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The well-regarded Italian magazine Quattroruote published a good news/bad news story Tuesday. In a story about the difficulty Alfa Romeo will face in (re)establishing itself in the competitive American market, the magazine confirms the brand will be seen in the U.S., but adds the caveat "even if not before 2010." Earlier statements (see our post here) had suggested a return as soon as late 2007.

No sources are cited, so it's difficult to chase this story further - we'll just have to wait for official word from Fiat or Alfa Romeo.

One part of the article with which we wholeheartedly agree - Quattroruote encourages Alfa to bring the gorgeous 8C Competizione (shown above) to the U.S. as the brand's halo car, saying (in Google translation-speak) its "Italian style" will offer "an alternative to the excesses of BMW's Bangle and to the anonymity of the Japanese models." Hear, hear!

Here's a link to an English translation of the Quattroruote article. The original Italian version is here.

[Source: Quattroruote via Gear6]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Even if it did (which it does not), the design of this concept pre-dates the B9 by a year or two."

      Not in the USA it does not! :-)

      "Not to mention, the center triangle has been Alfa's signature, like BMW's double kidneys"

      "(Incidentally, Subaru's design chief came from Alpha; apparently he's unable to design without some sort of center wedge.)"

      And you still don't think the lower front end on this thing looks like a B9 Tribecca?!

      :-) Just playing.

      -Don't forget Pontiacs "signature" double kidneys
      • 8 Years Ago
      This new AR looks a whole lot nicer than the early 90's cars they were putting out. I can't say it's exciting, or I would buy one, but it's great to see that at least AR is considering a return.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Despite the delay, it’s still great news to hear that Alfa Romeo will be returning to our shores. My only concern is that when the Brera ( and Spyder ) finally does get to the U.S., it will still be a first - generation design. Considering the Brera’s Monica Bellucci - level attractiveness, it would be well nigh impossible to make a better - looking design. And unless Alfa gets extremely lucky, the second generation might turn out to be one of those impress - the -other - car - stylists disappointments.

      This, of course, is what happened with the Lotus Elise. When the Elise finally did get to the U.S., its second - generation styling, at least to my eye, wasn’t as pleasing as the original.

      Also, when Alfa does return, why can’t they include the 8c Competizione ( and Spyder* ) in their line up? Surely, Americans would be just as enthralled by Alfas which look about as fantastic as a Brera, but happen to possess way more ponies.

      * not to mention the Diva
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love it when they said the Tribecca looked like a flying vagina! But honestly, the Tribecca looks as if it could be the "Porsche SUV" to Alfa without much cosmetic change, to me it could (if they had an SUV, such as Porshe) pass for being the same "corporate" face as this. But hey, no big deal. I thought the BMW situation is however, quite funny.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Viva Quadrifolgio! Alfa Romeo to those who patiently wait will be rewarded with performance and style. Most US cars by then will be biomass,Ethanol,Hybrid or hydrogen with boring specifications, HaHa!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a TVR ripoff. Talk about punching a man while he's down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8

      "BMW Can't handle the truth!!!" :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve J, I think Ryan was making a thin reference to the website "The Truth About Cars" review of the Tribecca(and the mess with BMW that ensued). At least I hope he was! Otherwise he's a complte dolt. Hey Ryan, come back and set the record striaght because I really suspect you're being clever (ha ha).
      • 8 Years Ago
      "And you still don't think the lower front end on this thing looks like a B9 Tribecca?! "

      Ha, no. Although when I first saw Subarau's new fronts, knowing that their design chief came from Alfa, I just rolled my eyes at the obvious "Hey, let's just flip it upside down" sort of discussion that must have gone on.

      There is one key difference: The B9 Tribeca is one of the fugliest cars I have ever seen.

      The 8C Competizione is one of the most gorgeous cars I've ever seen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only a consortium of European car makers working together and setting up a network of multi-branded show rooms with Fiat, Citroen, Peugot and Renault
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      Just imaging how the part/service department would be in this kind of setting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is no car currently sold in the USA that really says "lucious" quite the way the C8 says it. This car almost affects me sexually. If Alfa can bring this kind of style to our market, I am ready to make the sacrifices.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PS

      Another plus for Alfa Romeo. Since the upcoming 8c Competizione will likely cost about $100,000 less than the just - launched Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, the 8c might be marketed as a 'bargain' Fiorano. OK, four less cylinders, but still, the fastest production Alfa in history. Until when and if they produce the Diva.
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