More About Alfa Romeo
Alfa is not a particular place, thing, or even somebody's name, it's an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. Basically, that means the Lombard automobile factory company. In 1915, during World War I, automakers supplied guns, hardware, and ammunition to their respective nations. However, Alfa lacked the funds to switch over to wartime production which is where Nikola Romeo entered. He was a prosperous engineer and entrepreneur and acquired the firm building aircraft engines and portable compressors. Naturally, as a new owner, he had to add his name to the concern, and Alfa Romeo as we know it today was born.
The company’s logo consists of several elements, the red cross, and white filled motif on the left is borrowed from the Milanese coat of arms. The snake eating a mon on the right comes from the Visconti family crest. Alfa Romeo was effectively acquired by the Italian government in 1933 and the company remained under nation control until 1986 when FIAT bought it. In 1995 Alfa Romeo stopped exporting cars to the United States, except for about a hundred examples of the beautiful 8C Competizione which was delivered around 2007.
They returned to the American market once more in 2015 starting with their 4C sports car. The current lineup includes four cars, one in each segment, a hatchback, sedan, sports, and crossover.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a five-door C-segment, small family car. It was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. It was the successor of Alfa Romeo 147. Giulietta is offered in a large number of engine options including an LPG fuel option as well. It is offered in a 1.4-liter engine with an option of both petrol and LPG fuel-producing 104 hp @5000 rpm with 152 lb-ft of torque. A 1750 TBi engine option producing 237 hp @5750 rpm with 251 lb-ft of torque. A 1.6L MultiJet diesel engine producing 104 hp @4000 rpm 207 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0L MultiJet diesel producing 138 hp @3750 rpm with 258 lb-ft of torque. Two gearbox options are available with the above engine choices, a 6-speed manual, and a 6-speed Dual Dry Clutch Automatic Transmission.
Alfa Romeo 4C is a lightweight sports car unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, It is available in a 2-door coupé and 2-door roadster body options. It is offered with one engine option of 1.75 Liter 1750 TBI turbocharged petrol engine in a Transverse mid-engine set up, putting out 237 bhp @6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission which powers the rear-wheel-drive system. Later in 2018, the convertible Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder was launched.
Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact executive car in 4-door body style, launched in 2016. It was a successor of Alfa Romeo 159. It is offered in Front-engine layout options of 2 petrol and 1 diesel engine. Under the petrol lineup, a 2.9 Liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is offered which produces 503 hp @6,500 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque. Also, a 2.0 Liter turbocharged engine producing 276 hp @5250 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque are available. Moving towards diesel buyers a 2.0 L Multiair turbocharged I4 engine is also on offer which produces 87 hp @3,750 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options are available with 2 gearbox options 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission. The Giulia comes in both rear-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive drivetrain options. This was the first car that came out after the new logo introduction in 2015.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a five-door, compact luxury crossover SUV launched in 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s first SUV that has been produced by the brand since its beginning. It comes under the same category as Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, and many other SUVs currently offered by other brands. It is offered in 2 front placement engine options. A 2.0 Liter I4 MultiAir Turbo producing 280 hp @5250 rpm and 306 lb-ft of torque. And a 2.9 Liter 90° V6 Twin-turbo engine putting out 505 hp @6,500 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission offering an all-wheel-drive option. The Stelvio uses the FCA’s Giorgio platform which will be used in other sister company cars of the FCA group such as Maserati, Dodge, and Jeep.
The Quadrifoglio verses of the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover are the most powerful Alfa Romeo's ever. Ferrari sourced the 505hp V6 engine delivering more power than anything else they have ever built.
Alfa Romeo’s future plan seems to be changing direction. If reports are to be considered, the company has sidelined its plan of introducing two new future sports cars. Upcoming cars were based on a refreshed mid-engine design concept based on the Giulia sedan. Taking their place is a heavy SUV lineup. As all brands are shifting toward the SUV market with some even planning to stop production of cars other than SUV. Turning in the same direction Alfa Romeo is also planning to stop the production of small cars. This revised plan means the performance-focused cars which were planned to reboot the brand will no longer come to the production line. In place of sports cars, Alfa Romeo will produce two SUVs one is a compact SUV that will be launched in 2021 and the other one is a small SUV still under covers, expected to launch near 2022. The current lineup will also get refreshed by 2021 with new models of the Giulia and the Stelvio.