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How Well Did an Alfa Romeo MiTo QV Handle The Mille Miglia?

How Well Did an Alfa Romeo MiTo QV Handle The Mille Miglia?

By Jacopo Villa / 19 May 2015 / 16 Comments Read More

This year, Petrolicious was in the Mille Miglia with two cars: the 1100 Zagato and a 2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV, affectively dubbed the "Petromobile". While the first is an historic racecar, the latter is a quick and fast Italian hot hatch, with a 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Oh yes, Petrolicious and #drivetastefully stickers adorn the bodywork. I just love it! We were lucky to have Alfa Romeo on our side by lending us this little red thing to follow the race just a week or so ago: I made a few calls and was able to take delivery of it in Milan.

Inspiration for Driving More Slowly This Weekend

Inspiration for Driving More Slowly This Weekend

By Jacopo Villa / 8 May 2015

When thinking about grand touring, I believe a lot of people imagine fast, two lane roads stretching on some delicious countryside scenario. I used to think so, too, but after touring in a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Bertone in the outskirts of Brescia, I just changed my mind—sometimes, it’s better to take your time.

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The Petrolicious Guide to Driving Tastefully in Italy

The Petrolicious Guide to Driving Tastefully in Italy

By Afshin Behnia / 13 Apr 2015 / 27 Comments Read More

As an enthusiast, road trips are integral to experiences in Italy. Some of the best towns and countrysides are best reached by car and very inconvenient or impossible to get to by train. I’ve personally traveled extensively in the country, and have been lucky to enjoy some incredible experiences.

With that, I share with you some simple rules for getting the most enjoyment out of driving in Italy.

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

By Michael Banovsky / 16 Mar 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

At the turn of the 20th century, motor racing was an incredibly dangerous sport that often claimed the lives of its most talented drivers. From the crucible of early motorsport competition, one symbol in particular signifies the unbreakable spirit of drivers who raced on the very edge in search of fame and fortune: the Quadrifoglio four-leaf clover emblem.

Alfa Romeo at Its Very Best: the Alfetta 158/159

Alfa Romeo at Its Very Best: the Alfetta 158/159

By Jacopo Villa / 5 Mar 2015
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Hard as it may be for young Petrolisti to believe, Alfa Romeo once sat atop the world of Formula 1 racing. Back in the days when "sex was safe and motor racing was dangerous," this Milanese automaker briefly overcame its underdog status and became a source of headaches for its European rivals, taking home Formula 1 championships in 1950 and 1951.

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A Visit to the Official Alfa Romeo Historic Club

A Visit to the Official Alfa Romeo Historic Club

By Jacopo Villa / 2 Mar 2015 / 18 Comments Read More

Sometimes Jacopo Villa's work is just an excuse for him to get close to wonderful things. He works as a full time automotive journalist, and there's no better excuse to experience great cars and have fun, all while being exactly where his boss tells him to be. His work–if we're still calling it that–recently took him on a visit to the official Alfa Romeo historic club, Scuderia Del Portello, where, among other things, he got an up-close look at an array of special Alfas.

Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

By Afshin Behnia / 23 Feb 2015 / 45 Comments Read More

For fifteen years, Fiat has been promising that Alfa Romeo would return to the United States. When? The answer was always the same: in two years. Alfa Romeo finally came back in 2008–sort-of–with the very sexy, yet very limited, 8C Competizione but failed to follow it up with a more affordable model to be built in large quantities. That is, until now. But was the wait worth it? One could answer that question by evaluating the new Alfa Romeo 4C's merits and price-performance as a sports car. But that would be useless to an Alfista like me. I simply want to know one thing: does it feel like an Alfa Romeo?

Am I a Car Guy?

Am I a Car Guy?

By Christer Lundem / 22 Jan 2015 / 32 Comments Read More

Many people know me as a car guy and most of the time I am fine with that. However, the truth is a lot more complicated. I am in love with the analog machine, the digital world not so much. To me, driving a modern sports car equals listening to a classic Stradivarius violin on bad PC speakers. The idea of the product is fine, but the execution is horrible...

This is the Secret Pureblood Alfa Romeo Lovers' Collection

This is the Secret Pureblood Alfa Romeo Lovers' Collection

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Jan 2015 / 13 Comments Read More

If you were just strolling down this tiny street in Milan’s industrialized outskirts, you wouldn't even notice it because it blends so easily with the old factories and buildings. If you were looking for indications along the road, just like you find in Arese, you would be lost somewhere, on some road, in the middle of nowhere, disoriented by the Milanese fog.

He Built This Alfa Romeo Giulia, It Built His Career

He Built This Alfa Romeo Giulia, It Built His Career

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Jan 2015 / 15 Comments Read More

Most people use their job as a way to get a car. Dorian Valenzuela, however, is not most people: he used his 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super to land a job, in this case at Singer Vehicle Design, where he helps create that company's bespoke Porsche 911s.

This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Dec 2014
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Interest soon turned into a childhood obsession when my father dragged home a ‘71 1750 Spider as a salvaged wreck. I was overwhelmed with this roofless, [bent], red bullet. It was 1978, I was eleven years old and instant Alfa nut. I poured over the shinny Spider brochure on the coffee table and dreamed of one day owning an Alfa Romeo...

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