Alfa Romeo Giulia and Abarth 595 have been voted “Best Car 2018” in their respective categories by the readers of “Auto motor und Sport”, repeating last year’s success in this prestigious international survey.
Brian Joss – For the second year running, the readers of the famous “Auto, Motor und Sport” specialist magazine have given their opinion – in their view, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is the best medium-class imported car. This is the outcome of the voting procedure for the “Best Car 2018” award. In the 42nd edition of the reader survey, Alfa Romeo Giulia won 22.4 per cent of the votes. What is more, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Brand’s first SUV, and the compact Alfa Romeo Giulietta, finished second in their respective categories. And that’s not all: “Auto, Motor und Sport” readers selected Abarth 595 as best car in the “Imported Mini Car” category. The Italian compact sports car won the coveted “Best Car” for the third consecutive year, with the votes of 27.2 percent of readers, and also made it into the first three in the overall Mini Car rankings.
The forty-second edition of the “Best Car” competition had a strong international flavour. Readers of 18 magazines from Europe and beyond assessed a total of 385 models in eleven different categories. “I’m proud to receive this award,” Roberta Zerbi, Head of EMEA Alfa Romeo Brand stated during the ceremony in Stuttgart. “Alfa Romeo Giulia’s success in Germany is extremely significant, proving that our designers and engineers have satisfied the discerning tastes of German car enthusiasts.”
Luca Napolitano, Head of Fiat and Abarth EMEA, declared: “595 is packed with superior engineering technology. The car is a blend of iconicity, style and performance. Being named ‘Best Car’ by the German magazine ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ for three years running is further proof of its exceptional value. I want to thank the readers of ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ for their continuing esteem”.
Alongside its distinctively Italian design and lavish standard outfit, the wide range of engines is one of the secrets of Alfa Romeo Giulia’s success. Built entirely in aluminium, they incorporate ground-breaking fuel emission and emission reduction technologies. The 2.2 134 kW AT8 Advanced Efficiency
version, for example, combines best-in-class performances with average consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km.
The top-of-the-range model, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, on the other hand, is equipped with the 375 kW 2.9 V6 Biturbo petrol engine. This version, supreme embodiment of “Engineering for the Emotions”, 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 diffuser and side skirt inserts. The weight of the Quadrifoglio version can be further reduced through the use of two components which are available upon request: carbon ceramic brake discs and Sparco seats with a carbon fibre rear structural frame.
With five stars in the EuroNCAP crash test, Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the safest cars in its segment. What’s more, all Alfa Romeo Giulia models thrill with their sporty handling, perfect front-rear weight distribution and excellent weight/power ratio. Depending on the model, the rear-wheel or Alfa Q4 all-wheel drive systems not only deliver stunning sporty performances but are worthy heirs to the Alfa Romeo tradition, with its many historic racing victories.
Abarth 595 fans have a choice between sedan and convertible versions, as well as four trims and power levels. The range includes the 108 kW Abarth 595, the 119 kW Abarth 595 Pista, the 123 kW Abarth 595 Custom or the top-of-the-range model, the 134 kW Abarth 595 Competizione.
The entire range comes complete with an array of sporty features as standard. These include sports seats, low-level sports suspensions, sports exhaust, limited slip electronic differential and ultra-lightweight alloy wheels. The Abarth 595 Competizione model offers an even larger number of racing features: Sabelt Abarth Corse bucket seats, carbon fibre and Alcantara steering wheel, Brembo high-performance braking system, Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) active shock-absorbers and secord Monza dual mode, four-speed exhaust.