One of the most interesting things about Alfa Romeo is its franco roots. It all started around 1906 in a suburb of Milan, where French automaker Dirac erected an automobile factory but when the economy soured a few years later the businesses manager director and Italian aristocrat acquired this facility than in June 24th, 1910. he rechristened the company and began building cars under a new name, Alfa and Romeo half came a few years late.
The very first alfa branded car was called the 24HP. even though its 4.1-liter engine delivered 25 horses, this apparent discrepancy has to do with its taxable power rating. well-engineered and quick, it delivered a terrifying top speed of 62mph. Wooden spoke wheels were provided with just two rear drum brakes.
Alfa is not a particular place, thing or even somebody's name, its an acronym standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. basically, that means the Lombard automobile factory company. In 1915 World War I, automakers supplied guns, hardware, and ammunition to their respective nations. however, Alfa lacks the funds to switch over to wartime production which is where Nikola Romeo enters. who was a prosperous engineer and entrepreneur? He acquired the firm building aircraft engines and portable compressors, making a mint in the process 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 is comprised of several elements, the red cross, and white filled motif on the left is borrowed from the Milanese coat of arms. while 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 of a hatch, 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 a 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, 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 Alfa Romeo 4C was also launched in a spider structure body type.
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 of Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, and many other SUVs currently offered on offer 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 most power than anything else they have ever built.
Alfa Romeo’s future plan seems to be changing direction. If reports 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 which will get 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.
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