Jan 232014
 

Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a small, lightweight, rear wheel drive sports car, similar in size to the Alfa Romeo MiTo. It uses a carbon fiber tub, front and rear crash box, and hybrid rear frame mainly out of aluminum to keep its weight at 895 kilograms (1,973 lb); 995 kilograms (2,194 lb) in the United States.[6] The 4C will be the first mass-produced Alfa Romeo car for re-entry into the US market by 2014.

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The 4C uses a new all-aluminium 1.75 L (1,742 cc) 240 horsepower (180 kW) at 6000 rpm inline 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. The engine has been designed for minimum weight, and will probably also appear in the 159 replacement, the Giulia. The engine CO2 emissions are 157 g/km and combined fuel consumption 6.8 L/100 km (42 mpg-imp; 35 mpg-US).[2] 0–62 miles per hour (0–100 km/h) acceleration is achieved in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 258 km/h (160 mph), the power-to-weight-ratio being just 0.33 hp/kg (8.22 lb/hp). Journalist of the Quattroruote car magazine demonstrated how the 4C accelerates from 0–100 kilometres per hour (0–62 mph) faster than 4.5 seconds. In race mode, with left foot on the brake pedal, if you pull the right shift paddle engine will rev at 3500 rpm, but if you pull also the left paddle engine will rev as 6000 rpm and 0–100 kilometres per hour (0–62 mph) time will go down to 4.2 seconds.

Alfa Romeo has also confirmed a new 1.8 litre, 300 PS (221 kW) engine, which may appear in the 4C.

The objective is to give enthusiasts the supercar of their dreams, a car with unique styling and design choices, to be driven on both road and track. Once, this was a dream. Now it is the Alfa Romeo 4C. Is this new alfa hitting the US shores soon? We where told it was!

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No concessions to style for its own sake, to convenience or to any desire to surprise. The essence of the Alfa Romeo 4C is simple: pure performance.
Every single design decision was taken with this in mind.

The heart of the beast, a centrally mounted engine, is clearly visible through the rear window. Every other element in the car starts from here. The round rear light clusters blend into muscular rear wings that house the air intakes for the intercooler. The energy-packed and dynamic sides taper into a perfect front profile for the headlights, inside which two V-shaped lines dive down to the shield-shaped grille and Alfa Romeo symbol.

The result is a car that conveys the pure spirit of motorsport. Every structural element has been conceived to fulfil a specific aerodynamic function, and to help create the downforce needed to ensure maximum grip during lateral acceleration.

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Entering an Alfa Romeo 4C means entering the world of motorsport. As with the exterior, everything on the inside has a precise function too. The 4C dispenses with the superfluous and provides only the essentials for superior driving performance.

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Alfa Romeo decided to produce the 4C in Modena, and set up a dedicated unit inside the Maserati plant. Here, the focus is always on evolved technology and top quality craftsmanship, a combination that leads to the production of cars that are truly unique in technical solutions and attention to detail.

You will want one, estimated price $ 55,000.00, but are we sure, of course not.

What about the convertible version? yes, I said it convertible, Sexy, fast, awesome.

This Alfa Romeo car is amazing.

For more information you can visit the alfa Romeo website at: http://4c.alfaromeo.com/en  or: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_4C

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Jan 092014
 

The 75 (Milano) is a rare find in the US, and maybe worldwide. Very few are still available and less in the condition of this 75, it is actually the last real Alfa Romeo build, before Fiat took over.

The 75 (Milano) was introduced in May 1985[5] to replace the Giulietta (with which it shared many components), and was named to celebrate Alfa’s 75th year of production. The body, designed by head of Alfa Romeo Centro Stile Ermanno Cressoni, was styled in a striking wedge shape, tapering at the front with square headlights and a matching grille (similar features were applied to the Cressoni-designed 33).

At the 1986 Turin Auto Salon, a prototype 75 estate was to be seen, an attractive forerunner of the later 156 Sport wagon. This version was, however, never listed for sale, being cancelled after Fiat took control of Alfa Romeo. The car, dubbed the 75 Turbo Wagon, was made by Italian coachbuilder Rayton Fissore using a 75 Turbo as the basis. Two estate versions were to be found at the later 1987 Geneva Motor Show; one was this Turbo Wagon and the other was a 2.0 litre version named the Sport wagon.

The 75 featured some unusual technical features, most notably the fact that it was almost perfectly balanced from front to rear.[8] This was achieved by using transaxle schema — mounting the standard five-speed gearbox in the rear connected to the rear differential (rear-wheel drive). The front suspension was a torsion bar and shock absorber combination and the rear an expensive de Dion tube assembled with shock absorbers; these designs were intended to optimize the car’s handling; moreover the rear brake discs were fitted at the centre of the rear axle, near the gearbox-differential group. The engine crankshaft was bolted directly to the two-segment driveshaft which ran the length of the underside from the engine block to the gearbox, and rotated at the speed of the engine. The shaft segments were joined with elastomeric ‘doughnuts’ to prevent vibration and engine/gearbox damage. The 2.0 L Twin Spark and the 3.0 Litre V6 was equipped with limited slip differential.  (In the USA only a 2.5 and 3.0 Litre engines where available)

More Information at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_75

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Jan 092014
 

DSC00908DSC00899This is a beautiful 1983 Alfa Spider Veloce, this cars is in perfect condition, many updates, fun and fast.

This is about the original Alfa Romeo Spider, launched in 1966.The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993 (190 Spiders were badged as 1994 Commemorative Editions for the North American market).[3] Widely regarded as a design classic, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes, with series I-III originally fitting Pirelli Cinturato 165HR14 tyres (CA67) across its lifetime. The three first series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese. The last Spider was produced in April 1993; it was also the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo produced before Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was introduced. On May 23, 2012, Fiat announced it was forging an agreement to develop a new Spider for 2015 with Mazda based on the Mazda MX-5 platform.[4] The agreement was finalized on 18 January 2013.

More information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Spider

The Alfa Romeo spider Veloce shown here was updated in many areas.  16inch dynamic wheels, cross drill / slash rotors, Quadrifloglio body kit, Euro head lights, 10.1 pistons, advance timing, K&N air filter, Recaro seats, New windshield, new top, OMP steering wheel and shifter, 1984 rear spoiler to replace the soft rubber one, Adjustable shocks, Super sports springs, Headers, free flow cat, magnaflow exhaust, Power antenna, power door locks, Alarm, and much more. All work and maintenance of the Alfa 75 and Spider Veloce shown in this site, where and are done in Los Angeles, CA, By Uwe backer.

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Jan 052014
 
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The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a mid-engined sports car built by Alfa Romeo of Italy. “Stradale” (Italian for “road-going”) is a term often used by Italian car manufacturer to indicate a street-legal (usually heavily modified and/or underpowered) version of a sports car. The car was introduced at the Sport Car Show at Monza, Italy in September 1967.[1] Only 18 have been made. The prototype (chassis No. 750.33.01) was sold to private Gallery Abarth, Japan,[2] a magnesium bodied Stradale replica (chassis No. 105.33.12) built in late 1970s and the five concept cars are now part of the Alfa Romeo Museum. In Top Gear’s 100 Sexiest Cars list, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was featured as number 15.

Derivation

The 33 Stradale, first built in 1967, was based on the Autodelta Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 racing car. The car, designed by Franco Scaglione,[5] and built by Carrozzeria Marazzi, made its debut at the 1967 Turin Motorshow.

Price

Built in an attempt by Alfa to make some of its racing technology available to the public, it was the most expensive automobile for sale to the public in 1968 at US$17,000[6] (when the average cost of a new car in 1968 was $2,822).[7] In the same year, in Italy, the retail price for a 33 Stradale was 9.750.000 lire.[8] Just to make a comparison, the Lamborghini Miura was sold for 7.700.000 lire,[9] while the average worker’s wage was about 150.000 lire.[10]

Features

The 33 Stradale is the first production vehicle to feature dihedral doors, also known as butterfly doors.[11] The 33 Stradale also features windows which seamlessly curve upward into the ‘roof’ of the vehicle. The car has aluminium body on aluminium tubular chassis. As a result of being built by hand, each model differs from the others for some details. For example, early models had twin headlights, replaced in the last ones by single lights. The position of the windscreen wiper, and even the number of them, is another thing that differentiates each example from the others. Also the late models have vents added behind both the front and rear wheels to allow hot air from the brakes to escape.[12]

The race-bred engine bore no relation to the mass-produced units in Alfa’s more mainstream vehicles. Race engineer Carlo Chiti designed an oversquare (78 mm (3.1 in) bore x 52.2 mm (2.1 in) stroke) dry-sump lubricated all aluminum 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) V8 that featured SPICA fuel injection,[13] four ignition coils and 16 spark plugs. The engine used four chain-driven camshafts to operate the valve train and had a rev-limit of 10,000 rpm.[14] The engine produced 230 hp (172 kW) at 8,800 rpm in road trim and 270 bhp (201 kW) in race trim.[15] The engine valves are operated via chain-driven double-overhead cams and has a 10.5:1 compression ratio. Because every Stradale is hand built and unique the power levels can vary by car, used rpms etc., for example the first production Stradale (No. 750.33.101) has factory datasheet that claims 243 hp (181 kW) at 9,400 rpm with a “street” exhaust and 254 hp (189 kW) with open exhaust.[16]

In another break from convention Alfa used, for the first time on a production car, a six-speed transaxle gearbox by Valerio Colotti. The car has 13-inch Campagnolo-made magnesium wheels and Girling disc brakes on all four corners,[1] the rear ones are inboard type. Despite wheel diameter is just 13 inches the wheels are eight and nine inches wide, front and rear. Suspension is like in mid-1960s race car with upper and lower control arms in front and double trailing arms in the rear, along with substantial antiroll bars.[17]

Although the Stradale is a road car, it has some limitations which may make the everyday use slightly hard, for example missing locks and the lack of ground clearance.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_33_Stradale