The acquisitions comes just as Alfa Romeo is introducing its new Giulia Sport Sedan, which offers a complete range of performance options from both a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive platform. There are two engines offered as well, a 280-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder and a powerful 2.9-liter, bi-turbo direct-injection V8 that can power the Giulia Quadrifoglio models from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. Giulia models range in cost from $37,995 to $72,000.
First, before the race starts, we see the Giulia Quadrifoglio do some individual runs and, boy, does it sound good. That 2.9 liter twin-turbo 503 hp V6 sounds devilish and wonderfully exotic. The BMW i8’s turb0-three cylinder sounds good for just three cylinders and has a punchy character but it can’t sound as good as the Alfa V6.
Indeed, first impressions of the Stelvio are positive. It’s an SUV that drives with real verve, and has plenty of character to help it stand out alongside an Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. Here’s to getting it onto UK roads to find out if it really is as impressive as we think it might be.
At the same time Zanlunghi cautioned that a Supercars entry would require approval by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters and with the high level of investment needed, it is not likely for Alfa Romeo to enter the championship before 2019.