The substance to match the style and performance.
Alfa Romeo might have started its resurgence with the mid-engined 4C, but the true stars of the performance show have been the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio high-performance variants. Powered by a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the pair of Giorgio platform-based models have run rampant over the competition, including names like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG GLC63. 2020 has rolled around, however, and the base variants of each marque have received a slew of updates to keep them in line with the competition. Now, these same updates have arrived for the halo Quadrifoglio derivatives.
The initial details come from a British press release, however, with these models being almost identical in all markets, it's fair to assume the updates will be reflected in US models, too. Performance remains unchanged from 2019 to 2020, with the same V6 engine, eight-speed automatic gearbox, and rear- and all-wheel-drive in the Giulia and Stelvio respectively. Likewise, Alfa Romeo's DNA drive mode selector remains, with Race mode granting access to launch control and a visceral, second-to-none driving experience.
However, 2020 brings with it the option of a new Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system made of titanium with carbon fiber tailpipes. This is likely inspired by the system implemented on the Giulia GTA.
A number of styling tweaks have been implemented, with the exterior benefitting from new LED taillights with dark lenses, while the badging is finished with gloss black accents. Mopar-developed accessories will also now be available, including a carbon fiber front grille, mirror caps, and rear spoiler, while exclusive to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, we'll see a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels.
British models receive a slew of new paint colors, with several of these expected to arrive in the US as well. These include 6C Villa d'Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green (pictured), inspired by the Italian brand's heritage.
Larger changes occur inside, where the center console has been remodeled with higher quality materials and greater levels of practicality, while an updated steering wheel and gearshift lever are intended to feel better in hand. A range of new color options includes red and green detailing.
Possibly the biggest update comes in the form of a new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that we've previously seen rolled out in base Stelvio and Giulia derivatives. It boasts a new interface and greater levels of functionality, fixing a previous weak point on the Quadrifoglio twins, while Performance Pages will show details specific to the Quadrifoglio models like temperatures of select mechanical components, torque and power gauges, boost pressure, and digital chronometers for acceleration and top speed, allowing occupants to view performance data in real-time.
Advanced safety is also likely to be included - but while these features have been made standard in the UK, we expect these to be options in the US as they are on base models. The updated safety suite - Level 2 ADAS - incorporates lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, active cruise control, traffic sign recognition with speed limit adaptation, and traffic jam and highway assists. Driver attention assist is also included in the package.