Archive for the ‘alfa romeo’ Category

The best of the 2017 New York International Auto Show

April 14th, 2017

Jonathan Gitlin

NEW YORK—It seems like barely any time has passed since our last major auto show, but the world’s auto makers are back in Manhattan this week for the 2017 New York International Auto Show. You’ll be able to read (and watch) our take on many of the new vehicles on display in the coming days, but what follows are our picks for the best new models you’ll be able to see at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, starting today when the auto show opens to the public.

Outstanding in the Automotive Technology field: Cadillac Supercruise

Since this is a technology site, we’ll kick things off with the best new automotive technology of this year’s NYIAS. That honor belongs to Cadillac, which is joining the semi-autonomous driving fray with its new “level 2” system, called Supercruise. We have driven some pretty good semi-autonomous systems recently: Audi, Volvo, and Tesla all spring immediately to mind. These use a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assists to keep your car on track on the highway, backing up the human driver to counteract fatigue and provide a little digital helping hand on long drives. Supercruise combines those two driver assists with a few extra neat features that mark the next step on the road to fully self-driving vehicles.

Read 19 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in alfa romeo, Ars Approved, BMW, cadillac, Cars Technica, Features, Ford, NYIAS, porsche, RAM, volvo | Comments (0)

Alfa Romeo’s 4C Spider is the junior supercar Ferrari hasn’t built

June 6th, 2016

Alfa Romeo’s 4C Spider is a car of won’ts and nots. Aside from the fully carbon-fiber tub—like a million-dollar LaFerrari—you won’t find much high-tech zootery (or is that high-zoot tech-ery?). You won’t find autonomous lane-keeping, radar-fed cruise control, crash-avoidance software, or inductive charging mats. It does not have luggage space where a normal suitcase will fit. Power steering or power retractable roof? Not so much. You’d even be challenged to find basic cruise control at all, unless you look hard, because it’s hidden pretty well. But, you won’t care.

You will find a laser-focused sports car, nimbleness, and a big dose of driving magic it otherwise takes Ferrari money to obtain. Yes, this is the $64,000 “baby Ferrari” question that nearly no one asked for ($76,495 with options as tested). It’s as simultaneously brilliant and flawed as actual Ferraris of 10 or 15 years ago. In that sense, a “best of times / worst of times” sports car. Dickensian.

Throw the lightweight little Alfa (2,487 lbs/1,128 kg) around a track or your own favorite set of switchbacks, and you quickly discover why this car is here on Earth. The Alfa snicks and sticks everywhere, making you a driving champion mentally. This is a Michael Schumacher maker for your mind.

Read 21 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in alfa romeo, Alfa Romeo 4C, Cars Technica | Comments (0)

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia: Italian good looks and lashings of technology

March 27th, 2016

Meet the Giulia—Alfa Romeo’s credible return to the US small luxury sedan segment. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Was it Top Gear that issued an edict saying one could only be a real car enthusiast if they’d owned an Alfa Romeo? That would have disqualified most Americans from earning that title for many years; Alfa Romeo pulled out of the US market in the mid-’90s. But this summer, the brand returns to these shores with the arrival of the Giulia sedan.

Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in alfa romeo, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ars Technica Videos, Cars Technica | Comments (0)

2016 Geneva Motor Show: Supercars, concepts… and cars you can actually afford

March 3rd, 2016

You might think the Volkswagen group would be wise to keep a low profile at the moment, in the wake of the devastating diesel engine emissions scandal that has yet to play out to its conclusion. But no, the news from the Geneva motor show is dominated by VW group in the shape of its new hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron.

The replacement for the remarkable but frankly absurd Veyron is all the more remarkable, not least for managing to get built at all in a time when VW has pledged to restrict itself to essential, core activities. It’s remarkable, too, in that it takes virtually every Veyron metric and bests it.

Bugatti Chiron

The Chiron is (slightly) longer and wider, significantly taller, and about 150kg heavier than the Veyron, despite weight-saving measures including the use of a full carbon composite structure, a carbon intake manifold and engine cover, titanium brake callipers, and a titanium exhaust system.

Read 23 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in alfa romeo, Aston MArtin, Bugatti Chiron, Cars Technica, ferrari, geneva motor show, maserati | Comments (0)