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The Nürburgring Edition Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio "NRING"

Stars of the show will surely be the Nürburgring Edition Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio "NRING" and Giulia Quadrifoglio "NRING", two limited-edition, special series created to celebrate the records scored by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track. Stelvio holds the record for its segment, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds; it is the fastest SUV, equipped with the remarkable 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering 510 HP and 600 Nm of torque, powering a top speed of 283 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Giulia Quadrifoglio is the record-holder for standard production four-door sedans, with a lap time of 7'32", achieved thanks to its superlative handling, top speed of 307 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
Just 108 of each model will be made for collectors and the most loyal Alfa Romeo customers. The new limited editions have exclusive contents, such as the numbered badge in the carbon fibre dashboard insert, and the unique Circuito Grey livery, exclusive for this limited edition.
In addition to the features of excellence that characterise all Quadrifoglio cars, standard equipment on the "NRING" special series includes 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, also with carbon inserts. The front badge and the rearview mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, like the side skirt inserts. Not to mention tinted windows, active cruise control, the Harman Kardon premium audio package, and the AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8'' screen, Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and DAB. Giulia premieres a new bare carbon roof. Both have mats with red logo developed by Mopar.
Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio Nürburgring Edition sporting the "NRING" badge, are beyond top-range and perfectly showcase the excellence of Alfa Romeo.



The Quadrifoglio models are paragons of engineering quality and superior performance in themselves. For example, on Stelvio, for the first time, the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo powerplant is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. Both cars also incorporate AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control, which coordinates all the on-board electronic systems, to deliver the best performance and the utmost driving pleasure at all times. Specifically, the system manages and simultaneously assigns specific tasks to the various active systems, such as Q4 all-wheel drive (on Stelvio Quadrifoglio), AlfaTM Active Torque Vectoring system, AlfaTM Active Suspension, ESC and AlfaTM DNA Pro selector with Race function. The Torque Vectoring technology optimises Stelvio and Giulia's drive distribution and accentuates their sporting character. The two electronically controlled clutches in the Torque Vectoring system make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This ensures the optimal transfer of power to the ground even when the car is pushed to its dynamic limits. So driving is safe and fun without ever running up against an invasive stability control system.
The 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, supplied as standard, is specifically calibrated to shift in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. The transmission has a lock-up clutch to give the driver a powerful, precise feeling of in-gear acceleration. Depending on the DNA mode set, new auto 'box optimises fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments, including around town, and further improves fuel efficiency and cuts CO2 emissions.
So the excellence on offer is not just in performance: both the Alfa Romeo sports SUV and the sedan are also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel efficiency, thanks also to their electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the sailing function, available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode. Last but not least, to maximise the driving experience, they are both equipped with paddle shifters machined from solid aluminium which are integral with the steering column.











Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super with the new Performance Pack

The Geneva stand also proudly displays two Stelvio cars equipped with 2.0 Turbo petrol powerplant, in 200 and 280 HP versions, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. The engine is a 4-cylinder unit built entirely in aluminium with carbon drive shaft. Its distinctive features include MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve actuation system and 200-bar high-pressure direct injection, which combine to deliver a particularly snappy accelerator response across the rev range in addition to first-class fuel-efficiency.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio with 2.0 280 HP Turbo Petrol engine (peak torque of 400 Nm at 2,250 rpm) is best in class in terms of acceleration, powering from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Its top speed is 230 km/h.
Alongside it, a car with the same engine in 200 HP version: maximum torque of 330Nm at 1,750 rpm and top speed of 215 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds.
Two important new features are debuting on the two cars on show, namely the new leather dashboard and door panels and the Performance Pack, which includes active Alfa Active Suspension (also available separately as optional equipment), self-locking rear mechanical differential and paddle shifters machined from solid aluminium. Alfa Active Suspension dynamically adapts its response to driving conditions, the selected AlfaTM DNA mode and the driver's preferences. The self-locking rear differential guarantees perfect traction for a smooth driving experience, emphasising the agility and sporty nature of the car, with positive effects also on safety.



The two cars on show are enhanced by two packs which underline the multifaceted character of the Alfa Romeo SUV, equally at home in sporting and luxurious interpretations.The former, with 280 HP engine and Competizione Red livery, fits a Sport Pack comprising aluminium inserts, aluminium pedals, sporty steering wheel and red brake callipers. Other features include leather seats and dashboard with grey stitching, privacy windows and roof bars.
What is more, Mopar, the Official Service Partner of Alfa Romeo for services, spare parts, genuine accessories, assistance and customer care, has developed special accessories for this car, including 20" matte black wheels.
Next to it, a 200 HP Stelvio Super with a luxurious soul, in Volcano Black with beige leather seats and dashboard and grey wood inserts. This model has 20" alloy wheels by Mopar with black painted callipers.



 

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I just wish that Alfa would start offering/sending the upgraded versions with the all the promised late availability options to the USA. I know some promised options have recently become available, like Apple/Android and the leather dash and panels, but you can't yet configure a build on their web site and when is the Lusso package going to come out here? . I feel Alfa Romeo didn't do themselves any favors by rolling out the Stelvio in the USA without all the bells and whistles being available from the get go. It's not easy to get potential customers to take a second look once they've walked away disappointed with the lack of expected equipment or interior upgrades, there are a lot of other vehicles in its category to choose from and I want Alfa to succeed here in the States not flounder due to a half assed effort.
 
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