• Jan 23rd 2008 at 7:01AM
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True, red-blooded Alfa Romeo fans will remember the Clover Leaf emblem, and not just from the red car in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The badge was used on Alfa's most successful racing cars and most powerful road cars. Now the Quadrifoglio Verde is coming back to grace two new top-of-the-line versions of the 147 and GT.

Both models are being outfitted with the 170-hp 1.9-liter JTDM that made its debut on the limited-edition 147 Ducati Corse, coupled to Alfa's Q2 limited slip differential, a lowered suspension and a sport button to switch between touring and sport set-ups for throttle response. The Quadrifoglio Verde editions of both the 147 and GT also feature a range of cosmetic enhancements inside and out, including chrome exhaust tips, red brake calipers, satin-finish grilles and wing mirrors and a host of interior mods.

The 147 is being replaced soon by the "Junior" and 149, while the GT has largely become obsolete since the even more gorgeous Brera hit the market. We'd like to say these will be the last editions of both, but we have a feeling Alfa Romeo has a few more shots of adrenaline on hold to keep sales lively.

[Source: Italiaspeed]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, issues... Why the hell is a supposed top-line Alfa getting a rattle-crap Diesel motor? And who says the Brera is better looking than the GT? Honestly, the Brera looks to be about a one-inch lift away from a crossover... and it's slow. The GT may not be the last word in refinement, but it's got character, and it goes like stink. Alfa has totally lost its way...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I completely agree. I was in my Fiat dealer today looking at the new 500 (lovely), and I just noticed the Alfa Coupe in the showroom next door (same dealer). I have always admired this car; it really is the most elegantly stunning car of its type and has unsurpassable presence on the road. Understated elegance with real magnetism - hard to achieve.
        As for the diesels; these are very powerful engines, and economical too, and that's important here where fuel is the equivalent of $9 a gallon.
          • 7 Years Ago
          I agree that Deisels have their place, and that it's an important alternative fuel. I just don't see the point in what is supposed to be a charismatic, sporting, elegant car. In the 500 you mentioned I think the Deisle would be a great choice, but this is an Alfa we're talking about, and I don't like the idea of a Deisel Alfa any more than I do a Hybrid... Ok, maybe a little more than that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fair enough, but the proof of the pudding...I reckon that if you tried one you might just like it. Different driving characteristics, but not necessarily worse ones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The problem is that a rear wheel drive chassis would have to be designed from scratch, at enormous expense. BMW and Mercedes, oh, and Lexus, are the only manufacturers that have stuck with RWD for saloons, and not everyone is convinced that this configuration is necessarily advantageous, especially in icy conditions such as we get regularly in Europe: I have friends who hate the winter because their Merc just doesn't hold the road if there is even a hint of frost. Also, FWD packaging is still better in terms of space usage. To design a FWD platform would be prohibitively expensive, so either you'll have to accept AWD, or buy a BMW. Here in Europe the 350z practically doesn't exist as it is seen as a, well, a Nissan! The driven wheels are secondary to that disadvantage. An Alfa, even in its recently compromised forms, is still an Alfa, and don't forget, it was the Alfasud that made FWD sporty motoring respectable, so there is another parallel heritage here. Modern transaxles can permit huge torque to be put down safely with FWD, and this is the way Alfa will go. 0-5mpg times are possibly more important in the US than they are here, given all the other parameters that European manufacturers have to meet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will these be available in the US? Or are they ROW cars?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I meant MPH times, but MPG is important too!
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