The 1925 P2 Gran Premio
Le Mans. Monza. Mille Miglia. Monaco. You name it, Alfa Romeo has won it. Almost immediately after the company was founded in 1910, Alfa was off to the races as early as 1911, competing in the Targa Florio with the 42-horsepower A.L.F.A. 24 HP. Since then, they’ve gone on to win multiple championships in many different racing series, including Le Mans, Formula 1, the Mille Miglia, and the European Touring Car Championship. And as we all know, racing pedigree directly trickles down to the cars you can go out and buy at the dealerships. It’s been a while since Alfa’s been majorly competitive in racing, but you can bet the all-important DNA is still there.
2. They’ve built some of the most stunning cars of all time
Google images of the Tipo 33 Stradale, the 2000 Sportiva Coupe, or the 8C Competizione, and enjoy. There’s no denying that Alfa has a serious resume of drool-worthy cars at its disposal. Love it or hate it, the iconic triangular grille has adorned some of the most beautiful cars ever made, and with new superstars like the wacky-but-wonderful 4C and the aggressive and distinctive Giulia, this tradition seems like it has a good chance of carrying on.
3. They’re Italian, and Italians build exciting cars
Italian cars have been called many things over the years, like “passionate,” “visceral,” and “red.” One thing they’ve never been called, however, is “reliable.” But if you’re like me, I’d gladly take the former three characteristics over Toyota-like reliability any day of the week. With raucous engine sounds and out-of-this-world looks, not to mention a driving experience unlike any other on the planet, Italian cars have always been about the drive, not about the numbers or the cost. And few automakers short of Ferrari and Lamborghini exemplify this ethos better than Alfa Romeo.
4. They’ve got a new engine designed by Ferrari
That’s right, you can buy a new, Ferrari-engined Italian sports sedan for the price of a BMW M3. Alfa’s new turbocharged V-6 gets its roots from the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, both of which sport Ferrari-designed 6-cylinders that have a burble and roar only found in the Mediterranean nation. While it may have only half the cylinders of a traditional Ferrari and an engine mounted up front, one earful of an Alfa Romeo’s engine sound will prove that there’s a bit of Prancing Horse in their DNA. And that’s fitting, as Enzo Ferrari himself gained racing fame with a team of yellow-shield-badged Alfas.
5. They’re different from the competition… in the best possible way
German luxury juggernauts BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have become the success stories they are with years of cultivation, but many would argue that their success has made them softer. The new M3/M4 is an incredibly capable machine, but it lacks the visceral pleasure that its predecessors delivered and then some. With perfect 50/50 weight distribution, carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and looks designed to spook the pants right off a German engineer, the new Giulia means business, and it’s pulling no punches. The whopping 510-horsepower, sub-4-second Quadrifoglio is leading the charge on paper, but we wouldn’t be surprised if things are multiplied tenfold from behind the wheel.
Bizzee Auto Thoughts: The Alfa Romeo Giulia is now here and here to stay! We feel the Giulia certainly equals the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 along with the brand-new Jaguar XE. At the top of the array will be the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cloverleaf with it pinned to take the fight to the most recent M3 as well as upcoming twin-turbo C63 AMG with upwards of 520 hp! Under the hood, it will certainly showcase a genuinely firece and powerful 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine straight from the Maserati Ghibli. This engine is built by none other than Ferrari and in Giulia Cloverleaf role, is expected to create in between 480 hp as well as 520 hp. Whichever of those power outcomes is chosen, the vehicle will certainly be significantly much more powerful compared to the 425 hp M3.
We not only like the the Alfa’s Giulia but the 4C as well…Take for a test ride and see for yourself!