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Alfa Romeo celebrates 108th birthday with all-out Stelvio and Giulia special editions

Written by: Neil

Alfa Romeo has been enjoying some much-needed success of late with the recently launched Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV – and the Italian car maker hopes to build on the popularity of these models with two new limited edition variants.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING and Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING will make their debut at this month’s Geneva Motor Show, partly because only 108 examples of each will ever be built.

If 108 seems a random number, well it’s to celebrate 108 years since Alfa Romeo first came into being.

Celebrazione

The Nürburgring Edition Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING and Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING have been created to celebrate the records recorded by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track.

Using the standard Quadrifoglio models as a starting point, the NRING special editions add in carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts.

The front badge and the mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, like the side skirt inserts, and you’ll also get tinted windows, active cruise control, a Harman Kardon premium audio package and Alfa’s Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB.

Record breakers

Powered by a 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, the Stelvio holds the Nürburgring record for the fastest SUV in its segment, with a lap time of seven minutes and 51.7 seconds. With 504bhp at its disposal, it can blast off from zero to 62mph in 3.8 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is the Nürburgring record-holder for standard production four-door saloons, with a lap time of seven minutes and 32 seconds.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “At the start of the decade, Alfa Romeo was having a tough time. But now, it has doubled its model range and the new additions have delivered a real turn around. So it’s great to see Alfa relish in some of that success and these models are a worthy celebration of its achievements.”

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