Alfa Romeo has refreshed the high-performance, Quadrifoglio-badged versions of its Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, rolling out subtle design and tech upgrades.
Both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio gain designed LED taillamp clusters featuring dark lenses, while a new glossy black finish adorns the front "trilobe" and rear badges.
In addition, Mopar has designed a fresh line of accessories for the performance models, including a carbon-fibre finish for the grille, side-mirror caps and spoiler. The Stelvio furthermore features new 21-inch alloys wheels, seen for the first time on a Quadrifoglio.
Inside, the centre console has been tweaked to offer what the Italian firm describes as “greater tactile and visual impact”, along with more storage space. There’s also a new leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear lever, while buyers will have the option of red or green seatbelts in place of the classic black version.
New upholstery will also be available on both Quadrifoglio models, with leather and Alcantara sports seats as standard and carbon-shelled Sparco seats offered as an option.
There’s also a fresh 8,8-inch centrally sited touchscreen display as well as new advanced driver assistance systems offering level 2 (where the driver hands the car control of the accelerator, brakes and steering under certain conditions) autonomous driving.
The twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6 is unchanged, still delivering 375 kW and 600 N.m via an eight-speed automatic transmission (driving the rear axle in the case of the Giulia and all four wheels in the case of the Stelvio).
Alfa Romeo will, however, offer an optional new Akrapovič exhaust for either model, fashioned from titanium and featuring carbon-fibre tailpipes. The company says this uprated system delivers “an even more sophisticated sound”.
No word yet on when these changes are expected to be rolled out to the South African market...
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