Alfa Romeo has been throwing noses lately. First we had to wait a little while Let’s seeand now, instead of the long-awaited facelift from the Giulia and Stelvio, we get a smaller version of the Estrema. Italians use this adjective when talking about something extreme or extreme, and Alfa Romeo boasts that it is an offering designed for true automotive purists. Let’s find out if it’s true!
To emphasize that there is more sport behind the Estrema logo than in the usual types, the Italians decided to present it in the Swiss town of Hinwil. Anyone who follows details from the world of Formula 1 will immediately associate this name with the Sauber headquarters that builds cars for the Alfa Romeo F1 Team racing team.
Unfortunately, Sauber has not really created anything new for Estrema and the game is much less here than in the big versions. GTA and GTAmand even more civilized, though still the fastest variant of the Quadrifoglio. This is because the Estrema is placed at the bottom of the Alfa Romeo range – it should be the bridge that connects the traditional Giulia and Stelvio versions with their hard variants.
An old Alfa Romeo F1 Team car at Sauber headquarters
Estrema, standard quadrifoglio engines and suspension
In short, the Estrema is a different engine than the usual one known from the Veloce version, connected to the Alfa Active Suspension, taken directly from the Quadrifoglio. Therefore, there are only two units to choose from – the 2.0 Turbo petrol engine with 280 HP or the 2.2 JTDM diesel engine with 210 HP.
In the Giulia and Stelvio Estrema, power goes to both axles as standard, and is transferred by an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. There is also a mechanical differential, self-locking as standard, which allows you to get out of corners faster (proven, it works well!).
All in black! In this configuration, the Giulia looks like an agent car
However, what really sets this version apart is the Alfa Active Suspension system which controls the operation of the suspension and shock absorbers on the basis of data from the CDC (Chassis Domain Control) system that manages the chassis. The driver can adjust the suspension to suit their preferences using the DNA driving modes (Adaptive, Natural, All Weather). Anyone who has driven the Quadrifoglio variant will feel a little at home!
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Estrema – you will recognize him after carbon
Distinguishing a special series on the road will not be an easy task, after all, Estrema does not have many interesting distinguishing features – no extensions, ailerons or splitters. What reveals it is … the black logo on the front fender. Well, not only, because the Italians “sprinkled” Estrema with carbon fiber.
Even the “scudetto” has a carbon fiber strap
The glass houses and scudetto surroundings, the radiator grille in the shape of the Alfa Romeo shield, is made of “carbon”. Inside, carbon is found on the dashboard, center console and door panels. What else sets Estrema apart? Upholstery in Alcantara mixed with leather, red stitching and black brake calipers, and anthracite alloy wheels (19 inches for the sedan and 21 inches for the SUV).
The limited edition Giulia and Stelvio will go on sale on April 9. Alfa Romeo is proud to be the first special series available worldwide. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much you will have to pay in Poland. We know that it will be available in a few, although the car pool here will be much larger than that of the Giulia GTAm, which sold in the trunk. Alfisti, enjoy your hunt!