Alfa Romeo made several small improvements to the Quadrifoglio variants of the Giulia and the Stelvio as part of its 110th birthday celebrations. The changes make both models safer, more stylish, and quite a bit louder.
Outside, the design tweaks are largely limited to new-look LED rear lights with darker lenses and 21-inch alloy wheels for the Stelvio. The color palette grows with the addition of three new hues called 6C Villa d'Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green, respectively. They're heritage-laced colors that dyed-in-the-wool Alfisti will immediately recognize; the green is a tribute to the V8-powered Montreal released in 1970, for example.
Step aboard, and you'll notice there's a redesigned center console that stylists carved additional storage space into, a new steering wheel, plus additional upholstery choices. Sparco sport seats built around a carbon fiber shell are waiting on the list of options along with red and green seatbelts. The updated infotainment system we've already experienced in the standard Giulia has found its way to the Quadrifoglio, too. It's displayed on an 8.8-inch touchscreen and Alfa Romeo added a feature called Performance Pages that shows a wealth of drivetrain-related parameters like the turbo pressure, the amount of power generated in real-time, and a chronometer.
If these digital features sound familiar, it's likely because some Dodge models — including the Challenger — are already available with the Performance Pages app. We like it there, and we'll certainly enjoy Alfa's spin on it.
Bosch helped Alfa Romeo add a panoply of electronic driving aids to the Giulia and Stelvio. The list includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, active blind spot assist, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist. The suite corresponds to level two on the SAE scale so it doesn't turn either model into an autonomous car.
There are no mechanical changes to report, meaning power still comes from a 2.9-liter V6 that relies on a pair of beefy turbochargers to make 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It spins the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and pelts the Giulia from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds before sending it to a 191-mph top speed. The same six powers the bigger, heavier Stelvio, but it channels its power to the four wheels.
Enthusiasts who want to be heard before they're seen are in luck. Alfa Romeo expanded the list of extra-cost options with a dual-mode Akrapovič titanium exhaust system that has carbon fiber tips.
Alfa Romeo has already started production of the 2020 Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Pricing starts at $74,500 and $80,500, respectively, but the new paint colors and the Akrapovič exhaust don't appear on the company's American configurator. Autoblog learned from a company spokesperson that the tinted rear lights and some of the new colors won't be available in the United States, but the firm wouldn't comment on whether we'll get the louder exhaust.
The storied Italian company turns 110 in June, so we expect it will make additional announcements in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it's getting ready to launch production of the limited-edition, 540-horsepower Giulia GTA announced in March 2020. The super-sedan will be available in an array of classic color combinations, too.