While the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic has put a lot of automotive introductions on hold, yesterday, the Alfa Romeo brand officially presented its updated 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio lineup. While some of the vehicles have already reached dealers across the globe, the introduction of the vehicles showed off several of the new features of both Quadrifoglio models for the 2020 model year, as well as some new aftermarket parts from Mopar for both vehicles.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are both powered by the aluminum 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The engine is rated at 510 horsepower (in Europe) at 2,500 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear-wheel wheels on Giulia Quadrifoglio using Alfa™ Active Torque Vectoring system and the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive system on Stelvio Quadrifoglio. A ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission is calibrated to optimize fluidity and comfort so the vehicles can easily be driven on all terrains.
In RACE mode, both vehicles release their full potential with lightning-fast gear changes in only 150 milliseconds. Each Quadrifoglio model is fitted with a range of systems designed to enhance the pleasure of driving, and offer the motorist the most authentic, engaging experience behind the wheel. These include Alfa™ Active Suspension, Alfa™ DNA Pro selector with RACE mode, and the Alfa™ Active Aero splitter in the Giulia. The systems are all coordinated and adapted in real-time by the Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control unit, constantly ensuring the ideal conditions for vehicle and driver to make the most of the exceptional performance of the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The soundtrack accompanying the Quadrifoglio driving experience is provided by a four-output Dual-Mode exhaust system, which is even bolder and more engaging in RACE mode. Customers can now opt to fit the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio with a new Akrapovič exhaust, another dual-mode system, in titanium with carbon fiber tail sections, featuring an even more sophisticated sound.
When it comes to style, the Quadrifoglio lineup expresses a simplicity that conceals the complexity of the creative design process. The result is an ergonomic, harmonious series of lines and instruments, volumes and spaces enveloping the driver is a complex, sophisticated piece of work.
Inside, the new design of the center console has great tactile and visual impact and offers more storage space. The steering wheel and leather-trimmed gear shifter are also new, as are the safety belts, now available in red or green as well as the classic black version. A new upholstery option for the electric sports seats, with perforated leather throughout will before the end of the model year. This new option expands the possibilities for customization of the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, still fitted with sports seats with leather and Alcantara throughout, as always as standard in these versions. Sparco sport seats with a carbon fiber shell structure are still available for the 2020 model year.
A new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system features connected services and a new more user-friendly interface design. Taking cues from Dodge’s Performance Pages, the new Quadrifoglio Performance Pages offers specific screens for the driver to view vehicle status in real-time. Features like…
- Engine/Transmission Temperatures
- Torque Delivery
- Turbo Pressure
- Real-Time Horsepower
- Digital Chronometers To Measure Acceleration & Speed
- Race Timers
While the outside of both models hasn’t changed much, both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio get new LED rear tail lamps and new gloss black front trilobe and rear badges. The Stelvio also gets a new 21-inch wheel design, exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version.
Both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio have introduced new ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), developed in conjunction with Bosch for level 2 autonomous driving, leaving the pleasure of sitting behind the wheel intact, only intervening to ensure total safety and increase comfort in heavy traffic or on longer trips. The feature uses electronic systems that require continuous monitoring of the driver, at the same time providing the support of greater comfort on long journeys. Nevertheless, the driver must continuously remain in control, always keeping their hands on the steering wheel.
The main enabling technologies in the 2020 Quadrifoglio models are:
- Lane Keeping Assist: Detects whether the vehicle is veering off from its lane if one of the direction indicators has not been triggered, and advises the driver using visuals and haptics, with active intervention to steer the vehicle back into lane.
- Active Blind Spot Assist: Monitors rear blind spots but also reports any approaching vehicles and corrects steering to avoid a collision.
- Active Cruise Control: Automatically adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front. In conjunction with the traffic sign recognition system, this technology adjusts the speed to within the set limit, for a more comfortable drive.
- Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control: This system uses the on-board camera, recognizes traffic signs, reports them on the display, and alerts the driver of the current speed limit.
The system, therefore, suggests the driver reduce their speed to the limit detected. If the driver accepts, the cruise control settings are automatically adjusted.
- Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist: To complement Active Cruise Control, these features monitor lateral positioning, keeping the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic (Traffic Jam Assistant) or on the highway (Highway Assist), while also adjusting the speed according to the current limits.
- Driver Attention Assist: Monitors driver drowsiness and triggers an alert, if necessary.
Also new for the 2020 model year, is the new and exclusive Quadrifoglio accessories line from Mopar. To bring out the sporting nature of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mopar has created the new and exclusive Quadrifoglio Accessories Line, to captivate visitors with an exclusive high-performance exhaust system made in conjunction with Akrapovič, a burnished rear light cluster kit, and exclusive paintwork. The widespread use of carbon fiber enhances aerodynamics, performance, and weight-to-power ratio, as well as accentuating the elegant, bold aesthetics of these two Alfa Romeo icons. As part of the exclusive Quadrifoglio Accessories Line, Mopar is offering a front grille with “V” insert, with mirror caps and rear spoiler also in carbon fiber.
Stay tuned as we will be taking a deeper look at both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio for the United States market, later this month.
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