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, at Ronciglione, and it included the irresistible, carefree, slightly gap-toothed smiles of primary school children in their blue and pink uniforms, waving Mille Miglia flags as the cars went by.

The morning flew by as quickly and pleasantly as the tail wind along the route from Lake Bolseno to Tuscany. An endless sequence of enjoyment and bends, in marvellous settings that almost began to deceive the senses. The roar of the engines between Radicofani and Siena had the ring of a declaration of love to Italy. And it doesn't matter if the cylinders occasionally sound off-key: grateful thanks still go to the hard, and often nocturnal, work of the mechanics who work with the delicacy of someone tuning a precise musical instrument. The passion was requited in Piazza del Campo, the culmination of the morning's racing, before lunch in the fortified village of Monteriggioni.

The road book is the musical score, and there are no fill-in passages: every moment of the Mille Miglia is crucial. The kilometres rolled by quickly amidst the hills, vineyards and rocks, on roads where the history of Italian and international motorsports were written. The cars passed San Miniato and reached Lucca, the city of Giacomo Puccini. Constant passion, a fast-moving musical language, heart-rending motifs, clashing harmonies: coined to describe Tosca, these phrases apply equally well to an automotive race. Then Lucca was left behind and the Tyrrhenian Sea came into view; from Pietrasanta the route led down to the coast road, and then through Forte dei Marmi and Marina di Massa, lit by the setting sun. This was the picture postcard with which the race said goodbye to Tuscany to enter Sarzana, a major cross-roads ever since its foundation.

There was still a long way to go before Parma, and the high Cisa Pass to be climbed. It was late, but crowds worthy of a Grand Prix were still lining the road, thrilled and excited to see so many cars. Keen spectators, waving their encouragement to the drivers. Drivers whose performance, after fifteen hours at the wheel, was verging on the heroic. The road straightened out after Taro and from Collecchio the finishing point, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, was finally in view. At the end of the stage, curiosity about placings started to penetrate the mists of fatigue, and the intimate satisfaction of finally removing driving gloves was tinged with melancholy: Brescia was drawing nearer and nearer. However, this year, as an additional celebration for the ninetieth anniversary of Alfa Romeo's first victory, this morning the race will pay a celebratory visit to Milan and to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo at Arese, where time trials will be held on the internal circuit with drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc, from the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team currently taking part in the 2018 Formula 1 championship, also present.
 

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The 2018 Mille Miglia is a triumph for Alfa Romeo

The 2018 Mille Miglia is a triumph for Alfa Romeo

A wonderful day for Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia concludes with its cars in the top three places
The race caravan paid a celebratory visit to Milan and to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo at Arese, where time trials were held on the internal circuit
Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc, the drivers of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, were also present, driving a 1932 Gran Premio Tipo B and a 1955 750 Competizione
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team drivers later greeted the cars on arrival in Brescia
The interweaving of past and future continues on the web thanks to the “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places” project, which retraces the most significant stages in the brand's history at the Mille Miglia, 90 years after its first victory


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1928 was the year of Alfa Romeo's first win at the Mille Miglia, and 2018 has seen a record-breaking edition with 450 teams competing and three Alfa Romeo cars taking the top three places: confirmation of the brand's unbreakable bond with "the most beautiful race in the world." Alfa Romeo therefore starred at the event as protagonist in this prestigious milestone, as Automotive Sponsor, and as the winner of the top prizes on Viale Venezia in Brescia: the 2018 Mille Miglia was won by the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS Testa Fissa crewed by Tonconogy-Ruffini.

In second place, just eight penalty points behind the victor, the stunning 6C 1500 Super Sport dating from 1928 with coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina, an official car from the FCA Heritage collection, which is normally on display at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo. The car carried the race number 30, also worn by its sister that won the first Alfa Romeo victory in the Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi in 1928. It was driven in the event by Giovanni Moceri, with navigator Daniele Bonetti. Giovanni Moceri is current holder of the Italian Grandi Eventi ACI Sport Champion title and already has victories in Italy's biggest historic regularity competitions to his name, from the Mille Miglia to the Targa Florio and the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti.

In third place, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato driven by Vesco-Guerini.

The Alfa Romeo cars entered by FCA Heritage finished in very creditable positions, and all concluded the 36th historic re-evocation of the Mille Miglia by completing the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia course.

So this 2018 edition has definitely earned a place in Alfa Romeo's history, and the “Alfa Romeo: the Mille Miglia in 90 places” project has just been launched to trace the most significant stages of the brand's history at the Mille Miglia.
 

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Alfa Romeo 4C Likely Getting a Backup Camera

Alfa Romeo 4C Likely Getting a Backup Camera



May 17, 2018


As of May 1, 2018, all new cars are required to come standard with a backup camera.

That left us wondering what would happen to the Alfa Romeo 4C. The 2,300-lb sports car doesn’t come with a display screen and doesn’t have a backup camera, so Fiat Chrysler can either choose to update the car with a screen and camera, or kill it off.

We reached out to Alfa Romeo for comment on the future of the 4C, and it sounds as though FCA will instead choose to update the sports car.

“We haven’t announced any plans to stop production of the Alfa Romeo 4C and, as always, we will make sure all of our vehicles comply with all regulatory requirements,” an Alfa Romeo spokesperson said in a statement.

The quote isn’t completely telling, but it does seem as though Alfa Romeo is leaning toward updating the 4C with a backup camera. Additionally, a report from 2017 indicated the vehicle would receive a heavy update for 2019 that would include updated suspension and steering, and perhaps an updated engine as well.

Alfa Romeo lead engineer Roberto Fedeli was previously quoted in saying that Alfa Romeo was “coming back to Formula 1,” and that it needs the 4C to serve as a “halo car,” to coincide with the sponsorship. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team is off to a good start in 2018, so this would seem like a poor time to kill off the most performance-focused car in its lineup.

The 2019 model year Alfa Romeo 4C is rumored to debut sometime this fall. It may appear before then, however, with Alfa Romeo said to be planning a large, multi-model media unveiling event this June at FCA’s Balocco test track in Italy.


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Mid Engine Alfa Romeo 8C Supercar, Giulia GTV Coupe Confirmed

Mid Engine Alfa Romeo 8C Supercar, Giulia GTV Coupe Confirmed

Jun 01, 2018




Fiat Chrysler presented its highly anticipated future product strategy today and the Italian-American automaker didn?t disappoint.

Part of its five-year plan will include a wide expansion of its Alfa Romeo premium brand. The most exciting products in Alfa?s future strategy will be the 600+ hp Giulia-based GTV Coupe and a 700+ HP 8C supercar with a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged engine.




The GTV Coupe will likely tap the Giorgio rear-wheel drive platform that currently serves in the sedan, along with the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. But with an electric drive system applied to the front axle, the two-door will make over 600 hp and will feature all-wheel drive. It will also have 50:50 weight distribution and seating for four.

The 8C, meanwhile, will be a mid-engine supercar with a carbon fiber monocoque much like the 4C?s. It will also feature a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged engine, likely the 2.9-liter V6, along with an electrified front axle. FCA claims it will make over 700 hp and will be able to hustle from 0-60 mph in under three seconds.

Alfa?s five-year plan also includes the introduction of a new Giulietta hatchback, a new compact utility vehicle, next-generation versions of the Giulia and Stelvio and a BMW X5-sized utility vehicle. It also appears as though the company wants to offer the Giulia and Stelvio in long wheelbase form, potentially in an attempt to woo American and Chinese buyers with a penchant for larger vehicles.




The Alfa lineup will also be 100% electrified going forward. Either FCA?s 48V system or a full hybrid system will appear in all of its future vehicles. The company wants all of its future cars to have SAE Level 3 or Level 4 autonomy as well.

It says two of the products will be focused to regional areas to meet specific needs. If we had to wager, we?d say the compact utility vehicle and next-generation Giulietta will be European products only.

All of these products are set to come to market by 2022.


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Alfa Romeo Giulia Wins 25th Edition of “Compasso d’Oro ADI” Award

Alfa Romeo Giulia Wins 25th Edition of “Compasso d’Oro ADI” Award

Award ceremony for the prestigious prize, created in 1954, took place yesterday at Castello Sforzesco – Cortile della Rocchetta in Milan
During the ceremony, the public admired a Giulia Quadrifoglio and a 4C Spider “Italia,” two cars that express the racing spirit that runs in the Alfa Romeo DNA


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The Alfa Romeo Giulia won the 25th edition of the “Compasso d’Oro ADI,” the most prestigious world design award. Created in 1954, the Compasso d'Oro ADI Award is assigned on the basis of a pre-selection made by the ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association) Osservatorio Permanente del Design, which consists of a committee of experts, designers, critics, historians and specialist journalists, all continuously working, year after year, to gather information and assess the best products.

Giulia, like every Alfa Romeo, springs from the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty that makes it the highest expression of Italian style in the automotive world. It incorporates all the distinguishing features of quintessential Italian style and unique Alfa Romeo elements: impeccable sense of proportions, simplicity and superior surface quality finish for an innovative design that is faithful to a universally appreciated tradition.


Proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car and are a direct consequence of the latter, while stylistic details are sculpted on its mechanics. The new Giulia stands out for its short front overhang, long bonnet and long front wings, retracted passenger compartment settled on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings, which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road. Elongated tail typical of rear-wheel-drive cars balances proportions and guarantees an adequate boot capacity. This general profile springs from the adoption of a longitudinal front engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. Engine and mechanical components are arranged to ensure a perfect weight balance. This results in an extremely generous wheelbase packaged in a compact body. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. In addition, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car, creating a “drop-shaped” profile that is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

A second aspect of the Italian style is "simplicity" capable of enshrouding what is in fact one of the most complex creative processes in the industry – designing a car. It is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line that enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. Alfa Romeo design has always been expressed by means of clean, hand-drawn lines paired seamlessly with pure, hand-sculpted surfaces. Once again, the new Giulia boasts a strong identity drawn in a few simple, sophisticated strokes. A line gouged along the sides marks the doors and envelops the handles and naturally, the legendary trefoil nose – arguably the most famous, recognisable style element in automotive history. Another characteristic trait is quality, which satisfies both sight and touch, and creates rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes of the car. Outside, the shape of the new Giulia is statuesque, recalling a big cat just about to pounce.

An essential component in the design of the new Giulia, which inspired its design, is the driver. The interior of the car focuses on driving satisfaction in a clean and essential way: the presence of non-invasive technology can be perceived among the instruments that pivot around the driver. The tunnel is diagonal, the dashboard slightly undulated and the steering wheel, which groups together all the main controls, is small and straightforward, suitable for any driving style. The whole package is framed by fine materials, picked for their tactile and visual impact and assembled with bespoke care.

The prestigious award was given yesterday at the Castello Sforzesco – Cortile della Rocchetta in Milan, where the public admired an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the most powerful street-legal sedan ever created by Alfa Romeo, together with an exclusive 4C Spider “Italia” special edition.

The first fits an all-aluminum twin-turbo V-6 engine, delivering 505 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The weight-to-power ratio at the top of its category comes courtesy of the expansive use of materials, such as carbon fibre, for the roof, bonnet, front splitter, rear nolder and skirt side inserts.

A 4C Spider “Italia” will be shown next to the Giulia. This special edition sports the Misano Blue bodywork with gloss black inserts on the bumper exclusive to the 108 cars in this collectors' version. On the outside, eye-catching features include the iconic Alfa Romeo five-spoke wheels, 18-inch at the front and 19-inch at the rear, and the yellow brake calipers that match the stitching on the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. The side proudly displays an exclusive "Spider Italia" sticker in the three colours of the Italian flag. The standard outfit of the 4C Spider "Italia" includes Akrapovic 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.

About Alfa Romeo
Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles.

Born from the world’s greatest driving road – the Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be Italian. The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio – on sale in early 2018 – holds the Nürburgring record for the fastest production SUV with a lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio conquers the winding road for which it is named.

As the first of a new generation of vehicles on the all-new Giorgio platform, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti sedans deliver race-inspired performance with a class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies that include the available Q4 AWD system, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. As the “halo” model in the lineup, the Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s motorsport knowhow with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that earns the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with a class-leading 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, plus it enabled a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7:32 – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.

The handcrafted 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider represent the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), with their race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio and with advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, which enables supercar-level performance, including 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
 

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FIAT Brand and Hoonigan Team Up

FIAT Brand and Hoonigan Team Up for Next Great Driver Search

After the success of crowning the next great female racer last summer, the FIAT brand and Hoonigan are teaming up for a second straight year to support auto racing and to find the next great driver/Hoonigan personality with this year’s competition
Contestants will be put through a number of driving challenges in FIAT models: the Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, and (in the ultimate challenge) a Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Car - FIAT’s factory-built race car
Finalists will be selected by celebrity drivers and team captains, including Rhys Millen
Winner will be announced in September
Follow the competition as it rolls out on FIAT and Hoonigan social channels
Included with the purchase of every 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth is the opportunity for new owners to attend a segment-exclusive Abarth Driving Experience at no additional charge


July 24, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Hoonigans wanted!



FIAT Brand North America and Hoonigan, a motorsport-lifestyle brand, are teaming up for a second straight year to find the next Hoonigan great driver.

Beginning this week, drivers who feel their skills are worthy may submit their video entries via HoonigansWanted.com, illustrating why they should be chosen to be a part of the challenge series.


“Building on last year’s success, FIAT will once again team up with Hoonigan in search of the next great driver,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Abarth name is synonymous with a strong racing heritage and finalists will have a unique opportunity to showcase their skills in our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 and 124 Spider Abarth models.”

From all submissions, 10 contestants will be chosen to battle for the chance to join the Hoonigan team. In response to the tremendous and passionate enthusiasm received from last year’s search for the next great female racer, this year’s competition is expanded to include both female and male contestants.

Top finalists will be selected and divided by each of the celebrity drivers and Team Captains, including Rhys Millen, who has won countless racing championships, as well as Hill Climb records, and wins in multiple disciplines, including off road, drifting, rally and rally cross.

Over five episodes, the teams will be put through a number of challenges in a Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Car models, testing their skill behind the wheel, team work, pit duty, stunt driving and time-attack trials, to name a few.

This year’s grand prize winner will receive a custom Fiat 124 Spider Abarth track-ready car (custom modified by the Hoonigan team). Viewers will be able to watch the vehicle build in its entirety via Hoonigan’s You Tube channel on their show Garage Garage.

Last year, driver Sara Price from Canyon Lake, California, was chosen the winner from more than 150 all-female entries as the next great female racer. She went on to compete with the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rally factory-built racecar in the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, the nation’s oldest hillclimb event.

Stay tuned to Hoonigan and FIAT social and digital channels to watch as the competition unfolds and find out which contestant will ultimately represent FIAT and be the next Hoonigan great driver.

Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 Abarth offers legendary Italian and track-capable performance for up to four passengers. The car includes the track-tested, turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, which provides 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque when mated to a proven five-speed manual transmission and 157 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

The Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider a half-century after its introduction, the Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic design. Applying the Abarth formula, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is designed and built for thrills and performance. Key features include rear-wheel drive, a sophisticated suspension and a four-cylinder turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine providing 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Abarth Driving Experience for new owners
Since not everyone can become the next Hoonigan great driver, new Abarth owners can get the next best thing. Included with the purchase of every 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth is the opportunity for new owners to attend a segment-exclusive driving experience at no additional charge. The Abarth Driving Experience is an entire day of full-throttle training, guided by professional instructors from the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, offering owners and fans of the “small but wicked” Abarth models an opportunity to develop their racing and driving skills. For more information, including availability to the general public, and to register or to verify whether a particular vehicle qualifies, please visit www.abarthexperience.com.

About Hoonigan Media Machine
Hoonigan Media Machine is focused on content creation and is fully equipped to handle production on a wide range of video projects in the automotive community. Led by Hoonigan Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Brian Scotto, the production team ideate and produce highly sharable, award-winning content from photos to short viral clips to long-form video for both top athletes and personalities and influential brands. For more information on Hoonigan Media Machine, please visit www.hoonigan.com and remember to Hoon Responsibly.

What does Hoonigan mean?


It’s a portmanteau (Look it up, yo!): the combination of “hooligan” and “hoon,” the Australian term for screwing about in cars.
A person who operates a motor vehicle in an aggressive and unorthodox manner, consisting of, but not limited to, drifting, burnouts, donuts, as well as acts of automotive aeronautics. One who Hoons.
 

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To Grow, Alfa Romeo and Maserati Emphasizing Heritage, Uniqueness

To Grow, Alfa Romeo and Maserati Emphasizing Heritage, Uniqueness

Aug 03, 2018


Alfa Romeo and Maserati are two legendary Italian brands that even automotive laymen intrinsically recognize are exotic. But as car enthusiasts know, if you peel back the veneer things aren’t always as they seem.

Perhaps excluding their Levante SUV, Maserati’s current lineup feels old and arguably isn’t all that competitive. On the other hand, after years idling on the sidelines, North American drivers finally have a range of compelling Alfa Romeos to choose from, including the dynamite Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover.

Still, these two Italian brands are doing battle in a cutthroat market, one all-too often dominated by rivals based in towns like Munich, Ingolstadt and Zuffenhausen. But they’re working overtime to separate themselves from competitors, to stand out from the crowd in their own Italian way.




The fundamental tactic management has implemented with both these companies focuses on passion and authenticity. “I mean, if you just look [at the styling] of the cars, even the setup and approach of the cars, it’s different DNA to its core,” said Bob Broderdorf, director of brand sales and product marketing for Alfa Romeo and Maserati North America. “I can guarantee you there’s some German guy rolling over someplace that’s like ‘We’d never do it like that!’ And we look at it the exact same way.”

Separating these brands from Teutonic competitors are several elements. Broderdorf explained, “For Maserati especially, there is a level of exclusivity and luxury that is just standard in our approach, our price points, our positioning that is very different than… the entry price points that you might find in any of the German makes.” There’s also a load of customization and individuality with these vehicles, plus the brand’s close association with Ferrari, arguably the world’s most hallowed automotive marque, pays important dividends. Additionally, all of Maserati’s products are built in Italy, giving them an air of authenticity that might be lacking elsewhere.

But if the trident brand trades on uniqueness and luxury, Alfa Romeo takes a leaner, more focused approach with its product lineup, even if it’s more apt to get cross-shopped in the process. “These are truly about being extraordinary performance cars,” said Broderdorf, adding that they may eschew certain amenities or features to deliver the purest driving experience possible. “There are certain balances where I think on Alfa there’s… no limit where we will go to deliver the ultimate road vehicle. I mean, we want that to be what the car is all about.”




Giulia and Stelvio both launched to critical acclaim, particularly in high-performance Quadrifoglio form. And really, how can you argue with 505 horsepower? The foundation for each of these laudable products is Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, an architecture begging to underpin more products, though Broderdorf was coy about its future. “Right now, it delivers two extraordinary vehicles and we’ll leave it at that,” though it’s so wonderfully balanced, so exceptionally capable they’d be insane not to implement it elsewhere, and soon.

One future product he could touch on, however, is the upcoming Alfa Romeo 8C supercar, the rebirth of which was announced a few weeks back during a massive FCA event in which the automaker’s next five-year plan was laid out to media. This Italian beauty is expected to feature a carbon-fiber structure and more than 700 horsepower, enough to catapult it to 60 miles an hour in less than three seconds.

“I think it will deliver a halo for the brand that’s truly extraordinary, that everybody’s going to be talking about,” said Broderdorf. “And again, is 8C going to be for everybody? Of course not. But will it deliver a certain identity that we think needs to be in the marketplace? Without question.”

Naturally, since he gets to look behind the curtains, Broderdorf is excited about the futures of Maserati and Alfa Romeo. “For anybody coming in, what could be more exciting than to take two brands with this much history, this much heritage and have
this type of future product in the works and this lineup to already work with? Not too bad,” he said.

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FIAT Fans Celebrate 35th Annual ‘FreakOut’

FIAT Fans Celebrate 35th Annual ‘FreakOut’

FIAT Club America celebrated its 35th annual “FIAT FreakOut” event in Florida, Aug. 16-19
Hundreds of FIAT owners and aficionados attended the four-day event in Orlando
Activities included scenic driving tours throughout Disney properties, Florida orange groves and backwoods to the Lakeridge Winery
Festive-themed meals and banquets included a private dessert party at the Italy showcase in Epcot
Main event Concorso Di Eleganza car display and awards banquet showcased FIAT vehicles that spanned multiple decades
Special guest Anneliese Abarth, the wife and partner of the late, legendary automotive designer Carlo Abarth, served as keynote speaker at the annual members banquet
Next year’s FIAT FreakOut to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, from July 10-14


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Hundreds of FIAT owners and Abarth performance-car aficionados from throughout North America gathered in Orlando this past week as FIAT Club America celebrated its 35th annual “FIAT FreakOut” (FFO) national convention.

“The passion and loyalty of FIAT fans were on full display at this year’s FreakOut,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “With a full range of fun-to-drive vehicles spanning multiple decades, this is the perfect annual event for owners to celebrate FIAT’s iconic Italian heritage and design.”

Held at Walt Disney World and nearby attractions, organizers tabbed this year’s event as “The Most Magical FreakOut on Earth.” The event registered as one of the most highly attended national conventions in FIAT Club America’s history. A husband and wife even drove their 2017 Fiat 124 Spider cross-country from Tacoma, Washington, to attend this year’s festivities.

Created and executed by FIAT enthusiasts, the FFO event is a fun-filled, annual four-day event that rotates throughout the country. This year's event included driving tours throughout Disney properties and a scenic trip through orange groves and Florida’s backwoods to the Lakeridge Winery. Members were also treated to festive-themed meals, including a private dessert party at the Italy showcase in Epcot. The main event was the Concorso Di Eleganza vintage car display, which was followed by a banquet and award ceremony.

The oldest vehicle that appeared in this year’s Concorso Di Eleganza was a 1952 Fiat 500c Topolino. Other vehicles on hand included a 1977 Lancia Scorpion, 1984 Pininfarina Spider Volumex, 1986 Bertone X 1/9 Dallarlra, a highly modified 2008 Fiat 500 Abarth Meifestofile and an original factory-raced Fiat Abarth 131 rally car from the collection of John Campion.

A highlight of the gathering included the attendance of Anneliese Abarth, the wife and partner of the late Carlo Abarth, who served as the keynote speaker during the members annual banquet. As the widow of the legendary automotive designer, she carries on his legacy, actively representing Abarth at classic car events and international club meetings throughout the world.

“Each year, we strive for the FIAT FreakOut to be the best ever,” said Doug Von Koenig, president of FIAT Club America. “And this year we achieved that goal by providing our members with a thrilling experience at Disney and having Anneliese Abarth on hand as our keynote speaker.”

At the conclusion of the members banquet, the club announced that the 2019 Fiat FreakOut will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, July 10 -14.

About FIAT Club America
FIAT Club America was founded in 1983 and has been loyally dedicated to the enjoyment of FIAT brand vehicles and other Italian cars since. The club has local chapters holding regional shows and events. The annual national convention called “FIAT FreakOut” was held August 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. This event draws hundreds of FIAT and other Italian automobiles and even more attendees. FIAT Club America maintains a website www.FiatClubAmerica.com and publishes “Ricambi,” its official, full-color bi-monthly magazine, which includes member-written articles, adventure stories, technical tips and classified ads.

About FIAT Brand

The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and the all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 124 Spider, a revival of the iconic roadster that combines Italian style, performance and engaging driving dynamics.
 

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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Preview

August 31, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - “Hear” comes the new sound of the Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth:


Stay tuned for more details and complete video next week…

About FIAT Brand

The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and the all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 124 Spider, a revival of the iconic roadster that combines Italian style, performance and engaging driving dynamics.
 

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Abarth - Let's Play Again (New 2018 commercial)

Abarth - Let's Play Again (New 2018 commercial)

Sep 3, 2018
Behind the wheel of an Abarth car, reality is a fantastic game. Just like when you were a kid and you loved have fun! Are you ready to play again? #Performance #Fun #Adrenaline
Abarth 595 Pista, Abarth 695 Rivale, Abarth 124GT, Abarth 124 spider: New Abarth 595 Competizione, New Abarth 595 Turismo. discover them on Abarth Cars Official Site
 

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New Options for 2019 124 Spider

FIAT Brand Introduces New Options for 2019 124 Spider
New Stripes for the Spider; New Sound and Appearance for the Scorpion

New Record Monza Exhaust on Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models provides unmistakable Abarth growl for $995 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
New Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Veleno Appearance Group features red exterior mirror caps, red lower fascia lip and red front tow hook, Abarth-branded carpeted floor mats and a bright foot rest for $495 MSRP
New custom center-stripe design options, including “Double Rally Stripe” and “Retro Stripe” available on 2019 model-year Fiat 124 Spider Classica for $295 MSRP
Fiat 124 Spider features the most powerful four-cylinder turbo in its class and offers best-in-class cargo room
2019 Fiat 124 Spider starts at $24,995 MSRP and is available in three models – Classica, Lusso and Abarth







September 4, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - With a host of new options, along comes the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider.

The FIAT brand announced today three new options for its head-turning 124 Spider lineup. Options include a new Record Monza Exhaust, a new Veleno Appearance Group and new custom center stripes.

“With iconic Italian styling and segment-exclusive turbo power, the Fiat 124 Spider offers the ultimate top-down, fun-to-drive experience,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “For 2019, we’re offering new custom options that will stand out on the road and at the track.”

Record Monza Exhaust
Available on 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models, the Record Monza Exhaust, factory-installed $995 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), provides the unmistakable “Abarth Growl.”

The Record Monza Exhaust system is a tribute to the speed record broken by Carlo Abarth on the famous Italian circuit. Its powerful and aggressive sound is the result of a perfect combination of Dual-Mode technology, with four exits and an aggressive design that alerts others to the “sting” within.

Constructed of stainless steel, it provides high durability and a clean, integrated appearance, resulting in a signature look that FIAT racing enthusiasts will appreciate.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models equipped with the Record Monza Exhaust also benefit from enhanced technology, performance attributes and unique design features. With a dual-path exhaust setup that includes a spring-loaded diversion valve, the system modifies exhaust tone and flow according to different driving dynamics and engine loads. When the vehicle is at idle or low throttle, exhaust tones are reflected with lower noise levels. However, when full throttle is engaged, the valve system will maximize exhaust flow, bypassing the muffler, and complement acceleration with the signature “Abarth Growl” for an unmistakable road presence.

Veleno Appearance Group
Also available on 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models is the Veleno Appearance Group. “Veleno,” which translated into English means “poison,” is symbolic of the legendary Abarth scorpion. The appearance group includes red exterior mirror caps, a red lower fascia lip and a red front tow hook. Inside, Abarth-branded carpeted floor mats and a bright foot rest highlight the signature Abarth racing heritage.

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Veleno Appearance Group is available with four exterior colors: Puro White Tri-Coat Pearl, Brillante White, Forte Black Metallic and Chiaro Silver Metallic. Interior colors include Nero (black) or Nero/Rosso (black/red).

The Veleno Appearance Group is available for $495 MSRP on 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models.

Stripes
New custom center stripe options are available on the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Classica model for $295 MSRP. The new “Double Rally Stripe” is available in either white or red. Also available is the multi-colored “Retro Stripe” in both white/gray and red/gray combinations.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Starting at $24,995 MSRP, the Classica model features a dual-tip exhaust, black roll-bar finish, and body-color header, side sills and door handles. The roadster also comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Nero (black) premium cloth seats, halogen headlamps and LED tail lamps. Inside, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel are highlighted with light silver accents. Not visible are eight points to reduce Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH), including insulation in the instrument panel, center tunnel, convertible top and rear trunk, to name a few.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Starting at $27,795 MSRP, the Lusso (“Luxury”) model builds on the Classica with 17-inch alloy wheels, silver-painted A-pillar header and roll-bar cover and dual-tip chrome exhaust. The interior features heated premium leather seats in Nero (black) or Saddle and a leatherette-wrapped cluster brow. The lower instrument panel also is wrapped in leatherette, with Piano Black accents throughout.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Starting under $30,000, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth offers a sportier, more responsive driving experience for performance enthusiasts with 164 horsepower. Features include a front and rear Bilstein sport suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential, front strut tower bar, Sport Mode selector and sport-tuned chrome quad-tip exhaust with the world-renowned Abarth sound. Its aggressive appearance comes complete with unique front and rear fascia, 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents and an available hand-painted hood stripe, offering a one-of-a-kind appearance. Other available features include a Brembo braking system and Recaro seats for added sportiness.

About the Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider more than 50 years after its introduction, the Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.

The Fiat 124 Spider, designed in Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, borrows cues from the original Spider – widely considered one of Fiat’s most beautiful cars of all time – and reinterprets them for today. The 124 Spider has a timeless low-slung presence, with a classically beautiful body side, well-balanced proportions and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio.

The roadster comes standard with the proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine, the engine’s first application in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine delivers 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on Abarth and is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 124 Spider’s suspension uses a double-wishbone layout in front and a multi-link in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning. Steering is light and responsive with the use of an electric power-assist (dual pinion) system. NVH enhancements, including an acoustic front windshield and insulation treatments, help deliver a refined, quiet ride.

The vehicle is available with an array of safety and security features, including full LED adaptive front headlamps, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and a ParkView rear backup camera.

Technology and convenience features include Keyless Enter ‘n Go, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, available Bose premium nine-speaker audio system and FIAT Connect 7.0 with a 7-inch touchscreen display.
 

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New Record Monza Exhaust for 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Sep 4, 2018
Available on 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models, the new Record Monza Exhaust (factory-installed $995 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) provides the unmistakable “Abarth Growl.”
 

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2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Running Footage


Sep 4, 2018
Running footage and beauty shots of the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
 

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Last Day of Summer | Featuring Emma Roberts| FIAT 124 Spider

Last Day of Summer | Featuring Emma Roberts| FIAT 124 Spider

Sep 21, 2018
Savor the last moments of summer with Emma Roberts and the FIAT® 124 Spider.



FIAT has been offering customers affordable yet innovative solutions to meet their mobility needs for more than a century. The brand’s mission is to combine the Italian passion for design and originality with efficiency and versatility to simplify everyday life with the joyful usefulness of its products. If you have questions about our products or would like to contact FIAT directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: www.fiatusa.com.
 

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Named Performance SUV of the Year by Automotive Video Association

Stelvio Quadrifoglio continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance expertise with best-in-class 505 horsepower and segment-leading V-6 torque, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 176 mph
Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped Nürburgring in record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, the fastest time ever posted by a production SUV, making it the fastest production SUV in the world
Industry accolade comes courtesy of the Automotive Video Association (AVA)

September 26, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was named Performance SUV of the Year by the Automotive Video Association (AVA) at their second annual Automotive Video Awards competition.

To win its title, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio beat out vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 and the BMW X3 M40i. In addition to naming the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as its Performance SUV of the Year, AVA judges crowned the McLaren 720S as their Performance Car of the Year.


The two winners were chosen from among five finalists in each category (Performance Car and Performance SUV). All vehicles were put through a series of tests and then rated by AVA judges.

"This year's contenders were the best vehicle lineup we've had yet," said Nik Miles, president of OurAutoExpert.com. "Although the battle was fought hard, only two winners could come out on top. Voting was down to the wire for every single contender in each performance category. Ultimately, only two remained from all judge's entries."

The AVA is a made up of a select group of automotive video journalists that represent an online audience of 500 million viewers per year. The organization is made up of some of the most prominent and most followed automotive outlets in the country, including:

Nik Miles (Our Auto Expert)
Roman Mica (The Fast Lane Car)
Alex Dykes (Alex on Autos)
Sofyan Bey (Redline Reviews)
Jason Fenske (Engineering Explained)
Matt Maranowski (Matt Maran Motoring)
Nick Murray (The Nick Murray YouTube Channel)


Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans in Cassino, Italy, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium midsize SUV for driving enthusiasts.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio brings world-class performance, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium midsize SUV segment. With the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV in the world with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:51.7 and boasts a best-in-class 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.

About Alfa Romeo
Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles.

Born from the world’s greatest driving road – the Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be Italian. The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio – on sale in early 2018 – holds the Nürburgring record for the fastest production SUV with a lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio conquers the winding road for which it is named.

As the first of a new generation of vehicles on the all-new Giorgio platform, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti sedans deliver race-inspired performance with a class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies that include the available Q4 AWD system, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. As the “halo” model in the lineup, the Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s motorsport knowhow with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that earns the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with a class-leading 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, plus it enabled a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7:32 – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.

The handcrafted 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider represent the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), with their race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio and with advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, which enables supercar-level performance, including 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.


 

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Recall Alert :2017-2018 Alfa Romeo

Statement: Software
September 28, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -


FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 34,359 vehicles in the U.S. to update their engine-control software. Of this number, less than one percent may also need new catalytic converters. Service technicians will make the required determination using digital diagnostic equipment.

All required repairs will be performed free of charge.

An investigation by FCA US discovered a specific engine operating condition that occurs naturally, but only rarely, and is imperceptible to the driver, may go unmitigated by existing engine-control software. If this were to happen, a vehicle’s catalytic converter may overheat, possibly leading to engine stall or, in unique circumstances, fire.

FCA US is aware of two potentially related engine-compartment fires. However, the Company is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

An instrument-panel warning may illuminate if this defect manifests itself. Alternately, the vehicle may experience temporary engine-power loss, while in extreme cases, occupants may observe a burning odor.

Customers who observe any such events should contact their dealers.

The recall is limited to certain 2017-2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedans and 2018 Stelvio SUVs. High-performance Quadrifoglio models are unaffected.

Service is available and affected customers will be advised as early as next week to schedule appointments. In the interim, customers with questions or concerns should contact their dealers, or Alfa Romeo Premium Care at 866-932-3881.

The new software will enhance an engine’s capacity to detect and mitigate the operating condition associated with catalyst overheating.

Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 2,619) and Mexico (est. 90). Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service.
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Abarth 124 Spider - 0-220 km/h acceleration!


Oct 31, 2018
AUTOBAHN acceleration Run with the Abarth 124 Spider, the sharpened version of the FIAT 124 Spider fitted with the optional "Record Monza" exhaust system for more SOUND and a better power delivery. And boy this car sounds just amazing! Considering it only has a 1.4 MultiAir R4 Turbo its simply amazing what kind of sound they managed to get out of it. The car produces 170 hp through the rear wheels and a sharp 6-speed manual, the weight is only at 1135 kg! Please stay tuned for lots more photos and videos on Facebook & Instagram!
 

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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Takes Starring Role

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Takes Starring Role Alongside Sting & Shaggy in “Gotta Get Back My Baby” Music Video

November 9, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth takes a starring role alongside Sting & Shaggy in the official music video for their new track “Gotta Get Back My Baby,” the latest single, co-produced by Teflon (Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Ruff Ryders) and Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Mylène Farmer, Lady Gaga), off their album "44/876," which has spent 17 weeks atop the Billboard Reggae chart.
, which amassed over 2.3 million views in just a few days, was filmed in the vein of ‘80s and ‘90s buddy cop television series and movies, including “Miami Vice” and “Bad Boys,” and was directed by Michael Garcia. The video pairs Sting and Shaggy as two Miami detectives who convince their captain that they’re “going to need the Spider,” meaning his prized Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, as part of their South Beach stakeout for “the most dangerous woman in the country.” What could go wrong?!

The FIAT brand is also supporting the video globally across its digital and social channels, including in the U.S on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

“We continue to strive for the unexpected in our marketing efforts across all FCA brands and, certainly here, the FIAT brand’s fun-spirited personality gives us the opportunity to be just a little bit more adventurous and playful in our approach with our music partners," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of the FIAT Brand, FCA. "The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is incredibly honored to play the role of sidekick to such legendary and audacious artists as Sting and Shaggy in their latest music video.”

Sting & Shaggy’s album "44/876" (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope Records) is available now for digital download through streaming and digital subscription services. The iconic duo initially joined forces to record a new song, "Don't Make Me Wait" (which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s digital reggae singles chart), as a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both, but ended up creating an entire album full of joyful and uplifting, melodic music. With its title referencing their respective telephone country codes (44 for the UK, Sting’s birthplace, and 876 for Jamaica, Shaggy’s homeland), "44/876" honors the duo’s deep-rooted love for Jamaica, Shaggy’s birthplace and where Sting penned such classics as “Every Breath You Take.”

Sting & Shaggy have extended their collaboration to the road for a lauded world tour, combining their respective bands to perform their greatest hits, as well as new songs off "44/876," together. More information on their critically acclaimed 44/876 World Tour can be found here.

About Sting

Thanks to his vast catalog of hits, Sting remains one of the world’s most iconic musicians many decades into his career. His fame began in 1977 as lead vocalist and bassist of The Police, with whom Sting would go on to record some of the most notable pop tracks, including “Roxanne,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Every Breath You Take.” Following the tour behind the band’s GRAMMY-nominated 1983 album "Synchronicity," Sting embarked on his own successful solo career, which has evolved over the years with eclectic songs like “Fields of Gold” and “Desert Rose.” Today, boasting a flourishing career that has crossed over from radio to the silver screen to Broadway, this 16-time GRAMMY-winning artist continues to explore new territory. Sting’s support for human rights organizations, such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid, mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there. www.sting.com

About Shaggy

Multi GRAMMY-winning artist Shaggy is by all accounts the true definition of a renaissance man, beyond his continued success in reggae/dancehall music and its influence on pop music worldwide, Shaggy is a fierce businessman and humble philanthropist. The Jamaican-born American reggae fusion singer is best known for his singles “Boobmastic,” “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” Shaggy has released numerous albums, including the GRAMMY-winning, platinum-selling “Boombastic” (1995) and the diamond-selling “Hot Shot” (2000), as well as topping an impressive chart list that includes the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100 and Billboard 200, among others. Shaggy’s illustrious career has seen the international superstar perform alongside some of the biggest names in all genres of music.

About INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999. Headed by Chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres, including rock, rap, pop and alternative. Interscope Geffen A&M is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.

About the Cherrytree Music Company
Founded in 2005 by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Martin Kierszenbaum, the Cherrytree Music Company provides management, record label and publishing services to a boutique roster of artists, producers and mixers who push the creative envelope in popular music. Cherrytree has had an indelible impact on the music landscape from managing celebrated musician and cultural icon Sting to launching Lady Gaga’s first two albums. The Cherrytree Music Company has released the artistically and commercially groundbreaking records of Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, LMFAO, Far East Movement and Disclosure and sold over 35 million units. In the process, the Cherrytree Music Company has become a vital source for popular music and catalyst for artist collaboration and innovation.

About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

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Recall Alert : 2017-2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

November 26, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V828000
Brake Fluid Leak due to Brake Line Damage

Brake fluid leaking onto the exhaust can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V828000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 6,136

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vehicles equipped with GME 280HP engines and All Wheel Drive ("AWD"). The brake fluid line may contact a coolant hose clamp, possibly causing brake fluid to leak onto the exhaust.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket on the brake fluid line to prevent contact with the coolant hose clamp. If damage is found on the brake line, it will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 15, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is UB9.
 
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