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    Everything You Need To Know About The Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    Alfa-Romeo-Stelvio

    Based around the Alfa Romeo Guilia which is one of the best cars the brand has ever produced, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa’s first ever SUV – and with SUV’s becoming one of the most popular choices of car in recent years, Alfa’s version will need to be good. Quite simply, the Stelvio needs to be great, particularly with over €1bn being spent on the development of the Giorgio platform that provides the basis of Stelvio. The Alfa brand is known to be one that is meant to produce reliable vehicles, and more often than not they have failed to meet this criteria, aside from the renowned Alfa Romeo Guilia. Finding reliable and affordable second hand Alfa Romeo cars has never been easier, and the Stelvio may be one of the best to get your hands on. Here, we’re taking a look at everything that you need to know about the brand new Alfa Romeo Stelvio!

    Engine

    In the UK, buyers will have a choice between two petrol engines and one diesel engine, although if the vehicle becomes a success, Alfa may choose to increase the offering to three diesels, with a 2.2-litre unit in the works, available with 148bhp or 178bhp. Nevertheless, it isn’t certain whether the two additional diesel engines will be available in the UK. The petrol range will consist of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, and also a 2.9-litre V6, which was initially developed by Ferrari. The 2.0 litre engine alone will feature 276bhp and will propel the Stelvio from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. On the other hand, Alfa Romeo have already stated that the V6 will be the fastest SUV to race around Nurburgring.

    The diesel is certain to come to the UK, and will feature the same 2.2 litre turbo engine that can be found inside the spectacular Guilia. Because of the fact it is featured in the popular car, it is highly likely that this will attract the most interest out of all of the engines to be featured in the Stelvio.

    Design

    The design will be standard of the Alfa Romeo fleet, and will be heavily inspired once again by the Giulia Quadrifoglio, with key features including narrow LED headlamps, the trademark grille and more. The upper range Stelvio will be far more extrovert in styling when compared to the standard Stelvio.


    The cabin of the Stelvio is very driver-focussed, and will use a combination of wood and fabric (although the top range Stelvio Quadrifoglio will also feature carbon-fibre finishes). The car will also feature an infotainment system which will be in the centre of the dash, at 8.8 inches in size, and this will be controlled by a console on the steering wheel and come as standard. The rest of the cabin design will be carried over and be very similar to the Giulia.

    Technical Specification

    We cannot emphasise enough how similar the Stelvio will be to the Guilia, and will feature the same chassis with double wishbone front suspension and link setup at the back. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (in particular on the 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6). The V6 Stelvio will also feature carbon ceramic brakes in order to ensure that all of the power is perfectly able to be handled. The upper range Stelvio Quadrifoglio also features a four-wheel drive system, and the torque vectoring technology will be fitted to the car too in order to ensure the torque split between the front and rear axles are handled well. The torque vectoring technology is the first to be used on any Alfa Romeo which is an exciting addition.

    The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is set to be a very special car, and it’ll be no surprise to see it become the best-seller that Alfa Romeo have been looking for, for a number of years. 

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    Finalist Announced For World Car Of The Year! Who Gets your Vote? (PHOTOS)

    World Car of the Year finalists announced

    The upcoming New York International Auto Show will see the awards giving out for the world car of the year. The finalist in a range of categories have been announced. Here are the 11 finalists for the 2014 World Car of The Year in the ‘Performance’ category. Which model get’s your vote?

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    Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster World Car of the Year finalists announced>> Which Lamborghini Aventador Is the Best? The Coupe vs The Roadster? Who You Got? (VIDEO)

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    Who has your vote?

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    Should These ‘Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow’ Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?
    Let’s start this off by saying the folks at Hagerty know classic cars. They know them really well, and that’s why they’re good at pricing them, insuring them, and generally understanding the world of collector cars from minor muscle machines to top-flight European exotics. So when we hear that Hagerty had just put out a list highlighting the new vehicles that it feels should be considered future classics, we expected to be in total agreement. We aren’t.

    The rules: They must be new cars and they must start below $100,000. Out of ten on the list… we agree with about three of them. Maybe four.

    Let’s go through this list one vehicle at a time, shall we?

    1. Jaguar F-Type R

    2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

    No question, an easy pick and we would put it atop our list as well. However, we feel this one gets in by the skin of its teeth based on the rules. Hagerty is going off MSRP, but if you find someone who had actually paid just $99,000 for this crazy kitty we’d be shocked. Your author has driven a V8 S… which wore a sticker price of $104,000.

    2. BMW M5 Sedan

    2014 BMW M5

    Not a chance. If the E39 M5 hasn’t made the leap yet, then the latest iteration won’t either. We’re not saying the E39 won’t get there, because it definitely will… but it’s not there yet. If you have your eye on owning one though, you’d better do it now. As for the current car, just wait for it to depreciate… massively.

     3. Chevrolet COPO Camaro:

    2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

    Instant collectible. It’s produced in small batches, so its limited availability makes it instantly desirable for collectors.

    4.  Maserati Ghibli S:

    Maserati Ghibli

    You know how much current collectors love theoriginal Ghibli… wait, they don’t? Ah, got it. Look, the old Ghibli is a pretty cool looking machine, and the new car is, well, actually rather excellent, but it’s no future classic. No one will be pining for a vintage (current) Quattroporte 25 years from now, and no one will be pining for the baby version either.

    5.  Alfa Romeo 4C:

    2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

    Yes, a thousand times yes.

    6.  Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

    This will inevitably be a future classic, but that’s practically cheating. It’s going to take some time, of course, but it will eventually get there. Buy one for your great grandkids… because you’re not likely to see it rise in value in your lifetime.

    7.  Nissan 370Z NISMO:

    2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

    Nope. The 240Z? Come to papa. A 1984-1989 Z31 300ZX? Maybe someday. The twin-turbo Z32? There’s a chance, but we’re a ways off. The 350Z? Never. The 370Z is a great leap over the 350Z, and it’s a blast to drive… but we don’t see folks clamoring for them in the future.

    8.  Dodge Challenger Shaker:

    2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

    The future generation will probably opt for the 370Z Nismo before it spends serious coin at an auction block for a modern Challenger. This is just another thing that the old Challenger does better than the new Challenger… bring bucks at the auction block for years to come.

    9.  Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X:

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X

    The most confusing choice on the list. All those CJ5 and CJ7 Jeeps aren’t forecasting too strongly, so why should the Rubicon X? Think 4.0-liter I6-equipped Jeeps, not 3.6-liter units (even though that engine is WAY better than the last one Chrysler stuck in there).

    10.  Ford Fiesta ST:

    2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec) - First Drive, March 2013

    This one… actually could happen. The Fiesta ST could be one of those once in-awhile something-special machines that flies in out of nowhere, impresses everyone who touches it, and leaves us far to quickly. We hope that’s not the case, but it’s highly probable.

    So there you have it. That’s the Hagerty list, and that’s how we feel about it. We’d just like to reiterate that Hagerty typically knows what it’s talking about… so we could be way off. What do you think? Sound off below.

    via: Motor Authority

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