The Alfa Romeo in 2019

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The Italian brand prepares the commercial launch of the new turbo petrol engine with 1.33 liters and 180 hp. Premiered by Giulia, it will arrive in 2019 with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and high performance, a block that, according to Alfa Romeo, consumes much less fuel.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is ready to face 2019. The sport saloon will arrive in the new year with a new turbo petrol engine from the FireFly family of thrusters entering the purest “downsizing” philosophy by launching a new 1.33-liter engine with a maximum power of 180 horses.

 

The new block is part of the new strategy of mechanics SGE, acronym of “Global Small Engine Family“, shelving the old family of engines “Fire” that has been extended for 30 years with numerous revisions until the new emission standards of CO2 could no longer be avoided.

Presented at the Vienna Symposium, the new GSE engine family will be extended in different versions by the Fiat, Jeep and Alfa Romeo models, with the Giulia being one of the first of the Biscione brand to launch the new turbo four-cylinder 1.33 liters that will yield a maximum power of 180 horses, and with some features that you can see below:

The new 1.33 T4 engine, which will also be mounted on the Stelvio, has a very compact combustion chamber and a direct injection system with a pressure of 200 bar, four valves per cylinder, variable valve control “MultiAir II”, an exhaust manifold built into the cylinder head and a monoscroll turbo, a combination of technologies that allows you to cut the engine’s warm-up time and save fuel.

With a weight of only 110 kilograms, the Italian brand points out that it meets the standards of the new WLTP cycle after checking in a diagram and in the development tests that the engine effectively injects much less fuel at a high load. The block has also been tested under the new RDE method of realistic tests on the road and surpassed with a new gasoline filter placed directly behind the catalyst to reduce particulate emissions.

The arrival of this new block to Alfa Romeo, which will be associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, will expand the range of mechanical possibilities of the saloon becoming the access version under the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo, currently it is offered with 200 and 280 hp, while the diesel offer includes powers of 136, 150, 180 and 210 horses.

 

Alfa Romeo is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and high-end. The brand was founded in 1910 in Milan, a city to which it has been linked since its inception. The name is composed of the abbreviations ALFA (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) and the surname Romeo, from Nicola Romeo, an entrepreneur who was put in charge of the future of the brand after a group of investors acquired the company in 1915, deciding the merger with his machinery company in 1920, after the end of the First World War.,

The history of Alfa Romeo mixes since then sportsmanship, elegance, Italian design and many economic problems that force the transalpine manufacturer to change hands on several occasions. It was a member between 1932 and 1986 of the State Fund for Industrial Reconstruction, forcing the government to inject economically one of the greatest exponents of the automobile of the Mediterranean country.

It would be then when the FIAT Group decided to take a step and bring together under the same umbrella all the major brands, acquiring Alfa Romeo and including it in a list in which they were already Maserati, Lancia or Ferrari.

As happened in the decade of 1920-30 (stage in which they stopped manufacturing military machinery) and after the crises of the seventies and eighties, Alfa Romeo is currently undergoing a reinvention, with a clear commitment to recover the design that in the past had the collaboration of the main design departments of the country, among which were Zagato, Pininfarina or Bertone.

The ‘alfistas’ name that the brand’s fans receive celebrates its resurgence, fostered by the economic investment made by the FIAT Group that has led to the arrival of such attractive and successful concepts as the MiTo or the Giulietta, as well as the recovery of his lost sportsmanship with the arrival of 8C, 4C and finally the Giulia in the last ten years. The next step will be to recover the 6C model.

Alfa Romeo in competition:
Despite being away from the great international championships for years, the firm can boast in its more than a century of great results in the races, from the Grand Prix, where it is still associated as a sponsor of the Scuderia Ferrari, until championships of tourisms like the DTM or the ETCC.

Although he also had some skirmishes with the rallies, especially in the pre-Group B stages (Group 2 and Group 4 with the Alfetta GT, the GTV or the Giulietta), however, his successes have always been linked to the circuits, especially in the great tests of the first half of the 20th century.

That’s when he managed to win 11 wins in the Mile Miglia, eight in the Targa Florio (to which the 1971 and 1975 would be added) and four victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They also highlight their four consecutive titles of European Touring Car Champion between 2001 and 2004. BMW would cut its streak in 2005, the year in which the International Automobile Federation decided to give the ETCC World Touring Car status.

The DTM also produced one of its most prestigious triumphs, with Nicola Larini in charge of winning the majestic Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti in the 1993 season, considered part of the golden years of the German Touring Car Championship.

The model 156 is considered as one of the models with a greater history of victories, thanks in large part to the long life of the same and its participation in numerous championships under different regulations between the decade of the nineties and the beginning of the 21st century. For the Alfa Romeo racing wheel have passed such illustrious surnames as the Targuni, Larini in modern times or the Nuvolari, Farina, Ascari, Caracciola, Fangio and the very commendatore, Enzo Ferrari.

What does the Alfa Romeo logo mean ?:

The logo is perhaps the biggest hallmark of Alfa Romeo, largely because it has remained unchanged since the creation of the brand. Few have been the changes that have suffered during these more than 100 years, only slight adjustments to adapt to the passage of time, but always keeping the main elements.

The badge was created by Romano Cattaneo, who chose to mix in the same logo the flag of Milan, with the cross of St. George on a white background, and on his right a viper devouring a man with a golden crown on the head of the animal. This image belongs to the coat of arms of the Visconti House, which, together with the Sforza House, represent since 1450 the Duchy of Milan.

The purchase in 1915 of Nicola Romeo of A.L.F.A. makes the name officially become the Alfa-Romeo, while the most substantial modification would come in 1946, when it was decided to remove the script and the knots of Savoy. Over the years, gold gives way to chrome, tone that gives a more current image to the whole.

Classic models of Alfa Romeo
In this case it is not difficult to find the legends that have marked the history of Alfa Romeo, especially because it is the brand itself that has wanted to make its own hall of fame in which are the most emblematic vehicles that have marked their history. Always with the Italian design as a hallmark, Alfa boasts models like the 1900, the popular 1600 Spider Duetto, its successful Alfa Romeo 75 (the last model before being acquired by the FIAT Group), the youthful and carefree 147 or the unforgettable Giulia and Giulietta.

The brand organized a vote among all the Alfistas on the occasion of the centenary of the brand to know which were the favorite models among the unconditional ones to the brand. It would be the Alfa 2000 GTA that scored the victory with 20.4% of the votes, followed with 19.8% of the 8C Competizione, which was in charge of representing the modern era. Completing the podium, the Alfa Spider Duetto that we mentioned before, with 16.1%.

 

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