Alfa Romeo unveiled its 4C Spider variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, tossing out the headlights found on the coupe for a more traditional pair.
Expected to enter production next year, the 4C Spider retains much of the design and performance that the coupe offers but weighs 132 lbs more thanks to the additional structural reinforcements needed by safety regulations for open-top vehicles.
Still, under the hood is a 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but this time around, at least for the display vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider sports a center-exit exhaust system from Akrapovic.
Italian coach builder Carrozzeria recently turned heads at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show by unveiling a modernized concept car of the original Touring Disco Volante they made for Alfa Romeo in 1952. The classic boat tailed rear window and small twin tail lights are a direct reflection of the Dico Volante’s 60 year old original design. The body of the new concept car sits on the previously released Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione which delivers 443 horsepower from a 4.7l V8 motor.
Carrozzeria is looking to build a few of these cars which will most likely be spoken for long before they are even started. Many enthusiasts agree the addition of this car would be a great addition to any Alfa romeo collection.
Matching Numbers, Short Wheel Base Super Sport by Pininfarina.
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C2500SS SWB Pininfarina Cabriolet
s/n 915797, Engine no. SS928109
Dark Blue with Red Leather Interior
A development of the prewar 6C 2300 and 2500, this 6C 2500 Super Sport is the ultimate variant of the old style elegant, glamorous, and luxurious Alfa Romeos that were developed under the guidance of Vittorio Jano and Wilfredo Ricart. The specification is accordingly modern, including dual overhead cam engine and independent suspension all round. Alfa Romeo ambitiously raced the 6C 2300 and 2500 following their introduction, amassing an impressive string of victories and podium finishes including 1-2 in the 1937 Mille Miglia, 1-2-3 in the 1937 6 hour Targa Abruzzo at Pescara backed up by another Pescara win in 1938. Successful races continued after the cessation of WWII hostilities, including an overall win in the 1950 Targa Florio.
Leading a long list of exciting early entries for the RM Auction – London, Battersea sale is a 1972 Alfa Romeo 33-3 TT, chassis number AR11572/010. Raced extensively by the famed Autodelta team in 1972, this historic sports racing car was a participant at Le Mans in the hands of Nino Vaccarella and Andrea de Adamich, the latter of whom also drove the car in the Targa Florio that same season. Accompanied by extensive documentation and presented in outstanding, highly original condition, it boasts a freshly rebuilt engine and is ready to compete at the world’s most prestigious events.
More detailed images of this unique Alfa Romeo can be seen at the RM Auction site.
Estimate: £525,000 – £575,000
Source: RM Auctions
With the Frankfurt Motor Show quickly approaching manufacturers are busy preparing what they will reveal to the public. Some are keeping us in the dark until the last minute, like Fiat and their third generation Panda. Alfa has chosen the path of suspense and posted the photo above on their Facebook page.
Alfa’s 4C is still over a year away but the Italian automaker has released the first official video of the car. The video goes over details that Alfa had already released such as the 4C’s 1.7 engine mated to a TCT dual-clutch transmission and its carbon chassis. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait to hear the aforementioned engine as there is music in the background.
You can find the video below, enjoy!
When Alfa Romeo left the U.S. in 1995 they did so with the promise to return as soon as possible. The first date tossed around was 2003, then 2004 which quickly became 2006. Years passed and there were still no new Alfas in the U.S., with the exception of the hundred or so 8Cs sold via Maserati dealers. The latest date announced was 2012 and that seemed pretty plausible. After all, Fiat made a successful return to the U.S., it would seem logical that Alfa follows suit promptly.
Alfa Romeo’s UK branch commissioned artist Louise Dear to create an art car to introduce the MiTo Sprint, powered by a 1.3 JDTM-2 four-cylinder diesel. The MiTo Sprint emits just 95 grams of co2 per kilometer, a statistic low enough to exempt it from the UK’s congestion charge.
Alfa has announced that it will stop taking orders in the UK for the 159 tomorrow. Other European countries are expected to follow suit shortly. The Italian automaker is preparing a replacement for the 159 called the Giulia but it is not ready yet so there will be a gap in Alfa’s lineup until the launch of the new car.
Starting this week the Alfa Giulietta can be ordered throughout Europe with Alfa’s much-anticipated TCT dual dry-clutch transmission. Alfa bills it as a more efficient and more fun alternative to a standard automatic transmission. It is commanded via a shift lever on the floor but the driver can also shift manually thanks to available paddles behind the steering wheel.
After making its debut at last March’s Geneva Auto Show, Alfa’s 4C GTA concept will be displayed for the second time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that will be held from July 1st to July 3rd of this year.
Alfa Romeo’s product plan until 2014 has been leaked on the internet and has revealed that the Italian automaker plans on launching seven new or redesigned models in the next three years, most of which will be available on the U.S. market.
The plan’s strategy sounds like a broken record: to revitalize the Alfa brand and sell the cars in North America, words that have been tossed around time and again since Alfa left U.S. shores in 1994. What’s different this time is that there are actions behind those words and everything seems to be fairly well planned out, not to mention imminent.
AlfaBB is not merely a forum, it’s also one of the largest Alfa-only marketplaces anywhere.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a project car, a trailer queen, parts, or even miscellaneous Alfa collectibles, odds are you can find what you are looking for on AlfaBB’s classifieds forums. It’s like a international Alfa garage sale that is open and updated twenty four hours a day.
If Fiats are more your thing, the FiatBB also has a classifieds section that works in the same way as the one on the AlfaBB.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been a tremendous success since its launch and has seduced both European consumers and the press. So far it has won sixteen prizes from the international press including the 2010 Best New Engine of the Year award, Auto Bild’s 2010 Design Award, the 2011 Auto Europa award, and it has earned a five-star crash test rating from the Euro NCAP.