Words: Nathan Chadwick | Photography: Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo has joined the impressive roster of manufacturers coming to May’s Concours on Savile Row in London, and will be showcasing its new-for-2023 Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversario limited editions.
These special editions pay tribute to 100 years of Alfa Romeo’s infamous Quadrifoglio design. It was first used on Ugo Sivocci’s Targo Florio-winning Alfa Romeo RL in 1923, and to celebrate Alfa Romeo is to produce 100 examples limited editions of the Stelvio and Giulia (200 in total). These aren’t just a special badge, however– the engineering goes much deeper than that.
The 2.9-litre Bi-Turbo V6 engine in the Stelvio and Giulia have been enhanced to 520bhp, while there’s a mechanical self-locking differential to keep everything in check. This builds on the standard cars’ class-leading driving dynamics that have won praise from the world’s press. The improvements have come about via the use of ultra-light materials such as carbonfibre for the driveshaft, bonnet, spoiler and side skirts, as well an all-aluminium engine. The Giulia features a carbonfibre front splitter that actively channels the airflow under the car.
The 100th Anniversario models also feature the new 3+3 headlights, with adaptive full-LED Matrix technology; these offer anti-glare and an adaptive driving beam for optimal lighting in all conditions. You also get dark, five-hole, 19-inch lightweight sports alloys on the Giulia, with 21-inch rims on the Stelvio; behind these sit gold brake calipers that match the golden emblem celebrating 100 years of the Quadrifoglio. A choice of three colours is available: Rossa Etna, Verde Montreal and Nero Vulcano.
The interiors are bespoke to the limited editions, and feature black Alcantara leather, along with contrast golden stitching and innovative 3D-effect carbonfibre trim for the instrument panel, the central tunnel and the door panels. On the dashboard, the number ‘100’ is stitched in gold next to a golden Quadrifoglio. The steering wheel is upholstered in leather and Alcantara, with black stitching and carbonfibre inserts.
A completely new instrument panel features the telescopic Cannocchiale design and debuts a digital 12.3-inch TFT screen, which displays key vehicle information, autonomous driving technologies and driver-assistance features. In addition to the three layouts available on the rest of the Alfa Romeo range (Evolved, Relax and Heritage), the exclusive Race configuration makes its debut on the Quadrifoglio. The Race layout gathers the fundamental information for the driver and displays it centrally, including the rev counter, speedometer and shift light for manual control of the gearbox via the column-mounted paddles. The layout can be customised by placing additional information and performance data in the side dials.
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