Alfa Romeo Stops Quadrifoglio Production with Super Sport Editions – Kelley Blue Book - Latest Global News

Alfa Romeo Stops Quadrifoglio Production with Super Sport Editions – Kelley Blue Book

There is a secret culture of cars hiding in secret. If you don’t want to invest time in learning the language, you can safely do without it. But if you choose to delve deeper, your daily commutes will be full of stories.

Alfa Romeo is about to create perhaps the perfect illustration of the hidden language of cars.

A fabled badge largely missed in America

Casual American drivers may be barely aware of Alfa Romeo. This works well for those who don’t want to know.

But car lovers know that an Alfa brings with it a special romance, and not all Alfas are created equal. Today, two cars make up the majority of the Italian luxury brand’s limited sales in the U.S. – the Giulia sports sedan and the Stelvio compact SUV. Known for their subtle beauty and crisp handling, they sell better abroad than in the United States. The purchase adds a certain flair.

But everyone has a secret super-performance model. If you know what to look for, an Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio (that’s four-leaf – look for the shamrock emblem) is a truly unique sight. The Giulia and the Stelvio each have one. You get all sorts of performance upgrades and not a lot of visual bells and whistles to exaggerate them.

Best of all, under the hood sits a Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 that produces 505 hp. With an Italian four-leaf clover you can sit at the traffic lights in an undercover Ferrari. It’s something special.

An end, at least for now

Special things end. Alfa Romeo announced earlier this year that the Quadrifoglio editions would disappear this summer. The move is part of Alfa’s shift to electricity for power, and we suspect the Quadrifoglio badge will return on a high-performance electric car at some point.

But you know the Italians and their romance – perhaps they will leave their name in history.

His final act will be a tribute to history. Alfa Romeo has announced that it will build some final editions – the 275 Giulia and 175 Stelvio models – called Quadrifoglio Super Sport.

Alfa Romeo will sell just 72 examples of the Giulia Quadrifoglio Super Sport to U.S. dealers, priced at $88,365 each (including the $1,595 destination charge). Just 52 Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport models will be coming our way, asking $95,965 for delivery.

A famous breed from almost a century ago

The name is a throwback to racing history. Racing purists call the Mille Miglia (Italian for “thousand miles”) the most beautiful race in the world. It operated from 1927 to 1957 (interrupted due to World War II) across much of Italy.

The Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport did not win the first Mille Miglia. It won the second, starting a series of eleven consecutive victories for Alfa Romeo.

Like many great races from the early days of motorsport, the Mille Miglia ended in tragedy and was never run again after an accident in 1957 that killed spectators. Driving racing cars at high speeds on public roads has always been a bad idea, even if it was nice to see.

The badge of the limited edition Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport

A clever coded symbol for those who speak the language

Every Quadrifoglio Super Sport receives a mechanical limited-slip differential that has been retuned by the company’s racing department. “The Quadrifoglio Super Sport models also feature a carbon fiber driveshaft, Alfa DNA Pro four-mode selector, Chassis Domain Control and column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, with the Stelvio featuring the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system .” for added driving confidence and superior control,” the company says.

“The performance is breathtaking: the Giulia Quadrifoglio Super Sport can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 310 miles per hour. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 176 mph.”

Inside, they will use a “new 3D carbon fiber finish with red fabric.”“,” Leather and Alcantara steering wheels and Super Sport badges, including a number plate indicating limited edition status.

On the outside, the Stelvio has a carbon fiber roof as standard. It is optional on the Giulia.

Our favorite feature, however, is incredibly subtle. The Quadrifoglio Super Sport models carry the four-leaf clover emblem, but with a black background instead of the traditional white.

For most road users, a Quadrifoglio Super Sport is simply a pretty car that they have never seen before.

For the few who speak the language, that four-leaf clover means it carries a disguised Ferrari-derived engine, likely in the hands of someone who deeply loves driving. The black background on this four-leaf clover means that this is a tiny, limited run, meant to say goodbye and call back to a beautiful race from a time that will never return.

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