Meet the ‘Alfa Romeo Racing’ Giulia and Stelvio. Before you get all worked up anticipating some kind of slidey (and incredibly stylish) one-make series, then you need to know these are special editions of the road cars.
Thus the 503bhp Quadrifoglio versions of Alfa’s saloon and SUV receive a really quite bold livery that mimics the Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 car, with red decals placed upon white paint in a blink-and-you-won’t-miss-it way.
Indeed, the Alfa Romeo serpent makes three separate appearances on each car – once on the bonnet and on both rear pillars – while the tyres comes with yellow Pirelli script. Yikes.
Good job there’s performance to back up the not-at-all subtle motorsport hints, though no more than normal; luckily we don’t mind too much when the regular Giulia and Stelvio drive so well and make such a naughty noise. So you have a 503bhp V6 turbo in each, powering the rear wheels of the saloon and all four wheels of the SUV.
Linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox in both, too, which gets a new carbon knob while the steering wheel is Alcantara and carbon, and the seats carbon-shelled Sparcos. Cranking that noise up a bit further is a new Akrapovic exhaust. They might sound better than the F1 car…
These are no stripped-out road racers, either, with the usual suite of posh stereo, 3D sat nav and adaptive cruise control inside. Both will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, where we might also learn pricing. Given the much less severe looking NRing special editions added around £20,000 over standard, expect larger climbs – perhaps towards £90k for the Giulia – here.
In a statement to promote the F1-inspired cars created by his employer, 2007 F1 world champion Kimi Räikkönen said “Hmm… Mm.”