Archive for March, 2014

Alfa Romeo leans on Ferrari for horsepower in brand’s overhaul

March 27, 2014 12:08 CET

MILAN (Bloomberg) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is turning to the cachet and horsepower of Ferrari as part of its latest effort to transform struggling Alfa Romeo into a profit machine.

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First quarter business/lunch meeting set for March 29

The first quarter business meeting and lunch will be held on Saturday March 29, 2014 at Tom Trabue’s shop in White Bluff, TN.

The business portion of the meeting will start at 11:00 AM central time with lunch starting around noon. Tom Trabue will order BBQ sandwiches, baked beans and slaw. Members should bring their beverage of choice and maybe an appetizer or dessert to share with others. Please call Tom Rossi at 931-787-4429 or email Tom at to RSVP for the March 29th meeting by March 25th so we can have a head count for lunch. Directions to Tom’s shop was included in the March newsletter.

All members are invited to the meeting/lunch and to view Tom’s car collection.

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Some Alfa 4C “Launch Edition” customers have weekend fun

Alfa Romeo has treated 21 very-special customers to a unique ownership experience. Last weekend lucky European buyers who purchased the special “Launch Edition” of the brand’s sultry 4C sports car enjoyed two days of fun in Italy.

These customers hail from France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and of course, Italy. They spent a day worshiping at hallowed ground, the Maserati plant in Modena, home base for the new 4C and countless other automotive icons including the Quattroporte, Granturismo and Grancabrio.

Aside from a day at the factory they also got a special sports driving course at the Varano de’ Melegari, a 2.4 kilometer-long circuit in Parma where they were coached by professional drivers. The racetrack was a perfect place for them to push a variety of Alfa Romeo vehicles to the limit without endangering other motorists on public roads.

The new Alfa Romeo 4C should accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds; top speed is 258 km/h, which is about 160 miles an hour. The “Launch Edition” of the Alfa Romeo 4C brandishes exclusive features including carbon fiber trim and two special paint colors, either “Alfa Red” or matte-finished “Carrara White.”

The car is powered by a 240 hp 1.75-liter turbocharged engine. It also features a lightweight carbon-fiber structure. The number of limited-edition 4Cs is pegged at 500 units in Europe.

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Alfa unlikely to get Mazda-made roadster

Fiat or its Abarth performance subbrand are likely to get a roadster from Mazda instead of Alfa Romeo, sources say.

Fiat and Mazda product planners plan to meet soon to discuss the potential badge change for the MX-5-based two-seat car, the sources added.

Alfa, which will debut a concept version of its planned 4C convertible at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday, was supposed to get the Japan-build roadster at the start of next year.

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