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Giulia bloodline is exquisite, who cares if it’s an ad! Please someone submit a TZ-1 or TZ-2 video soon!
This is an artistic video that conveys (excellently) the passion and the thoroughbred lineage of Alfa Romeo. Bravo.
Although I will surely never be able to drive one, let alone afford owning one. I can’t tell you how incredible it feels to see Alfa Romeo back at the top of their game. I had the privilege to see the Giulia Quadrifoglio in a garage a week ago and the car’s presence in the flesh is just so overwhelming. For me who has been an Alfisti for all my life, it really stirred my very soul just to lay eyes on it. I hope Alfa continues to impress the mainstream press with their upcoming models, I am personally very… Read more »
wonderful video thank you…as an owner I can tell you it is an absolute blast to drive, fast or slow….I too was hesitant to purchase with no manual & I bought mine sight unseen/no test drive….no disappointment at all…the beauty of this beast is not so much the engine, though it gets much press…it is the chassis dynamics, steering & balance…car is always poised..I would love to know the speeds that the GTV and QV hit that corner at….bet you the QV was traveling a bit faster 🙂 BTW mine is no garage queen, been to the track with it… Read more »
If you want an intersting and informed take on the car – as opposed to an alpha ad – check out
I just checked the Alfa Website and confirmed that you cannot get a Quafrifoglio in the U.S. with a manual, which would be a deal breaker for me. I think it is a beautiful car and I have always loved Alfas, but I will only buy a car with a manual.
I like manuals too. This said, ‘Tiptronic’, ‘Steptronic’ and related hydraulic-planetary gear boxes designed for driver selection of the point of gear change, can be a lot of fun to drive. I have a BMW with a ZF 5HP19, and I always use it in ‘manual’ mode. This ZF gearbox was used, for instance, in a transaxle for the Porsche 911 from 1998 to 2003. A variant was used in the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante V12. These ZF gear boxes are serious tools for enthusiast drivers. If you really love the new Alfas, you might leave your mind open… Read more »
Just checked. The gear box is a ZF hydraulic-planetary eight speed, with four planetary cassettes. When you are driving these gear boxes in manual mode, the torque converter is locked out much of the time. So when ‘in gear’ it feels just like a manual. An interesting aspect of driving these gear boxes is that when you are engine braking, and ‘blip’ the throttle, the transmission knows you are going to down shift. So at the throttle ‘blip’ the gear box computer ‘lets go’ of the clutch on torque converter. When that clutch is released the turbine on torque converter… Read more »
You know, I would still buy the manual. Ignoring that for the moment, I am learning more about the ZF 8HP and it is quite a beast. There are SEVEN wet plate clutches in the front of the torque converter. So it shifts in milliseconds, which is to say faster than a human hand can move a gear selector. Best of all, those clutch plates are out in front where they can be serviced with out cracking the case of the transmission.
@Robert in LA I understand that manumatics are quicker and better on the track, but for me that is not the point. Both of my cars are manuals because I think they make the driving experience more fun. I enjoy developing my skills and “getting it right”. In fact, for that reason I also don’t want a manual that automatically matches RPMs when downshifting; that’s something I enjoy doing myself, part of the involvement in the driving experience that I want.
Also in Europe (or at least here in Switzerland) the Quadrofoglio is only available with the 8 speed ZF 8HP auto.
However the Veloce (280hp) and the Super (200hp) are available with a stick.
I had a test drive with a Veloce at a dealer some weeks ago. Tried the manual (with a diesel) and the auto, i have to admit the ZF 8HP gearbox in manual mode is very nice to drive!
The golden moment of the whole thing is that panning shot of the GTV diving in to the tight right-hander and drifting on the exit (1:00)! Notice the following shot of the new Giulia and how it’s weight gives it a little shimmy whereas the GTV was smooth as silk. I think I know who’s having the most fun! Also the sound of the twin-cam 4 is so beautiful! The Giulia’s snort is intriguing but give me the 4 banger’s song any day!
What beautiful car, I saw one on the road the other day. I’m with Robz3mc though, it needs to shed the Alfa reliability issues of the 80s/90s before I would actually consider one. Definitely a couple of years of US sales and service will tell.
Great ad. The car needs to prove it’s reliability before I plop down my hard-earned cash.
If an alien from another planet wanted to understand the human love affair with the automobile I would suggest they “go watch every petrolicious film”. It’s all there in artistic perfection.
Hello LJKS (aka GS). You’ll make a really poor secret agent. Your manner of writing and that very odd space before a period gives you away every time. 🙂
Thanks Petrolicious, what a great video, Loved the sounds, loved the clips of vintage racing Alfa’s – Love the fact that you have been able to get car companies will come on board and fund this wonderful work. Totally support the sponsorship and the dollars it brings. Personally I wish the video was longer as would have loved to see more of the cars. To all the people that dont think commercialism is a good thing – Wake up and go drive your 10year old Honda – we dont care for your comments ! – Great Work Petrolicious – Totally… Read more »
Totally made my day too. Very well done and thank you for caring about automotive soul. 400 years from now petrolicious will be the Bible of what’s visceral about some automobilesI like the Giulia Super, the GTV and the 2018 Giulia. I
The bills need paying – but adds for modern cars we can get elsewhere.
You can of course do this – but you’ll lose your brand. That’ll be the end of the site.
This is interesting. You know what came to my mind watching this film, I was remembering all the old Alfas I’ve driven. Suddenly, I remembered the sensation of, I don’t know, a lot of things, like the mechanical feel of gear change, or that tiny little hesitation in the throttle pedal, or the smell, and the feeling that everything sort of melt together and disappear into a sort of meditative state, that singularity of driving an Alfa Romeo – all old Alfas shares the same feeling, they are distinctively Alfa Romeo, and I was thinking that I didn’t have any… Read more »
As I write this I’m in an apartment just off Via Guilia in Rome. Seems like some kind of karma that this Alfa clip came up. Well done Petrolicious!
Awesome commercial !!!!!
Great little video.
If I were going to drift a four door sedan, sideways, through the corners of a track that narrow, I would want a four or six point harness and a roll cage.
Quadrifoglio, GTA, Giulia Ti, AND a Tubolare Zagato all packed into about 3 minutes………nothing less than a glimpse of euphoria.
Commercial???? So what???? If this short video didn’t float your boat just stick with a Prius. Heck, some of y’all are reminding me
of Guitar Slinger…..
What happened, did he finally get slung? Imagine his reaction to this one haha.
Thank you Bill Meyer. Right on. Welcome back to the USA Alfa Romeo. Wow. Any bitter old ladies who want to complain can as Bill says, go commiserate with guitar slinger and praise the Pious. I lovfilm connecting Giulia Super with this gorgeous potent Giulia. The drifting is awesome and demonstrates the control ability of all these glorious mechanical works of art and science. Fellow car lovers and petrolicious fans, please appreciate this gift we pay nothing for and don’t practice judgement. Enjoy and relish this wonderful gift. It’s human nature to criticize but resist, nothing good comes from it.
I’m finding difficult to believe “the ghost of LJKS” it isn’t under 15 years old.
I guess you have to pay the bills somehow. However, it really didn’t leave me with that warm fuzzy feeling I look for every Tuesday morning. This mornings coffee has left a bitter taste in my mouth. If Petrolicious has to start running commercial content that is understandable. However, I do feel that the suggestion Eric Roth made in the comments is the reasonable solution to our viewing needs. There were several vintage ALFAs in the video…. some backstory on any of those would have served as the fix we are all looking for. Anyone can go to the dealership… Read more »
It sounds so good, it gives you goosebumps
Damn, so much ignorance in one sentence. I’m sorry but I can’t take your reply seriously Have a nice day!
so yes a commercial for Alfa, and although a bit of a let down for my tuesday I understand why you need to do them. Paying bills…well is paying bills we all have to do it.
May I suggest that maybe on these days you provide a “double shot”? Let us have the video we really look forward to, with this type of commercial as am intro or after the main video story? Just a thought. Out of all the commercials of the past, this was the best one but it just needs a little bit more vintage shots.
Pretty much like a long commercial for Alfa Romeo but I can’t say that I didn’t still enjoy it. One question though – I could be wrong but am pretty sure the manual transmission is not available in the U.S. Is it an option in Europe?
option in Europe, not in USA, not in UK
I guess it is a bit like an Alpha commercial. And I’m sold! 🙂
Interesting about the manual transmission not being available in US markets. I wonder what the reasoning is?
We do not get the manual in the US for a couple of reasons. #1, they say the auto is faster on the track. #2, they would have to crash certify the manual at great cost (changing the transmission requires new certification). #3, enthusiasts still seem to prefer manuals but enthusiasts are a very small portion of the US auto buying public, it would simply not make financial sense. It is sad really… I very much wish I could buy the manual version. I guess I will have to wait 25 years.
99,9% buyers won’t be able to handle that car properly with a manual transmission. Clutch would last a few hours.
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