Che Bello: Centenary Alfas Sold Out Globally

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

It might be easy to poke a bit of fun at cars that use a pot of paint and trim variations to mark a company anniversary but there’s no arguing that, when done right, people tend to line up for the chance to buy one.

Case in point – all 100 units of the limited-edition Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary models sold out in every region the models were offered.

In case you missed it last time around, Alfa celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Quadrifoglio performance brand by building a hundred copies each of the Giulia and Stelvio equipped with a limited-edition 100th Anniversary trim. Gear such as unique wheels, carbon fiber mirror caps, and a dark grille were all part of the deal, as was a fettled limited slip diff that deployed some mechanical tricks instead of basically just using traction control wizardry. 

The sold-out Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary had a price tag of $85,160 while the Stelvio variant was stickered at $92,675. Think they’ll show up around the internet commanding a price premium given their relative rarity? Or are we getting past that dark era in car sales where even seemingly normal machinery had exorbitant markups?

But I digress. Under the hood of these limited-edition cars is the brand’s 2.9L turbocharged V6 engine good for 505 rampant Italian horsepower. Tosh like gold-colored brake calipers, gold-colored cabin stitching, and interior carbon fiber trim pieces with a new 3D(ish) finish are part of this package. The steering wheel is upholstered in leather and Alcantara, trimmed with black stitching and carbon fiber accents.

If you missed out, or simply didn’t want to pay almost six figures for a modern Alfa Romeo, this year’s Stelvio lineup now includes a new Competizione trim, based on the Veloce rung of its trim ladder and powered by the 2.0L turbocharged engine delivering 280 ponies instead of the Quad’s 505-horse twin-turbo monster.

Alfa adds active suspension equipment to the $55,825 Competizione, plus an upgraded stereo system and extra badging. This year’s Stelvio also gets fresh exterior lighting and a new digital instrument panel across the board. The Giulia also gets a Competizione trim, priced at $51,520. We'd take the sedan.

[Images: Stellantis]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 16, 2023

    "carbon fiber mirror caps"

    This is the highest and best use of modern lightweight stiff materials in an automobile. Use the carbon fiber to overlay the mirror housing. (This demonstrates your mastery of automotive technology.)

  • Akear Akear on Jul 05, 2023

    Nobody cares about Alfas in the US. Stop covering this loser division.

  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.