Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio Nurburgring

Alfa Romeo Stelvio And Giulia Quadrifoglio Nring

At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo will reveal new Nürburgring Editions of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Each car will be badged “NRING” and just 108 of each will be made, one for each year of the history of Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nring and Giulia Quadrifoglio Nring have been created to celebrate the records recorded by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio holds the record for the fastest SUV in its segment, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the record-holder for standard production four-door saloon, with a lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds.

The new limited editions have exclusive contents, including a numbered badge in the carbon fibre dashboard insert and a Circuito Grey livery, exclusive to this limited edition.

Building on the standard Quadrifoglio specification, the “NRING”special series includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar® automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts as standard. The front badge and the mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, like the side skirt inserts, while tinted windows, active cruise control, Harman Kardon premium audio package, and AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and DAB complete the package.

The Giulia version also includes a new bare carbon roof.


The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce in Misano Blue

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Review

Alfa Romeo Ireland has dropped a car for Alfa aficionados into the Giulia range. Arriving in a blur of exclusive ‘Misano Blue’ paint, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce attempts to bridge the gap between the standard Giulia petrol and diesel models, and the range topping grand symphony that is the 510hp Giulia Quadrifoglio.

The Giulia Veloce’s long bonnet houses a tuned 2.0-litre turbo petrol that produces 280hp and 400Nm of torque. 0 to 100 kmh is a blink-and-you‘ll-miss-it 5.7 seconds and power is fed to the rear wheels via an eight speed automatic gearbox.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a beauty by any book and in Veloce spec it’s lowered, bolstered with sports bumpers and at the back there are two large tailpipes nestled in a rear diffuser. The Giulia Veloce is shod with 18” alloys, and Veloce is written in elegant script above the front wheel arches.

Inside the interior is mostly the same as the standard Giulia. Full leather upholstery comes as standard as does 25W Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, power folding exterior mirrors, and heated 6-way electric front seats including electric side bolster support. Infotainment is provided via Alfa Connect™ with an 8.8” touchscreen with 3D Navigation split screen function, rotary pad control and 8 speakers. The interior quality is okay but there are some very ordinary materials used in places.

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The interior of the Alfa Romeo Giulia

On the road the Giulia Veloce doesn’t hang about. Plant your foot to the accelerator and the Giulia Veloce takes off as if it's being being chased by a fleet of Ferraris. The acceleration is smooth, linear and urgent. There is no great accompanying roar from the engine, which I was slightly disappointed by, but it does sound more angry with the DNA switch turned to Dynamic.

The Giulia is a real handling star even in its most basic guise. It's light, agile and floats through corners with real elegance and ultimate precision from small turns on the steering wheel. The ride only shows up its firmness over really bad surfaces so for day to day driving, the Giulia Veloce doesn't carry any compromise.

With pricing starting from €54,495, the Giulia Veloce is a bigger investment over the more basic petrols and diesels in the Giulia range. This is an enjoyable car with sweet steering, handling and acceleration that's pleasingly urgent. Alfa has failed to wow inside the car and I think Veloce buyers deserve a bit more fanfare inside. But the Giulia has a certain magic to it that will never fail to get it noticed.

Caroline Kidd

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce is on sale in Ireland from €54,495

Model tested: Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
Price: 
€54,495
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
280hp
Torque: 400Nm
0-100km/h:  
5.7 seconds
Top speed: 240km/h
Economy: 
6.1/100km
CO2 emissions: 
141g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


Alfa Romeo Giulia video review

Alfa Romeo Giulia Video Review

Here's my video review of the much anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2-litre JTD 180hp!

You can read a full review of this car here.


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JTD Review

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the car that is meant to reverse Alfa’s fortunes and bring them back to the glory days. With the arrival of the Stelvio SUV in the autumn, Alfa Romeo looks to be finally getting their act together.

To recap, the Alfa Romeo Giulia picks up where the 159 left off as Alfa’s compact executive saloon contender. This is tough territory with the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 being the household names.

Yet the new Alfa Romeo Giulia can argue a good case. The Giulia sits on an all-new rear wheel drive architecture that promises dynamic handling matched with classic Italian good looks. Could this be enough to have them leaving their German saloons in droves for a slice of the panettone?

Up front, there’s no mistaking the deep, plunging Alfa V-shaped grille. The Giulia plays the role of a sporty saloon very well, hugging the ground exceptionally well. The styling is a bit more generic at the back but the Giulia still looks exotic in the company of competitors.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia looks exotic parked beside competitors

Inside, this is the best interior I’ve seen in an Alfa Romeo for years. Alfa seems to have aimed for a more simplistic design, like the one in the new Audi A4. The quality still feels a little behind the best in class in some places. Infotainment is provided via the UConnect™ 6.5-inch display with rotary pad control on the basic model, with an 8.8-inch screen on higher spec models.

There is seating for five though realistically only two will be comfortable in the back because of the large transmission tunnel, but the boot holds a healthy 480 litres.

There is a range of new, all-aluminium engines for the new Giulia. In Ireland, the majority of buyers are going to go for the 2.2-litre diesel with 150 or 180hp, or maybe take a look at the 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 200hp. Petrol models start at €40,395, while diesels start at €39,995. There are also the Veloce and the Quadrifoglio models, but they are more high performance.

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The interior of the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Standard equipment is good including 17” alloys, dual-zone climate control, 3.5-inch TFT colour display, rear parking sensors, automatic light/rain sensors, cruise control, leather steering wheel and ignition start button. ‘Super’ models start from €41,995 and add an 8.8-inch infotainment system with navigation, split screen function and DAB radio. There’s also an electro-chromic auto-dimming rear view mirror, a 7-inch TFT display, aluminium door sills as well as leather and cloth seat trims available in three colour options.

Alfa Romeo Ireland is offering the Super Sport and Super Lux trims for the same price: €42,166. The Giulia Super Sport has 18-inch alloy wheels, painted brake calipers, dark tinted privacy glass and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs. Inside the leather seats are available in three colour options, and there’s a sports leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, brushed aluminium effect centre console and door moulding inserts, and steering column-mounted gear shift paddles.

The Giulia Super Lux has a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, power folding exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, Bi-Xenon headlights and 18-inch ‘Luxury’ design alloy wheels.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia has a range of new, all-aluminium engines

My car was the Super Sport with the 2.2-litre diesel with 180hp (€43,966) and it feels more than adequate here with 0-100kmh achieved in just 7.1 seconds. There is some diesel gurgle at idle but it’s very refined at speed. All Giulia’s come with an 8 speed automatic gearbox and it’s a very smooth operator.

The Giulia feels very light and agile on the road and it corners beautifully owing to that new rear wheel drive layout. The steering is also super quick and direct. It’s very quiet in the cabin, as a premium car should be, and the ride quality is excellent too.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been one of the most anticipated new cars in years and it is a very seductive car – not just because of the way it looks, but also because it’s really nice to drive as well. The interior lets it down a bit because at this price range it really needs to be of higher quality. But lots of people still love Alfa Romeo cars and on balance the Giulia is still a highly desirable compact executive saloon!

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review Ireland
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a highly desirable compact executive saloon

Model Tested: Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Sport 2.2JTD 180hp
Price:  
€43,966 (Range starts at €39,995)
Engine: 
2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
 180hp
Torque: 450Nm
0-100km/h:
 7.1 seconds
Top speed: 230kmh
Economy:  
67.3mpg
CO2 Emissions: 
 109g/km
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year

Caroline Kidd

If you are looking for a compact executive saloon you might also like this review of the Audi A4.


Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

New Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Goes On Sale

Alfa Romeo Ireland has announced details of a new Giulia Veloce model. The Veloce is priced from €53,895 and debuts an exclusive 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 280hp and 400Nm of torque, partnered with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive.

The four-cylinder engine is made entirely of aluminium and brings the Giulia to 100kmh from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds, going onto a top speed of 240kmh.  In addition to the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, it also features a "2-in-1" turbocharger system and direct injection, with 200-bar pressure.

Made in the factory at Termoli, Italy, this new engine returns 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 141g/km of CO2.

The Giulia Veloce is available in exclusive Misano Blue paint and features unique sports exterior styling, including sports bumpers, 18-inch alloy wheels, coloured brake calipers, dark tinted privacy glass with black gloss window surrounds and a rear sports diffuser with dual exhaust tailpipes.

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The Veloce model has an exclusive 280hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine

Inside there is a choice of black, tan or red leather sport seats, and aluminium shift paddles on the steering column.

Other standard features on the Veloce include 25W Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera with dynamic gridlines, power folding exterior mirrors, and heated 6-way electric front seats including electric side bolster support.

All models in the Giulia range include Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Integrated Braking System (IBS) and cruise control with speed limiter.

Caroline Kidd


Alfa Romeo Giulia Ireland

Alfa Romeo Giulia Will Arrive In November!

The much anticipated new Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon will arrive in Ireland at the end of November.

Drivers can choose between four engine variants (two petrol and two diesel), all of which are paired to a new ZF® eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The full engine range includes a 2.2 litre JTD diesel (150 or 180hp), a 2.0 litre 200hp turbo petrol and a range topping 2.9 litre V6 Bi-turbo for the Giulia Quadrifoglio with 510hp.  

Petrol Giulia's will start at €40,395, while diesels will start at €39,995.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available in five trim levels – Giulia, Super, Super Sport, Super Lux and the top of the range Quadrifoglio – with 13 different exterior colour options.

A host of safety systems will be standard across the range including Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, Integrated Brake System (IBS), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The Giulia has been awarded a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights, a chrome exhaust, aluminium brake calipers,  UConnect™ 6.5-inch display infotainment system with rotary pad control, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, Alfa™ D.N.A. rotary driving mode selector, 3.5-inch TFT colour display, rear parking sensors, automatic light/rain sensors, cruise control, and leather steering wheel with controls including ignition start button.

'Super' trim includes an exclusive alloy wheel design, chromed exterior window surrounds and on the 2.2 litre JTD 180hp diesel, dual chrome exhaust tips. Inside, the Giulia Super features Alfa Romeo’s new UConnect™ 8.8-inch 3D navigation system with integrated maps, split screen function and DAB radio,. There’s also an electro-chromic auto-dimming rear view mirror, a 7-inch TFT display, aluminium door sills as well as leather and cloth seat trims available in three colour options.

Drivers wanting an even sportier presence on the road can upgrade to the Giulia Super Sport. From the outside, enhancements include 18-inch alloy wheels, painted brake calipers, dark tinted privacy glass and distinctive 25W Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs. Inside the leather seats are available in three colour options, and there's a sports leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, brushed aluminium effect centre console and door moulding inserts, and steering column-mounted gear shift paddles.

The Giulia Super Lux has a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, power folding exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, 25W Bi-Xenon headlights and 18-inch ‘Luxury’ design alloy wheels.

For a limited time both the Super Sport and Super Lux trims are available for an additional €171 over the comparable Super version.

The range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio has a list price of €99,945 and is powered by a new 510hp, 600Nm Bi-Turbo V6 petrol engine, with an eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission as standard. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of more than 307km/h, with emissions of 189g/km.

Standard specification will include 19-inch Quadrifoglio alloy wheels, a front sports bumper with Alfa™ Active Aero splitter, a sporty rear bumper with functional diffuser and distinctive quad tailpipe sports exhaust system. It also features Alfa™ Active Suspension, Torque Vectoring and D.N.A. Pro selector with race mode, power folding exterior mirrors, 35W Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS technology, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera with dynamic gridlines.

Interior highlights include Quadrifoglio sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, an exclusive Quadrifoglio sports steering wheel with red ignition button, Alfa Romeo’s new UConnect™ 8.8-inch 3D navigation system, dual-zone climate control, automatic light/rain sensors and cruise control with speed limiter.

Orders can now be taken at Alfa Romeo dealerships nationwide with the first models due to arrive in showrooms in November 2016.

Caroline Kidd