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New design, technology and safety features for hot Alfa duo
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7 May 2020

Alfa Romeo’s range-topping Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models have received a series of enhancements for the 2020 model year.

Mirroring some of the changes recently made to the regular versions of the saloon and SUV, the high-performance pair benefit from technology, design and safety upgrades to bring them into line with more recently introduced rivals, such as the facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 and new BMW X3 M.

External tweaks are minor but include new LED rear light clusters with dark lenses and gloss black detailing. A 21in alloy wheel option has been added to the Stelvio, while FCA’s parts and accessories arm, Mopar, has designed a new carbonfibre front grille, along with carbonfibre mirror caps and a carbonfibre spoiler.

Three new paint colours have been introduced, too: 6C Villa d’Este Red, GT Junior Ocra and Montreal Green.

Changes are more extensive inside, with a redesigned centre console that’s claimed to have “greater tactile and visual impact” and improve storage.

The most significant addition is a new infotainment system with an 8.8in touchscreen, connected services and a new interface. The Quadrifoglio models benefit from a new Performance Pages menu that provides real-time data on power and torque usage, component temperatures and turbo boost pressure.

More tweaks include swapping the carbonfibre-style trim on the steering wheel and gear selector for leather with stitching, plus adding the option of red or green seatbelts. Perforated leather upholstery is now optional, too.

Technology gains include a new Bosch-developed system that offers Level 2 autonomous features. These include Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist, along with the usual roster of adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring and traffic sign recognition.

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The powertrains of the cars go unchanged, with the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 still sending 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque to the rear axle of the Giulia and all four wheels of the Stelvio.

Alfa Romeo has added the option of a dual-mode titanium Akrapovic exhaust system with carbonfibre tailpipes, however.

Order books for the updated Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will open this summer. We expect a small price increase on account of the additions.

The updated Quadrifoglio models follow on from the recently unveiled GTA, a limited-run hardcore special which sees power rise to 533bhp, a 100kg weight reduction and a host of other additions translating to a 153,300 base price.

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7 May 2020

Not sure what the reliability of these things are like but a 20 plate Stelvio slowly passed as I was out walking yesterday and there was something defo amiss with its engine. Wasn't a Quad tho, looked more like a base model and sounded more like when you've started the washing machine and forgot about the coins in your trouser pocket.

7 May 2020
scotty5 wrote:

Not sure what the reliability of these things are like

OMG you still going on about Alfa's reliabilty ?! Its not the 80s anymore, theyve been reliable for years, as have most modern cars TBH.

7 May 2020
typos1 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

Not sure what the reliability of these things are like

OMG you still going on about Alfa's reliabilty ?! Its not the 80s anymore, theyve been reliable for years, as have most modern cars TBH.

 

Not from my experience, I had a QF for 6 months or so - it was non stop hassle and the dealer network was terrible.

7 May 2020
rsmith wrote:

typos1 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

Not sure what the reliability of these things are like

OMG you still going on about Alfa's reliabilty ?! Its not the 80s anymore, theyve been reliable for years, as have most modern cars TBH.

 

Not from my experience, I had a QF for 6 months or so - it was non stop hassle and the dealer network was terrible.

 

Oh dear...let's close down the factories, shut down the supply chain, make the dealership staff redundant and consign the name to the history books....all because YOU had a qf for a while and it didn't like you...now there's a surprise.

8 May 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

Oh dear...let's close down the factories, shut down the supply chain, make the dealership staff redundant and consign the name to the history books....all because YOU had a qf for a while and it didn't like you...now there's a surprise.

Apologies if I offended you, not meaning to start a worldwide pandemic against Alfa! Just my own 2p from exp. Prior to that, a while back, was a GTV which I loved, but that wasn't alot better!

7 May 2020
rsmith wrote:

typos1 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

Not sure what the reliability of these things are like

OMG you still going on about Alfa's reliabilty ?! Its not the 80s anymore, theyve been reliable for years, as have most modern cars TBH.

 

Not from my experience, I had a QF for 6 months or so - it was non stop hassle and the dealer network was terrible.

7 May 2020

I really, really wanted to order 280BHP Giulia recently but it was like going back 6 years inside.  This update adds little to the technology despite what they say.  It's still got old school xenon headlights, poorly integrated infotainment etc.  So with a certain amount of regret I ordered a conformist BMW 330i - but once I had the wireless Apple Car Play connected and the LASER lights on my Yorkshire moor roads, any regret vanished..... (and I can get it to self reverse along my driveway for 80 metres, not essential I know and maybe I'll lose my amazing reversing skill, but it is fun!)

7 May 2020

I would love to be able to buy a car that took me back 6 years.  Or preferable 16 years.

 

With smartphones, 'infotainment' is totally pointless.  

 

The sole advance in ownership pleasure and driving enjoyment has been bluetooth connectivity.

8 May 2020
Deputy wrote:

I really, really wanted to order 280BHP Giulia recently but it was like going back 6 years inside.  This update adds little to the technology despite what they say.  It's still got old school xenon headlights, poorly integrated infotainment etc.  So with a certain amount of regret I ordered a conformist BMW 330i - but once I had the wireless Apple Car Play connected and the LASER lights on my Yorkshire moor roads, any regret vanished..... (and I can get it to self reverse along my driveway for 80 metres, not essential I know and maybe I'll lose my amazing reversing skill, but it is fun!)

The 6 year old interior is one of the car's greatest features. Physical instruments and no iPad stuck on top of the dash -- wonderful. My 2018 Giulia is fantastic and has been completely reliable. I test drove a 330i and, as a former BMW owner and fan, wanted to like it. But the steering feel was AWFUL imo, weird and syrupy feeling. And faking the engine sound through the audio system is just reprehensible. 

8 May 2020
Speedraser wrote:

Deputy wrote:

I really, really wanted to order 280BHP Giulia recently but it was like going back 6 years inside.  This update adds little to the technology despite what they say.  It's still got old school xenon headlights, poorly integrated infotainment etc.  So with a certain amount of regret I ordered a conformist BMW 330i - but once I had the wireless Apple Car Play connected and the LASER lights on my Yorkshire moor roads, any regret vanished..... (and I can get it to self reverse along my driveway for 80 metres, not essential I know and maybe I'll lose my amazing reversing skill, but it is fun!)

The 6 year old interior is one of the car's greatest features. Physical instruments and no iPad stuck on top of the dash -- wonderful. My 2018 Giulia is fantastic and has been completely reliable. I test drove a 330i and, as a former BMW owner and fan, wanted to like it. But the steering feel was AWFUL imo, weird and syrupy feeling. And faking the engine sound through the audio system is just reprehensible. 

totally! "infotainment integration, apple car play... LASER (with big letters) lights.." it is clearly not about Cuore Sportivo for that BMW owner, and that's ok. I drove the Giulia QF, the original manual version, it was frigging fun!

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