Alfa Romeo continues to scoop up a continuous flow of prizes and awards. Giulia Quadrifoglio was named “Best Sports and Performance Car” at the 2018 edition of British What Car? magazine’s “Car of the Year” awards, while Stelvio triumphed in the “Premium SUV” category at the first edition of the Company Car Today CCT100 Awards.
The sports sedan was scrutinised by the What Car? team of industry experts, seeing off fierce competition from big-name rivals. The “Best Sports and Performance Car” title is the latest in a long series: Giulia has won no fewer than seven industry awards in the United Kingdom alone during the last 12 months.
Equipped with the 375 kW (510 HP) 2.9 V6 Biturbo petrol powerplant, this version boasts a class-topping weight/power ratio – 2.99 kg/HP – thanks to the extensive use of ultra-lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre, for the roof, bonnet, front splitter, rear nolder and side skirt inserts. The weight of the Quadrifoglio version can be further reduced using two components which are available upon request: carbon ceramic brake discs and Sparco seats with a carbon fibre rear structural frame. Also at the 2018 edition of the British What Car? magazine’s “What Car? Car of the Year” awards, the Alfa Romeo Giulia received a nomination in the “Executive Saloon” category, while the Stelvio was amongst the nominees in the “Large SUV” class.
The brand’s first SUV was presented with the “Premium SUV” title at the inaugural edition of the CCT100 Awards organised by Company Car Today. The CCT100 award competition is open to the best models available to corporate fleet buyers, with titles assigned by a jury of industry experts. The winners in each category were selected on the basis of a vast range of criteria, including emissions, corporate fleet sales volumes, residual value, driver desirability, value, practicality and appeal.
The Stelvio achieved first prize by virtue of its low emission volume and safety features, not to mention its elegant, sporty style and the outstanding driving experience it offers. These are not the only prerogatives that make Stelvio unique and extremely popular: the SUV expresses all the emotions and superlative performances intrinsic to the genuine “Alfa spirit”, now combined in a sport utility vehicle for the first time in over a century of history. What’s more, in the Quadrifoglio trim level, Stelvio has proved itself the fastest SUV in its class by setting the lap record at the Nürburgring, and proudly holds the coveted Euro NCAP five star rating.
Turin, 24 January 2018