“It is a very forgiving car. Very pretty, too.” That’s what the legendary Steve McQueen said about Duetto in the summer of 1966, having been invited by Sports Illustrated to try the Italian spider, along with other “fast friends.” The model he drove was one of the first Alfa Romeo 1600 Spiders to arrive in the US, after its debut at the Geneva Moto...

Declining sales and repeated overhauls to its future plans are not typically signs of a car brand’s good health. So alfisti - passionate fans of Alfa Romeo - should be concerned about the short and long-term future of the storied Italian brand. The new-car sales data released this week showed Alfa Romeo sales had declined almost 40 per cent year-to...

Back in the early days of motoring, luxury automakers would sell chassis to their wealthiest customers who would them commission coachbuilders to put on a bespoke body. This process doesn't really work on modern cars these days, because the body and the chassis are forced to be structurally integral for crash and pedestrian safety reasons. And re-e...

Alfa Romeo has been in business for 110 years and for about 106 of those years, it didn't need an SUV. That all changed as luxury 'utes took over the world and compelled parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to steer the legend toward a suburban people-hauler. Or not, as the Stelvio I drove in its original iteration back in 2018, while fine at hauling p...

Italy’s famed automobile designers and manufacturers have designed and engineered top-class four-wheeled machines. "The passion for fast and beautiful cars runs very deep among Italians", said Michael Pucciarelli, Vice Chairman of Casa Belvedere’s Board of Directors. He has owned many Italian sports cars over the years, including 11 Ferraris, an Al...

Battery-powered conversions of classic cars are supposedly the next big thing in the restomod business and Totem Automobili is about to drop jaws with its Alfa Romeo GTelectric. This is an all-electric re-imagination of the Italian classic, one that now offers no less than 518 HP and 693 lb-ft (940 Nm) of torque. Totem claims that the GTelectric is...

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been a beautiful and successful selling car for the Italian automaker. A car that’s been highly acclaimed and considered reasonably priced to get into. If you desired more power, then upgrading to the Giulia Quadrifoglio would certainly satisfy. As Alfa Romeo celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, they have decided to...

There is no denying that Italy has designed some of the best sports cars over the last 50+ years. Yes, for some reason, Italy sure knows how to develop a decent sports car and has produced some of the most iconic cars in the world as a result. For the Italians, it's not just merely a car – it's a piece of art. Sadly, many of these majestic models h...

V8 engines are superb. We’ve got them in a couple of supercars such as the Ferrari F40, Mosler MT900, Ascari KZ1, and the ultra-powerful SSC Ultimate Aero TT. They’ve also been borrowed from the United States and planted into Italian sports cars. One such example is the De Tomaso Longchamp. Given their incredible success with other cars at the time...

During the Renaissance period, Italy was the center of European art. Many of the greatest artists of all time are Italian; Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Caravaggio, Giotto Di Bondone, Raphael, and Sandro Botticelli, just to name a few. Today, Italians are still some of the best artists in the world. They use their talents to design an...