Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2019

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In spite of their laurels, financial woes plagued the company over the decades. Fiat Group Automobiles acquired the brand in 1986, beating out the likes of Nissan and Ford to keep it under Italian control. e 1995 Alfa Romeo 164 was the last Alfa sedan sold in the United States before the brand returned to North America two decades later. By 2018, Alfa Romeo's annual sales in the United States reached a record 23,820, nearly doubling sales from the previous year. Current Alfa Romeo models available in the United States include the Stelvio SUV, the Giulia sports sedan, and the 4C Spider, with powerful Quadrifoglio versions of both the Stelvio and Giulia representing the cutting edge of Alfa Romeo design and performance. Named for the Stelvio Pass, a mountain pass in northern Italy, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio (MSRP from $73,700) holds the Nürburgring record for the fastest production SUV, making it the fastest production SUV in the world. Available in six models, Stelvio (MSRP from $40,195) is well-equipped with standard premium features including a direct-injection 280-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled 2.0L engine delivering 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, DNA drive mode selector, genuine leather interior, remote start with passive entry, bi-xenon headlamps, dual exhaust, class-exclusive carbon-fiber driveshaft, and a flat- bottom Formula One-inspired steering wheel. e Quadrifoglio variant boasts an all-aluminum, 2.9L, twin-turbo V6 engine with 505 horsepower, completing the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds and able to reach a top speed of 176 mph. In 2018, the Alfa Romeo Giulia won the 25th edition of the "Compasso d'Oro ADI," the most prestigious world design award. As the first of a new generation of vehicles on an all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Misano Blue, Rosso Competizione and Trofeo White 58

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