Italian four-leafed clover brand re-buds in Franschhoek

  • Super-modern cars, historic village
  • Mighty new V6 turbo in top models
  • First order book load sold out already
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo

FRANSCHHOEK, Western Cape – Fiat Chrysler SA has introduced Alfa Romeo’s Giulia and Giulia Quattro Verde sports cars in this historic and picturesque, mountain-enclosed, village near Cape Town.

Some models, described as “in limited supply”, have already been sold. Prices ranged as high as R1.6-million. Others, fortunately, are much less expensive…

HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo

Such has been demand, Alfa SA says, that the first 46 orders for the Launch and Race Edition models were snapped up within three days of the order books opening. They are based on the top-of-the-range Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (four-leafed clover) and include carbon ceramic brakes and special paint finishes.

STOP/GO INCLUDED

For lesser folk, four trim levels are available in the Giulia on the 2.0 Turbo petrol versions. The Base (despite its name) has, according to Fiat SA, “a high level of equipment without compromising the value-for-money this model offers”.

For instance, 16” alloy wheels rims, dual-zone aircon, cruise control and stop/go are included.

A step up is the Super – a description of car models that’s been around since the 1950’s – adds 17” alloys, auto cruise control, gearshift paddles, twin exhausts, tinted glass and aluminium sill plates.

A ‘Stile’ pack, can be added to the Super which further adds 18” rims, Uconnect CD/DVD/MP3/satnav and sport and convenience packs which can add a sport steering wheel, aluminium facia, transmission tunnel and door-panel inserts, and xenon headlights.

HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo

A ‘luxury pack’ means leather facia and door panels, heatable and power-adjustable front seats, oak or walnut wood facia inserts, chromed window frames and auto-folding external mirrors.

Cabin finishes can be ordered in cloth or leather or cloth/leather combination according to model. The top-end QV, however, offers three leather/alcantara combinations or Sparco carbon fibre seat shells.

MAGNETTI MARELLI SATNAV

Depending on model, a nine or 18cm colour display carries essential information in four modules. All main controls, including a start/stop button, are in or on the steering-wheel while two simple knobs handle a ‘DNA selector’ and infotainment system.

A 22cm Connect 3D satnav developed with Magneti Marelli has a sophisticated series of features and functions controlled by means rotary switch. It comes with voice control.

The cars come with a number of crash avoidance / mitigation systems and a five-star crash protection rating..

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The four-cylinder, two-litre, turbopetrol engine is all-aluminium and makes 147kW / 330Nm (the latter from only 1750rm).

Then there’s the 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo, Ferrari-inspired, also aluminium, engine which, Alfa believes, is destined to become a benchmark in terms of tech and performance. It can deliver through its eight-speed gearbox,, Alfa claims, 375kW / 600Nm and is capable of more than 300km/h.

Just the job, then for the daily slog into town, hey…?

HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo

All Giulia models come with an eight-speed auto transmission; engines are all assembled in Italy. The QV version has carbon-fibre body bits.

PRICES

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available IN South Africa with the 2.0 model at R555 000, the Super version at R625 000 and the Super with Stile Pack at R695 000.

For the much bigger spenders, the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde will be available in limited numbers from R1.4-million with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a six-year or 100 000km maintenance plan.

 

 

HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
HOT ITALIANS BACK IN SA: Image: Alfa Romeo
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