Has it come to this already for the nascent FCA brand in its U.S. comeback? On display in New York are the Nero Edizione trims that, yawn, brings a “unique look to the Alfa Romeo showroom” on 2-liter turbocharged, 280-horsepower Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV models.
Is it not enough that all Giulia and Stelvio models have not only a broad racing and performance heritage, but take the Germans on – once again – with best-in-class horsepower, 0 to 60 mph acceleration times, top speed, power-to-weight ratio, and close to 50/50 weight distribution in addition to their instantly recognizable Italian styling. During March, Alfa Romeo sales of 2,576 vehicles were up significantly compared with the same month a year ago. Giulia led the brand with 1,284 followed by Stelvio at 1,270 vehicles.
- 20-inch Dark Miron sport aluminum wheels (Stelvio specific)
- 19-inch Dark Miron aluminum wheels (Giulia specific)
- Dark Miron “V Scudetto” grille surround
- Dark Miron exterior mirror caps
- Custom-painted brake calipers (Black, Red or Yellow)
- Dark exhaust tips (late availability)
- Dark headlamp bezels
- Dark Miron rear fascia appliqué (Stelvio specific)
- Gloss Black roof rails (Stelvio specific)
- Gloss Black window surrounds
- Monotone wheel caps with Alfa Romeo logo
- Dark Miron exterior badging
Driving home the heritage point, 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.
As the first iteration of a new generation of vehicles on an all-new Giorgio platform, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti sedans deliver performance and advanced technologies that include the optional Q4 AWD system in the premium mid-size sedan segment.
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As the top model in the lineup, the Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s hard earned motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 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 a a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7:32 – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan. (your driving results may vary).