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Ryan

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Everyone keeps saying that NA got a Hornet twin. Based on what I knew at the supplier launch, its the other way around Alfa got the Hornet twin. There is a BIG difference.
How is that the case when styling is clearly Alfa, with a Dodge grille slapped on? Surely if it was Alfa that got the Hornet twin, we’d see more Dodge influence than a smaller Stelvio clone?
 

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How is that the case when styling is clearly Alfa, with a Dodge grille slapped on? Surely if it was Alfa that got the Hornet twin, we’d see more Dodge influence than a smaller Stelvio clone?
Because there is more to a car than the styling. And a grill is not the front facia, bumper cover, lighting package, hood, rear cap, and rear lift gate. That is a bit more than a grill slapped on it. And again that all we can see, I can tell you for a fact that when launched under SM the Tonale was to be new level of metal replacement, mostly places that you cannot see, making it nearly exotic light. What appears to have happened is the conventional parts, independent of styling destined for the Hornet had apparently made it way to Tonale instead of what was intended originally because as you correctly point out there is not much difference between them other than the cap styling and subtle changes in the interior. It was clearly Pepe Lecheapskate'ed. And from a Alfa perspective to be light, nimble, and quick it has way to much Hornet. Still best in class but not semi-exotic at all.
 

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It's funny to think that Carlos Tavares changed Tonale engineering or structural elements 13 months before Job 1. Never ever. If somebody downgraded the Tonale, it was Manley & Kuniskis/Bigland.

Tavares & Imparato might have stopped engine and equipment options, but not core vehicle parts with supplier contracts in that short timeframe. Tonale is gettting praised for best build quality in Alfa's history and for great handling (in its class). It just lacks stronger engine options in the EU.
 

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It's funny to think that Carlos Tavares changed Tonale engineering or structural elements 13 months before Job 1. Never ever. If somebody downgraded the Tonale, it was Manley & Kuniskis/Bigland.

Tavares & Imparato might have stopped engine and equipment options, but not core vehicle parts with supplier contracts in that short timeframe. Tonale is gettting praised for best build quality in Alfa's history and for great handling (in its class). It just lacks stronger engine options in the EU.
they would be of course line side pull items... inter-changable with metal components. So not only could they be changed Job1 but could be a running cost saving change. Imagine how it would handle and accelerate if lighter.
 

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So, one of the recent articles said that those who put some kind of orders in for this car are having them built...yet, going onto the official page for the Hornet, there doesn't seem to be a way for people to build and spec theirs just yet. Still the 'sign up for updates' thingy.

Isn't too late to get such page started and running for Dodge, I don't believe, but it is confusing. I wonder if dealers have a better idea of what's up, if they're getting the pesky stingers soon or just as confused as us about things?
 

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I do really like it in this colour: SPOTTED: 2023 Dodge Hornet GT Track Pack AWD In Public.

Still an awkward ride height, but I doubt it would scrape pulling into my work parking lot like our Prius does
Eh. Pictures don't do it justice that much, I feel absolute boredom looking at them.
Can't wait to see the more vibrant blue (Blu Bayou) one captured, and that Gold (which I think is derived from the Orce color that Alfa uses) is gonna look so much better in person.
 

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