Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Estrema not for Australia

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Alfa Romeo Giulia and and Stelvio gain active suspension, chassis domain control and limited-slip differential in Estrema range.

The Alfa Romeo Guilia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio will gain a new, range-topping Estrema specification at the end of April, which the Turin car maker says emphasises the focus on dynamics and refinement. Alfa Romeo has told Automotive Daily that the model will not be arriving in Australia, however.

Estrema is Alfa Romeo’s first global special series (sans Australia) and adds a host of technical upgrades as standard.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema 2

Basic kit on both the new sedan and SUV include active suspension, chassis domain control and a mechanical seal-locking limited-slip differential.

The two cars also gain some exterior design changes that Alfa Romeo says provides “more lightness and a sporty attitude”.

These include carbonfibre for the door mirrors and front grille and Estrema branding on the wheels and brake callipers.

The Guilia is fitted with 19-inch alloys, while the Stelvio receives a 21-inch set.

Inside, Alcantara seats come as standard, as does red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, dashboard and gearstick. There’s also a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema 3

Buyers have the choice of either a 2.0-litre 206kW four-cylinder petrol engine or a 154kW 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The two models were unveiled at the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team’s headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland, which Alfa said was ideal because it’s a “breeding ground for new technology”.

Alfa Romeo’s partnership with Sauber Motorsport is also said to have helped the new models embody the “highest achievements in terms of technical and dynamic solutions, style and sportiness”.

Prices for the Estrema variants are yet to be revealed, but expect them to command a premium over the current, range-topping Veloce specification shared by both models.

Jack Warrick

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