New York Auto Show


Alfa Romeo will present the 2018 Stelvio lineup at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

The all-new SUV will be available in three trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. All three models have a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, class-leading power and performance, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission with available steering-column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters that knock off gear shifts in less than 100 milliseconds.

The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature the Q4 all-wheel-drive system, standard leather seats, bi-xenon headlights and are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Both those models accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in approximately 5.4 seconds and have a top speed of 144 mph (232 km/h).

The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti will also be available with a Sport Package that adds larger wheels (19 inch for Stelvio, 20 inch for Stelvio Ti), 12-way power high-performance leather seats including four-way lumbar and power bolster (Ti Sport exclusive), steering-column-mounted paddle shifters, sport steering wheel, gloss-black window trim surround, black roof rails, aluminum sport pedals and footrest, colored brake calipers (red, yellow or gloss black) and more.

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There’s also the Stelvio Ti with Lusso Package that adds Luxury Pieno Fiore Italian leather seats with Cannelloni inserts, 12-way power front seats including four-way lumbar, leather-wrapped dash and upper door trim with accent stitching, genuine wood trim in dark gray oak or Lusso-exclusive light walnut, luxury leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals and footrest and more.

At the top of the range is the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, sporting a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with best-in-class 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It also comes standard with Q4 all-wheel drive and has unique styling compared to the other Stelvio models. Standard are 20-inch wheels with high-performance Brembo brakes, Alfa DNA Pro with Race Mode and adjustable performance suspension, torque-vectoring differential, high-performance leather and Alcantara seats, Formula One-inspired steering wheel with red push-button start and steering-column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters. Options for the Quadrifoglio model include ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber-shell Sparco racing seats and an ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material brake system.

Pricing for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio models has not been announced.

“The 2018 Stelvio lineup marks Alfa Romeo’s venture into the second fastest-growing premium segment and an important next chapter of the brand’s rich 105-year heritage as we continue to grow in North America,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo. “From the new Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, to the ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio model, each of our Alfa Romeo SUVs delivers class-leading power and driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, next-level technologies and race-inspired performance, plus gorgeous design and breathtaking style that could only be from an SUV born in Italy.”


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Mark your Calendar for December

Please mark your calendars for December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (CT).  Our Quarterly/Holiday Meeting will be held at the home of John and Laura Greason at 8771 Chimney Rock Blvd, Cordova, TN 38016.  Email for John and Laura is:

Laura tells me the main dish is Memphis BBQ.  You may let her know what you would like to add to compliment this fare.

It would be nice if Laura knew before or by December 1st if you will attend and what you are bringing.

Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to New Member Brian Brown

I came to know Alfa Romeo through my dear departed friend and boss at Plants Alive, Jerry Quinlisk.  I know many of you knew and loved him as well.  He always had three or four Alfas in his stable.  On the job, when there was good weather and a light workload,  he’d often say, “Well, let’s go cruise those Alfas.”  As you all know, it was thrilling!  I’d never driven anything like them.

About four years ago Jerry said he wanted to give me his ’79 Spider. I couldn’t believe it.  That’s the kind of guy Jerry was.  Of course I said yes!  Driving the car that night with my lovely wife is when I came to LOVE Alfas.  Since then, that car has become a passion of mine.  Driving her is such a joy.  But I’m also passionate about keeping her mechanically sound.  If anybody had told me four years ago that I’d be an Alfa Romeo mechanic, I’d have said they were crazy.  But out of necessity and passion, I’ve become good at it.  I’ve pulled an engine, replaced bad SPICA pumps with good ones, replaced timing gears, cams, motor mounts, drive shafts, radiators, wheel bearings, etc.  It scratches an itch that I never knew I had. 

I also play guitar and write songs.  I’m in a hard rock and blues cover band called Phoenix Rising based in Nashville.  I continue to love working at Plants Alive with Nancy Quinlisk at the helm.

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Fiat Chrysler under investigation in France for emissions cheating, report says


Chine Labbe and Laurence Frost
March 21, 2017 20:56 CET

PARIS — A French prosecutor has opened an investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over allegations that the carmaker cheated in diesel-emission tests, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday.

“I can confirm that a judicial investigation has been opened into aggravated cheating,” the source said.

The source said the Paris prosecutor had opened the investigation on March 15, after the finance ministry’s DGCCRF consumer affairs and anti-fraud body had referred the case to the courts.

A Fiat spokesman said the company took note of the investigation and reiterated that its diesel vehicles fully comply with emission regulations, as confirmed by the Italian Transport Ministry.

The spokesman said the company would continue to collaborate with the authorities on all investigations and was confident the matter would be fully resolved.

Following Volkswagen’s admission in 2015 of cheating on U.S. diesel-emission tests, several European countries launched their own tests on vehicle emissions.

They found on-road nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions more than 10 times above regulatory limits — for some Opel, Renault and FCA models — and widespread use of devices that reduce exhaust treatment in some conditions.

The French test program has so far led to four carmakers — Volkswagen, Renault, FCA and PSA Group — being referred for possible prosecution by the consumer fraud agency.  

General Motors’ Opel brand was cleared of any emissions wrongdoing by French authorities last week. 

Contact Automotive News


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Welcome New Member Rob Marrow

I retired two years ago from a career in Information Technology, the last few years running IT systems for large hospital groups.  

A lifelong owner of sports cars, including many Alfas and Lancias, it all started when my Dad bought a Bugeye Sprite when I was about three.  My first car, at 16, was a 1965 Triumph Spitfire. I have fond memories of growing up checking out car books from the library all the time and attending dirt track races and SCCA races, as a friend of my Dad’s raced a 260Z.  I even got to work the flag corners and hang out in the pits.  

My first Alfa was a green 1973 Spider I bought when I was in my 20s.  I’ve owned 11 Alfas and eight Lancias over the years as well as that first Triumph.  I think I’ve owned about 30 – 35 cars overall.

My wife and I moved to Signal Mountain, TN five and a half years ago, and I realized a childhood dream of living on some acreage in an area where neighbors wouldn’t mind me having a bunch of project cars.  My retirement plan was to pursue my passion for cars and shortly before I retired, I started a buying spree, grabbing up “deal of the century” sports cars that seemed to appear daily on eBay, Craigslist, Bring-a-Trailer or some other online market.  

Before I knew it, I had accumulated 16 cars in varying states of “project.” About half of them run, but all need some sort of work, either mechanical or cosmetic.  My wife, Colby says I need a 12-step program for car addiction, but nonetheless has been incredibly supportive of me.  I think it’s because I’m free labor for her house flipping business, which is her retirement hobby.  

I’m now at a point where I’m working on either completing cars and selling them or selling some of them as is, hopefully running, projects so I can cull the herd down to just a couple of project cars at a time plus a rotating small collection of four or so cars for driving, rallies and car shows.  I think my initial collection will include at least two Alfas, a Lancia and a Porsche.  The current list includes four Alfas (Spider, GTV, GTV6 and 164LS), two Sunbeams, five Lancias, two Porsches and two classic Volvos.  I’m hoping to take some of the money from selling off some cars to build a car barn where I can store the collection and work on the projects.  My daily driver and tow vehicle is a 2004 F250 Turbodiesel.  I’m hoping to make the GTV6 my somewhat daily driver once I get it finished.

Anyone interested in visiting, hanging out and checking out the cars feel free to contact me., 859-433-0631.




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Addition to March 25 Meeting

Gentle reminder to let Larry Benson know if you will be able to attend the March 25 Meeting at Noon ET at 5565 Jackson Ferry Rd, Greenback, TN 37742.  You may call Larry at 865 856-2791 or email him at: to let him know what accompaniment you are bringing to augment his famous spaghetti dinner.

Larry has planned a two-hour drive for you after the meeting.

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