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Alfa pops the top on 4C Spider in Geneva —

Filed under: Cars, Convertible, Performance, Motor Show, Europe, Alfa Romeo

Alfa has made all manner of vehicles the years: hatchbacks, sedans, coupes. there’s even talk of a crossover. But it could be that the quintessential Alfa is a roadster. While the future of the with Mazda remains in Alfa has arrived in Geneva year with a Spider of the nimble little 4C.

As anticipated, the 4C chops the roof off the coupe and it with rollover bars, and windshield frame all made of and a lightweight canvas top. As a the 4C Spider is said to weight 132 pounds more than the fixed-roof version. The low-density Moulding Compound bodywork has rebuilt around the rear to replace the back, and carbon is visible throughout the open

The 1.75-liter turbo 4-cylinder and dual-clutch transmission carry unchanged, as do the performance stats: in 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 155 The 40/60 front/rear weight is also quoted as unchanged the coupe, maintaining the 4C’s balance. The 4C Spider also more conventional (read: headlights, and a central exhaust made by Akrapovic (of motorbike from aluminum and titanium.

billed as a Design Preview, the 4C is set to go into production early year. All we’re waiting for now is for Romeo to finally bring — and the rest of its lineup to North America.

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Touring’s Volante makes us green envy [w/video] —

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In its entire production Alfa Romeo only built 500 examples of the 8C Competizione just 90 of which ended up in the States — and another 500 That makes it a pretty car indeed, but it’s positively compared to the Disco Volante, the reborn by the talented and steady at Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.

In with Autoblog . Touring’s CEO Mancardi confirmed that the will only build examples of the Disco Volante, in chosen by their individual one in black, one in blue, one in silver, the one in you see here and the rest in different of red.

That makes particular example a one-of-a-kind of art that we were privileged to here at the 2014 Geneva Show, and you can see what we saw through the lens in the high-resolution image above, or by checking out the video

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Fiat reconsidering Mazda-based Romeo roadster? [w/poll]

Filed under: Convertible, Alfa Romeo, Fiat

giveth and Alfa taketh With apologies to Job (he has gone a lot, after all), how things are looking at the Italian — whether it’s the of new products or its impending return to the American market. But it’s true when it comes to new

While Alfa Romeo is to unveil the 4C Spider at the Geneva Show this week, are now suggesting that its other project is being called question. That project is a venture between Fiat and which was set to produce a version of its MX-5 Miata as an Alfa and was even changing the design to Alfa’s requirements.

Now it appears, that the whole project in The problem seems to stem Sergio Marchionne’s pronouncements as long as he’s in charge, won’t be an Alfa Romeo outside of Italy.

The principal some problems, but also some windows open. For it could mean that the project would be postponed after Marchionne retires, but not expected to happen any time For another, it could mean the Alfa roadster would be by Mazda and based on its architecture, but back in Italy — the deal is said to call for to do the manufacturing.

The prospect that our at at Automotive News Europe are on, however, is that Marchionne switch its commitment to Mazda to brand.

Eliminating Ferrari, and Lancia as possibilities, ANE figures the could be transferred to either or the Abarth performance brand. Fiat Barchetta concept promising in 2007, and Abarth was rumored to get its own roadster — and manufacture outside of Italy as it is. But for matter, we wonder why — Fiat and Chrysler now under the umbrella — it couldn’t be instead as a Dodge or SRT.

The concept of 1997 and the Demon of did show some promise, all. What do you think?


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Touring its Alfa Disco Volante in and gold for Geneva [w/poll]

Filed under: Coupe, Alfa Romeo, Design/Style

If you the latest episode of Top Gear . have seen Jeremy driving a red version of Touring’s Volante around Italy, showing off a silver-finished one in the studio in the UK. But when the doors open at the for the 2014 Geneva Motor this week, Carrozzeria Superleggera will have version to show off.

here, this version of the Volante has been done up in green with gold for a treatment that looks less Italian and more — something Colin (not to mention Green Bay fans) would appreciate. not sure it’s our favorite of one of the most stylish cars can buy (particularly with the rosso grille and tailpipe inserts), but we’re not the one buying it. This was likely produced for a specific

The Disco Volante, for those is essentially an Alfa Romeo 8C — already a looker in our — that’s been by reborn Milanese coachbuilder The carrozzeria was established back in went under in 1966 and was in 2006, adopting the Superleggera that its forebear coined pioneering lightweight monocoque techniques. Since its revival it has its magic on Maseratis, Bentleys, and more.

The Disco Volante is to order at what you can bet is a not unsubstantial

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Alfa Romeo brings the Quadrifoglio Verde —

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With a history as as Alfa’s, the brand has a wealth of to draw on. Of course the Alfa logo itself has its own clout and as do nameplates like Giulietta, and Spider. But another symbol the marque’s 104-year history is the Verde.

The green clover has adorned the most hardcore Alfas since 1923. The was brought back to distinguish the top of the MiTo and Giulietta in 2009, of which are now headed to the Geneva Show in even more form.

The new three-door MiTo QV a 1.4-liter turbo four 170 horsepower to the front wheels Alfa’s six-speed dual-clutch giving it a 0-62 time of 7.3 and a 136-mph top speed. The latest Giulietta QV, meanwhile, packs a turbo four with 240 — the same engine and DCT as the 4C, only turned around to the front wheels from the end. It’s good for a sprint to 62 and a 150-mph top speed.

models come with a of upgrades both inside and details of which you can read in the release below. But one of the most parts is the matte grey which Alfa is offering on models, and which only us anticipate the marque’s eventual to the North American market much more.

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Alfa bringing 4C Spider to Geneva

Filed under: Convertible, Geneva Motor Show, Romeo

With the Geneva Show fast approaching, receiving news left, and center of various debuts up. And the latest bit of intel suggests Alfa Romeo has prepared an version of the 4C for debut at the Swiss

The 4C Spider is tipped to incorporate changes over the fixed-roof version. For one, it’ll a removable roof panel people might call it a along with a pair of roll hoops affixed the bucket seats. That’ll the Alfa 4C a wind-in-your-hair driving to go with its high-output 1.75-liter four.

We don’t know at point if the car will debut in or production form, but word Italy has it that the 4C Spider also feature a different design (in place of the controversial headlamp units on the coupe) of course, a different set of wheels.

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Only US Fiat dealers to get Alfa franchises —

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Alfa has been rumored to return to the US so many times for so many it’s hard to keep This time, though, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne that it’s for real. is scheduled to reappear in the States summer with its 4C sports as its introductory model. However, won’t be able to pop into any Fiat showroom and leave a 4C — it’s planning to sell Alfas at its best-performing according to The Detroit News .

In fact, the first 4Cs sold won’t be sold at Fiat at all. Instead the first of cars in June will go to dealers, not unlike the handful of 8C Competizione coupe and convertible that trickled in starting in According to Fiat Chrysler Rick Deneau, the company is deciding which Fiat will participate in Alfa’s

Many of Fiat’s US dealers are not happy with the meritocracy They built Fiat partially on the promise that would enter the US market in then 2013, and now later year. Even worse for the prospects for more mainstream Romeo models in the US are still

This isn’t the first that we’ve heard Fiat plans to keep Romeo exclusive in the US. Still, only plans to export a 1,000 4C sports coupes a here. If Alfa wants to be a player in America and be a money-making globally, it will need far sales than that.

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Watch Alfa’s 4C storm up hillclimb course quicker a Corvette —

Filed Coupe, Performance, Videos, Romeo, UK

Alfa Romeo’s 4C remains a car that we in the United are forced to admire from Thankfully, our petrolheaded brethren in the UK and seem all too happy to flaunt the 4C at every opportunity. Take video of the team at Goodwood, the mid-engined Alfa up the estate’s hill.

Watching the 4C run the course belting out its adorably angry note is plenty entertaining on its Of course, it gets better the Goodwood folks lay down serious rubber following the 61.1-second lap. That bests the wet time of the Chevrolet Stingray, by the way.

Have a below for the full video the team at Goodwood.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia rightfully fawned over by —

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Following the Top Gear You can’t be a true petrolhead you’ve owned an Alfa is rather difficult for those of us in America. Faced with a lack of new cars and an equally abundance of vintage basketcases, the to Alfa ownership is a difficult one for of the new world.

Where there’s a there’s a way, though, and the certainly seem worthwhile, as we see Casey Annis and his gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce 1600. Annis is the and editor of Vintage Racecar . so he knows a thing or six about classic Alfas. The video his Alfa, which has been to Veloce specifications, as well as the Alfa community is like as a

Petrolicious has the story on Annis and his in its latest video. Fans of Italians are not going to want to this one.

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Hagerty these 2014 models are classic cars —

under: Classics, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, SUV, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati, Nissan, Romeo, Luxury, Off-Road

has announced its annual list of classics, the 2014 Hot List. these are some of the prettiest, and most entertaining vehicles on There are limits, though. not going to see a Ferrari LaFerrari or Wraith on this list, Hagerty only considers with MSRPs below

Other requirements are that the are produced within the 2014 year, although certain were considered if they out on previous Hot Lists.

Most new car focuses on the latest interactive alternative power sources, and the to increased efficiency, said Hagerty, the insurance company’s and CEO. But for a car to be collectible in the future, it has to be right off the assembly line. A car has to grab you and not let you go.

Occupying the Number One — and just barely, the $100K price cap — is the new F-Type R, the svelte coupe debuted at the 2013 LA Auto Also squeaking in is the $92,900 BMW M5 and $90,000, drag-ready COPO

The rest of the list is slightly attainable, with the $75,000 Ghibli S coming in at number Alfa Romeo’s $54,000 4C, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Nissan 370Z Nismo the semi-affordable sports cars. the Dodge Challenger R/T with its new hood, the off-road-ready Jeep Rubicon X and the Ford Fiesta ST hot round out the list.

Scroll for Hagerty’s explanation behind car making the list, and then a look at our gallery of images of car.

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Alfa Romeo 4C the track and the throttle in Italy —

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Videos, Romeo, Luxury

We’re not sure if or when we’ll get it, but we how fast it’ll get ’round the we know its headlights can give the the heeby-jeebies and we know we like it. a track day in Italy and thanks to user Marchettino, we also what it looks like in and what its 1.75-liter, four-cylinder note sounds like you aim a camera at its rear and have lay his foot on the throttle.

Spoiler: a very nice sound, in the briefly throaty antics of Fisichella, Chris Harris and our own Drive hadn’t convinced you And that makes it all the more that three years it was introduced as a concept we’re waiting to find out if we can have it. You can your pining to the sounds in the below.

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Podcast #360 —

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Episode #360 of the Autoblog is here, and this week, Dan and Jeff Ross discuss the Ford Mustang, reports of the plan to bring Alfa back to the US, Chevrolet leaving and Holden closing down in and the price barrier that’s down potential EV buyers. Dan interviewed Jacques Brent, marketing manager for the 2015 and Sebastian Ruta and Joe Oh from . We start with what’s in the and finish up with some of questions, and for those of you who hung us live on our UStream channel, for taking the time. You can follow after the jump with our QA.

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Fiat set to invest on new models, stop Euro in 3 years —

Filed Europe, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Plants/Manufacturing, Earnings/Financials, Alfa Romeo, Fiat

Naturally, you’d a massive automaker like to have an in-depth plan to the current European-market doldrums, and expect that plan to plenty of new vehicles to attract precious buyers that remain despite the financial And you’d be right, though does seem to have a few twists up its corporate sleeve.

the biggest shocker is a report Fiat will completely the Punto, a car with mass-market aimed at small-car buyers the popular Volkswagen Polo. Its will be a five-door Fiat 500 at upmarket buyers (sounds similar to the 500L) that be built in Poland. Lower-end will reportedly be served by of the Fiat Panda.

Borrowing a from the BMW, Daimler and playbook, reports Automotive . Fiat is said to have to reignite production at its Italian by retooling them to build vehicles from Maserati and Romeo. These will be as premium products, built by Italian workers (who are wages that are 75-percent than those building in Poland), and will be sold the world.

As always, it takes to make money, and Fiat be investing an estimated $12.3 (9 billion euros) over the three years in its European plan. The payoff if it works, which will include back tens of thousands of workers, could be huge for Fiat and the European economy.

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Alfa Romeo’s relaunch plan to hinge on new platform —

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Brands and brands go in the automotive industry, but for the prospect of Alfa Romeo from the face of the earth is a thought too painful to bear.

Fortunately, parent company isn’t about to give up on the Italian marque, even decades of losses. This Automotive News reports, Romeo’s sales are expected to below the 100,000-unit mark for the time since 1969. But chief Sergio Marchionne has a to turn it around.

Or another we should say, since will actually be his fourth at returning Alfa to profitability taking the helm less ten years ago.

The details of plans for Alfa — and for the and Chrysler groups altogether won’t be revealed until but what we already know is it will center around a new platform being developed by Maserati. That’ll be good for enthusiasts who sigh at generation generation of lackluster, front-drive but it gets better: since itself can’t justify the cost of new architecture, the new rear-drive is also expected to be used for Chrysler and Dodge products the replacements for the 300, Charger and

For Alfa’s part, the platform is to underpin the new Giulia sedan and a larger sedan and a midsize the first of which are expected to late in 2015 or early the year. And best of all, of these new models is tipped to to the United States at long as well as help Alfa get a foothold in the Chinese markets.

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The crazy backstory on the man sold 15 cars on Craigslist for —

Filed under: Etc. BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, This

A man who lives in Miami posted a Craigslist ad containing 15 for $25,000, and he somehow managed to the whole collection to a Los Angeles-based according to Hooniverse . The sale included vehicles by Mercedes-Benz, Lotus, Alfa Romeo and spanning 14 model years.

the ad spurred enough hype for the identified as Bruce, to write a documenting his former jobs as a and a car dealer, the expensive cars he to own, a mob connection and more. all of it leads to why he had a collection of 19+year-old that he ended up selling for each.

If you have a spare ten or so, head over to Hooniverse to Bruce’s story.

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