Alfa Romeo celebrates return to Formula 1 with special edition Giulia and Stelvio

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Alfa Romeo has unveiled two special edition Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglios, new Ti versions of both cars and an updated Giulietta at the Geneva motor show. 

Alfa’s latest-generation Formula 1 car is also on display, as the brand celebrates its return to the sport under the Alfa Romeo Racing name with drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen taking the wheel for the 2019 season.

The limited edition ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ special series versions of the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio share a red-and-white livery inspired by the F1 racer. 

Unique stylistic details include Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbonfibre shells, and carbonfibre inserts in the gear knob and steering wheel. The 2.9-litre BiTurbo V6 in both cars will remain unchanged. 

Other models on show include a Stelvio Ti SUV, equipped with a 276bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, and a Giulia Veloce Ti in Misano Blue featuring extensive use of carbonfibre. Accompanying the brand’s models is a display of accessories from sister parts and accessories brand Mopar, and a merchandise stand displaying the Alfa Romeo Dolomiti e-MTB electric mountain bike. 

There’s also been a timely announcement of trim level revisions and a re-jigging of the engine range for the 2019 Alfa Giulietta: the Super, the Speciale and the Veloce. There is a choice of three different Euro 6D compliant engines – a 1.4-litre 120hp turbo petrol and 1.6-litre 120hp diesel in manual or auto, plus a 2.0-litre 170hp diesel available in TCT automatic transmission only. 

The entry-level Super comes with cruise control, dual air-con, front fog lights and rear parking sensors as standard; side skirts, sports seats, tinted windows and an oversized exhaust come with the Speciale; and the top-of-the-range Veloce includes 18in dark alloy wheels, twin exhausts, Alcantara and fabric seats, electric mirrors, auto headlights and wipers, and Uconnect 6.5in infotainment.

Ed Browne

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