Alfa Romeo has built some brutish hot hatches in the past, none more impressive than the 147 GTA. However, none of them can hold a candle to this one-off V8-powered Giulietta that’s currently under construction. We stumbled across this image on Facebook with the car being built in the UK. In all likelihood, this potent Alfa Romeo Giulietta won’t be used as a street vehicle and instead be limited to racetracks and high-profile hillclimb events. The car’s V8 comes from an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and even if it’s not tweaked and fettled, will deliver 444 hp and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) from its 4.7-liters. We fully expect the powertrain to undergo some modifications, however. Will it be rear-wheel drive? There is a multitude of other modifications that distinguish this Giulietta from the regular road car. For example, the car features a bespoke front clip that incorporates flared front wheel arches. We can also spot new wheel arches at the rear which are hiding a set … [Read more...] about Mental Alfa Romeo Giulietta With An 8C V8 May Be The Ultimate Hatch
Since Alfa Romeo is returning this year in Formula 1 as a manufacturer, having rebranded the Sauber F1 Team as their own, it wants to mark the occasion in a special way. And what the ‘new’ outfit (still owned by Sauber, by the way, despite the Alfa Romeo Racing tag) came up with was a Valentine’s Day livery for the first display of their 2019 car, which occurred on… Valentine’s Day. So, Kimi Raikkonen took the special-liveried racer out on the Fiorano track that’s owned by Ferrari, which also supplies the (rebranded) engines and has a long history with the team-that-used-to-be-known-as-Sauber. We guess that, for some, it will come as a relief to learn that the hearts-and-cloverleafs motif that was paraded on the promo event earlier today is strictly a one-off (or a marketing ploy, if we’re being honest). Although this is the new chassis and engine that will compete in 2019, the car that will launch officially on Monday, February 18, at the … [Read more...] about Alfa Romeo Puts On Valentine’s Day Livery For Its 2019 Car Debut
As McLaren officially launched their MCL34 to the world, Alfa Romeo quietly got on with some on-track business. The team formally known as Sauber are officially launching their new car in the pit lane at the Circuit de Catalunya just before the first pre-season test gets underway on Monday. Alfa Romeo were using the Fiorano track as part of a filming day, where cars are permitted to rack up to 100km of running. The car was sporting a broody red camo livery… And was sporting a rather curious looking front wing compared to others we have seen so far… Some on-track footage also emerged… with the sound of that Ferrari engine purring away… Looking forward to seeing what is hiding under the camouflage next week! Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page. Alfa Romeo … [Read more...] about Alfa Romeo hit the track with testing livery
Kimi Raikkonen has said he is enjoying a more “relaxed” atmosphere at Alfa Romeo, where there is less “politics and bull****” compared to Ferrari. The Finn’s second stint with the Scuderia came to an end following the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Ferrari opting for rising star Charles Leclerc to partner four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel. It did appear retirement was on cards for Raikkonen, but his love and passion for racing is still strong and took the opportunity to rejoin his former team. “I think for sure here [Alfa Romeo] is more relaxed,” Raikkonen said via Motorsport.com. “It’s more about racing, and less about politics and bull****. Generally that’s easier for everybody, you know. I think that’s what everybody prefers, for sure. Raikkonen also had some words of advice for his replacement, Leclerc, and told him not get too involved in the background stuff and focus mainly on his driving. He said: … [Read more...] about Kimi: ‘Less politics and bull****’ away from Ferrari
A dated product lineup, questionable fuel economy across the board, a general need for some reworking. These are all issues with Fiat Chrysler’s offerings in North America. Today we’ll try and come up with some solutions. Today’s topic was generated by news yesterday of the $77 million in penalties FCA paid to the NHTSA, as its vehicles were not efficient enough to comply with fuel economy targets. But that’s not the only issue. Before we get into the weeds, let’s have a look at FCA’s current offerings on North American shores. Dodge Challenger Charger Durango Grand Caravan Journey Chrysler Ram Jeep Wrangler Renegade Cherokee Grand Cherokee Compass Fiat Alfa Romeo Maserati Ghibli Quattroporte Levante GranTurismo FCA has more than one brand with an incomplete lineup, and several vehicles which are past due for replacement. Fiat sales have fizzled these past few years, and Chrysler hangs on with just two products on offer — one of … [Read more...] about QOTD: Working Out the Future of FCA?