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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is heralding the Italian brand’s comeback to America by embracing its heritage: providing an amazing driving experience while managing to have failures on a regular basis. Owners are reporting a multitude of issues online, and it seems like every car that gets sent to a journalist has some type…
Try to keep it together this morning.
BONG BONG BONG. The dashboard had lit up like a Christmas tree. Power was gone. The whole car started shuddering. We were in a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia with just barely 1,709 miles on the odometer, and it was already breaking down.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a sexy and fast sports sedan that has been off to a bit of a rough start in the U.S. Given Alfa’s history of unreliab—er, quirky cars, the only way many of you would consider one is going the lease route. For less than $300, that Giulia might now be pretty tempting.
Haven’t you heard? Well, no, you probably haven’t if you’re a peasant. But if not, you’ve probably heard this tip making the rounds in the elite circles: Changing clothes is for the poors, and having a suit that can handle every weather condition that this unfair life throws at you is the new thing.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia was supposed to herald the triumphant return of the legendary Italian brand to the American market. Unfortunately, Alfa’s plan to shake up the luxury car game isn’t working out.
Whoosh! The Alfasud is here.
With high-performance cars comes high-stakes driving, and it looks like somebody’s talent boiled off into tragedy behind the wheel of what had to have been one of the first 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulias sold in America. Hopefully they’ll recover, but the car almost certainly will not.
If I found myself in possession of a 505 horsepower, rear-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the first thing I’d do would be to take it to a track day and powerslide the living bejeezus out of it. And apparently that kind of behavior would get me triple black-flagged in a single day. Update: The organizer…
It is the time, friends. Yes. You have sensed it. It has called to you, distant, across the water. The Alfa Romeo 159.
A little over a year ago I bought a somewhat oddball old film camera from a British dude off Craigslist trying to unload his collection of, worryingly, the same kind of cameras I was buying up. Along with the camera, he gave me a free lens and a 1998 World Cup commemorative roll of FujiFilm. I’d been saving this…
This isn’t the Alfa Romeo that your dad had in college, the Spider that was great on sunny days but wrecked his bank account over and over again with its repair bills. This isn’t the Alfa Romeo of the 1990s, after it left America and turned out one dismal Fiat-sourced front-wheel drive hatchback after another.
I still have a copy of The World Of The Automobile by Ralph Stein by my desk, a prewar red Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 spread across its full cover. So has my Alfa Romeo experience been largely limited over all these years.
The East Coast is about to get hit with some kind of nightmare blizzard, but before it did, we had a lot of fun with this 505 horsepower Italian bad boy. Full review coming soon.
Hey did you hear? Alfa Romeo is back in America! And not just with a low-volume sports car, but with stuff normal people might actually buy, like the Giulia sedan and the upcoming Stelvio crossover. These seem to be awesome cars to drive, but I’m not so sure you should actually buy one.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a perfect car in my dreams. In this perfect dream world, Alfa claims the Quadrifoglio boasts 505 horsepower from its twin-turbo V6 and max torque of 443 lb-ft out of the box. But how does it hold up in the real world?
Back in October we caught wind that Alfa Romeo was going to sculpt the new Giulia into some sort of mystical Italian wagon. It was probably only destined for Europe, and now it apparently isn’t happening at all.