watching the celebration of John McCain's life of ethics and honor (as compared to he who must not be mentioned),
Keating Five ring any bells?
At any rate, I'm sure that even if the Giulia had a manual, some of you would find some other reason not to like it. Maybe it's the rotors taking a crap after 2 laps on a track, or the irritation of the auto-stop function, or the lack of a trunk pass-through, or the non-color logo on the steering wheel, or the factory tires that wear out after three trips to the store and it doesn't handle *quite* as amazing as it did once you mount aftermarket tires.
I don't think FCA really cares about that handful of naysayers. Nor should they. Alfa has sold over 14,000 cars (as of the end of July) this year, on track for 24-26k. The best year prior to that was a little over 8,000 cars, in 1986.
Best guess for US revenue this year will be somewhere around $1 billion. With a B.
My Q has 7k miles on it now, and I love it more every day. I use manual mode, so it is always in the exact gear I want it to be in--unless I'm stuck in traffic, when I can put it in normal mode and flip on the adaptive cruise control, and just sit back and relax while the car inches along for me. If a business call comes in, I can press a button on the center console and not worry about trying to fiddle with shifting and a phone in hand. I can stream 80's rock off Tidal, and put it in race mode and blast up an on-ramp right behind a very shocked McLaren. I can swing the back end around a corner like a Top Gear reviewer, and then I can shut the volume down while I pull into my neighborhood. It's a modern car for modern life.
With luck, we'll see a hybrid-drive GTV in a few years, and another eye-popping 8C soon after. It's a great time to be an Alfisti, as they are making some amazing cars right now. We forgave our old Alfas for being leaky rattle-traps, because they were fun. If you can't have fun driving a new Q, adding a manual isn't going to change that---you just don't like modern cars.