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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio NRING Edition First Look: Record Wagons

Setting two Green Hell lap records calls for special editions

Setting two Green Hell lap records calls for special editions

Alfa’s raison d’être, its unique selling proposition in a market crowded with brands currently enjoying stellar quality and reliability ratings is to build the most fun-driving entrants in their respective segments. So far, the brand is accomplishing that mandate—the Giulia took our COTY calipers in 2018, and the Stelvio won a comparo earning it a crack at our Best Driver’s Car honors that same year. Now, as we reported in March, to celebrate the fact that these dynamic overachievers each set a Nürburgring record in 2016­—the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 7-minute 32.0-second lap ranking as the fastest five-passenger vehicle in the world, and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s 7:51.7-second time, earning the distinction of being the quickest-lapping SUV available in North America—a pair of special editions are being launched. That March story mentioned that special edition NRING models were likely coming here, but in the month since, several details have changed, pricing has been announced, and we can steer you to the email address that’s taking orders.

55 of Each

We reported that Alfa would build 108 Giulias and 108 Stelvios in celebration of its 108-year history. Those were for Europe, and now North America is getting 55 of each, with a plaque on the dash commemorating your vehicle’s numerical place in that exclusive lineup. (OK, make that 56 of each, as the cars on the New York stand are numbered 00 of 55 and will stay with the factory.) The starter’s pistol for order-taking apparently sounded as the embargo lifted for this story, so it may already be too late to snag one, but if you’re feeling lucky, email sales@alfaromeo.com.

Kissing Cousins

Remember the garishly striped Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Racing Special Editions we showed you in Geneva sporting a riff on Alfa’s Sauber Formula 1 race team livery? Those cars are very similar to these, except we don’t get the “Ticket Me!” graphics (praise be), and the Euro specials get an aero package and a 10-hp boost in performance that we don’t get (ours are functionally unchanged Quadrifoglios).

Fully Equipped

NRING models come with the following equipment, and we’ve noted prices in parentheses for items that are available options on normal Quadrifoglio models, while items with an asterisk are exclusive to NRING variants:

Exterior:

  • Circuito Gray matte paint* (Silverstone Gray metallic costs $600 USD)
  • Carbon-fiber mirror caps, carbon-fiber “V” scudetto front grille, and Dark Miron exterior badging ($1,200 USD)
  • Red brake calipers with white Alfa Romeo script ($350 USD)
  • Dark 19-inch (Giulia) or 20-inch (Stelvio) five-hole aluminum wheels ($500 USD)
  • Exposed carbon-fiber roof on (Giulia only, $2,000 USD)
  • Dual-pane sunroof on Stelvio only—and a dubious choice for a performance model ($1,350 USD)
  • Carbon-fiber rocker sill trim

Interior:

  • Serialized number inlay on the passenger console*
  • Carbon-fiber steering wheel ($400 USD)
  • Carbon-fiber shifter bezel*
  • Two-tone red/black leather interior with red stitching (no charge)
  • Carbon-fiber door sill plates (illuminated on Giulia)*
  • Optional Sparco carbon-fiber frame racing seats ($3,500 USD)
  • Driver assistance dynamic package (adaptive cruise control plus with full stop, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam system, and infrared windshield, $1,200 USD)
  • Premium alarm system ($400 USD)

Carbon Brakes Optional

We reported in March that NRING models would get standard carbon ceramic brakes, but those fancy binders will remain optional, priced at $8,000 USD.

Steep Pricing

The Giulia NRING will sell for $91,485 USD and the Stelvio NRING for $97,485 USD. Relative to the base Quadrifoglio models, these prices represent a premium of $15,895 USD, but when you tick options for the items that can be ordered on a normal Quadrifoglio (and include Giulia pricing in the Stelvio price list for options not offered on the SUV), the premium whittles down to $6,245 USD on the Giulia and $6,895 USD on the Stelvio. What price exclusivity?