By on March 28, 2018

We may be giving Europeans more credit for pioneering fashion than they deserve. Dress shoes without socks? The Italians started that heinous trend and it’s unforgivable. But Italy also gave us Alfa Romeo, a brand that persists solely because of the warm feeling it evokes in a specific subset of the motoring population. Someone who owns an Alfa probably cares about style and they’ll happily discuss the merits of being fashionable while wrapped in designer clothing.

That’s why we were surprised when the brand introduced black editions of the Giulia and Stelvio at the New York International Auto Show. Officially called “Nero Edizione,” the appearance package removes every square centimeter of shiny trim and replaces it with a flat black alternative. While the murdering out of cars feels distinctly American, it isn’t. The trend spilled over into nearly every automaker with a global footprint and is now appearing in showrooms worldwide.

Still, it feels more than a little odd for Alfa to chase the de-chromed trend this late in the game. 

The package, limited to four-cylinder models, is likely the blackest money can buy. Assuming you also ordered black paint, a Nero Edizione Alfa would be entirely devoid of color. Even pitch-colored calipers can be optioned — although red and yellow stoppers are also available.

Both the Giulia and Stelvio have their grille surround, mirror caps, rear skidplate, headlamp bezels, roof rails, window surrounds, and all exterior badging replaced with blackened variants. The same applies to the wheels, which receive caps with a desaturated version of the Alfa Romeo logo. While not available right away, Giulias and Stelvios will eventually be available with black exhaust tips, too.

In person, the overall impression is one of added menace and slightly lessened class. The vehicles seem more stripped down, serious, and ready to race. But the Nero Edizione doesn’t feel more expensive, despite being an optional appearance package requiring additional investment. Depending upon one’s taste, the black edition Alfas could easily rub you the wrong way or stroke you under the chin. This author hates it.

[Images: Alfa Romeo]

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