Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2017
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an event where car manufacturers from around the globe come together and display their “next generation” of vehicles. This year, Alfa Romeo helped set the bar with their new SUV. One of the top five must-sees at this year’s auto show was the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo first revealed the 2018 Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show. However, since then, it’s been kept out of the spotlight – until now. For the first time since Los Angeles, the new Stelvio was on display for everyone to see.
“The all new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment.” – Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo.
The Stelvio features an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine that delivers a standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Stelvio to achieve a top speed of 144 mph. All that power and speed is kept under control with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
The Stelvio was designed with both safety and security in mind. Standard features include Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio
On display at NAIAS was Alfa Romeo’s sports sedan, the Giulia Quadrifoglio. On the surface, the Giulia looks quiet and reserved, but hidden underneath that restrained exterior is a powerful sports car.
The 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio boasts a Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower 2.9 liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. The car operates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, a manual transmission is not available. However, you can place the car in “race mode” and disable the stability control. Yes, this car will swing out its backend and drift!
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a car with a split personality or maybe “a secret identity.” By day, it appears as a mild-mannered, family sports sedan – by night, a powerful street crawler, dominating the landscape.
A 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
While the NAIAS was all about the new and innovative design, Alfa Romeo also treated attendees to a nostalgic view of the classic (and extremely rare) 1968 Stradale. There were only 18 of these beauties built, and five of those were turned into concept cars. As you can imagine, it is not often that one gets a chance to see a Stradale in person.
The Stradale was displayed next to Alfa Romeo’s 4C at the Detroit show. It brought home the fact that Alfa Romeo has always pushed the envelope when it comes to power and speed.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Though first revealed at the 2015 NAIAS, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, showed prominently this year at the 2017 auto show.
“Welcome to the return of one of the most historic automotive brands in the world.” – Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo
The brand may be historic, but this new Spider is nothing like the Spiders of the past. Imagine a car that is small, brutally fast, and tight through the corners.
- 2487 Pounds
- 0 to 60 MPH in 4 Seconds
- 75-Liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
- 237 Horsepower
- 258 Pound-Feet of Torque
When you add a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission to the mix, you get a marriage that is pure bliss. The transmission can be operated in either automatic or manual shift modes and is reported to be one of the smoothest on the market.
Take off the top, and you’ll feel like you are flying as you race through the countryside.
Recap of Alfa Romeo at the 2017 NAIAS
There is nothing quite like an Alfa Romeo sports car. Whether you are talking about the 1968 Stradale or the 2015 4C Spider, you know its fast. That is what Alfa Romeo is all about – power and speed. Even their more “sedate” vehicles, the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan or the Stelvio SUV are all about raw power. You can disguise it however you like, but inside an Alfa Romeo will always be a sports car.