At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the European Design Institute of Turin (IED) will present a concept car which has been developed in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Style Centre. The Alfa Romeo Gloria concept is designed to have international appeal, but is specifically tailored to suit North American and Asian markets.
The Alfa Romeo Gloria concept is a sports saloon, which could be propelled by a state-of-the-art V6 or V8 twin-turbo engine. The shape of the hood was inspired by the trademark triangular Alfa Romeo shield, while the leather strips at the front recall the leather straps for the luggage compartments of the brand’s historic cars.
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After being shown in concept form at least twice since 2011, and also inspiring a couple of “Alfisti” to come up with a similar concept, Alfa Romeo have finally revealed the production version of the eagerly-awaited 4C sports car.
The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month, and sales will start later in the year. The compact mid-engined sports car is one of the most exciting new cars of this year. Partly due to its gorgeous styling, and partly because it won’t be out of reach of virtually everyone – unlike the heart-achingly beautiful 8C Competizione supercar.
The 4C was designed by by Alfa Romeo engineers, but will be produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy. The car will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States and kicking-off Alfa Romeo’s global growth plan.
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Alfa Romeo is one of those brands of automobile manufacturer which has always attracted a dedicated and devoted following. Some show their love for the brand by buying their current wares, others by restoring gems from their past. And some pay homage by trying to design their future.
Two such people, Florian Jaille and George M., professionals working in the automotive industry and self-proclaimed Alfisti, have spent some time coming up with a retro-inspired sports car which would sit somewhere between the 8C Competizione supercar, and the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C sports car.
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Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.
Today’s classic face-off has a undeniable Italian twist. And that’s because we’ve got a 1967 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.3 Ralley Coupe going up against a 1971 Alfa Romeo GTAm. But despite being almost identical in size and layout they have two very distinct characters.
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According to reports published in Autocar, Alfa Romeo are hard at work preparing a rival luxury sedan for the benchmark 3-series. Tentatively called “Giulia” the new car will be the first model developed as part of Alfa Romeo’s revival plan. The 2014 Giulia is front-wheel-drive – a fairly major handling disadvantage compared to the 3-series. But Audi have become phenomenally popular over the years offering just FWD and AWD sports sedans. So it can be done.
Performance for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to start with an adequate but uninspiring 120 hp 1.4 litre MultiAir engine. Additional engine options include a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. A Chrysler-sourced V6 may also be on the cards.
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The Alfa Romeo Spider is one of the more romantic roadsters out there. It was never the most dynamically able, and the most recent iteration was clear proof that Alfa tends to prefer style over substance when it comes to sports cars. However thanks to a joint venture between Mazda and Alfa, which will see the next-generation Spider sharing the same platform as the almost perfectly balanced MX-5, Alfa’s next two seat roadster might have the performance and handling to match its good looks.
These renderings aren’t of the 2015 Alfa Romeo Spider, however they were developed using insider information to provide a well-informed guess at the possible finished product. The images come courtesy of Auto Express who say the car will take its inspiration from the classic 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider. But it also looks like a healthy dose of the 8c Competizione has made it into their final design.
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Carrozzeria Touring, the recently revived Italian coachbuilding company, have just published a number of images showing their 2012 Geneva Motor Show stunner. Carrozzeria Touring announced the Disco Volante concept a couple of weeks ago, and at the time it was said to be based on the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione. Well that’s turned out to be true, and under the hood is a 443 horsepower, 4.7 litre V8 mated to a paddle-shift six-speed transmission.
The styling of the Carrozzeria Touring Disco Volante concept is inspired by the original 1950s Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, however the entire design has been thoroughly updated for the 21st century, meaning its lines now nicely compliment Alfa Romeo’s current lineup of cars.
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Back in the early 1950s, the original Alfa Romeo Disco Volante was one of the most radical cars of its time. The name, which meant “flying saucer” in Italian, was supposed to describe the flattened and aerodynamic shape of the vehicle. Only four Disco Volante prototypes were ever made. The cars were based on the Alfa Romeo 1900, and the curvaceous bodywork was hand-formed by craftsmen from the coachbuilding company Carrozzeria Touring.
Carrozzeria Touring ceased to exist in 1966, and for nearly 40 years it seemed the company name would be confined to the history books. Then in 2006 the company was reborn under the name Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Since then they’ve been busy producing and designing a number of world class supercars. Including the Maserati A8 GCS, Gumpert Tornante, Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio Fastback and the Bentley Continental Flying Star. Earlier this week they announced their intention to reinvent the Disco Volante, and unveil the concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
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The original Alfa Romeo Giulia was one of the prettiest European family cars from of the 1960s and 70s. The coupe version was particularly good looking, and especially the 1963-1966 Giulia Sprint GT. With Alfa Romeo’s current styling language, and also their naming protocol, currently looking to their past models for inspiration, designer Dragos Prodan decided that it was about time the Giulia coupe was brought back to life.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Concept was designed to match up with the company’s current lineup of models – while also providing a healthy dose of classic Italian style.
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