Not sure. Probably no news. Alfa in f1 doesn't have much of an impact I think so a sister brand in a sister championship shouldn't matter too muchGood news, bad news, or no news for Alfa?
I wouldn't call the engine unreliable if driven hard. There are lots of posts of bad engines here but even more posts of good engines from people driving hard. Plus I think if we look at all of these cases, there may be a few common denominators such as MY/build dateGetting back to the original reason for the thread, the "Netuno" something or other. I'm curious how you guys rate the reliability of the current 2.9. It's been discussed to death, but for those that think it's a reliable engine (I do, if you drive it like my mom), or unreliable (I do, if you drive it like it should be driven), why add an even more powerful engine to a car that's already unable to handle the power the current V6 makes (Just look at the GTA which makes a decent amount more power, but barely moves the performance dial, even going on a diet, for silly money). Add to that another layer of possible unreliability to a brand that was launched half baked, in addition to the reasons already given, and I think it's a no go.
I have the 2.0, and it's great after turbo lag goes away, but if the light turns yellow and you have to go NOW, it dissapoints. I don't know if the V6 has similar (all relative of course) behavior, but if it does, I think the best thing that can happen to our Alfas is an 80HP boost of instant power to the front wheels, which dovetails into my other question - How much power will a hybrid add to the front wheels ?
EDIT - I was wrong. This system is less than my old Subaru’s. It’s just an assist system.What I'm hearing described sounds like the Ram truck's eTorque system.
Doesn't even need to be any refresh. It could just be those so-called special editions like "6C Villa d'Este".I'm just trying to fill in 5 years w/ "new" cars when we know that could just be refreshes or new iterations like the GTA/GTAm or 6C/Junior trims. I don't expect a Duetto or GTV before STLA, so I have crammed everything in.
Then again the Giulia was refreshed after 3 model years...
Giulia 952 MY17 - First NA cars
Giulia 952 MY20 - Refreshed interior
I have almost zero experience with the GME 2.0, but as someone who has driven 4-cylinder (w/ and w/o turbos) for most of his life, I know that you typically need to downshift to be at 3,000 RPM+ to be in the power-band for the turbo to spool quickly. Typically, a two gear downshift is required (and that is assuming you are NOT in 7-8th gear). At that point, I would assume 4th or 5th gear is required on the highway for a strong pull (my brain doesn't think in 8 gears yet). Then add the Giulia being automatic and you are even slower when "punching it" as you wait for the car to downshift from the most fuel efficient (usually lowest RPM) gear.I think most 2.0L drivers have learned that simply "punching it" is not the recipe for a fast launch or best passing acceleration.
The Ghibli GT Hybrid (mild hybrid, no e-motor, just an electric supercharger) is slower (5.7 0-60) and RWD. Hopefully Alfa can do better with Q4.I also remember seeing Maserati launch hybrid versions of the 2.0L engines that our Giulias have and instantly wanted one, to be honest, for this exact reason. I don't think the Giulia's "lag" is all that much when needing to downshift, but a nice bit of electric boost in those laggy areas would make the Giulia Veloce even more of a beast than it is (in comparison with similar entry-level turbos). 330-345bhp on these cars would feel sublime.
Probably because it is bigger&heavier i assume.The Ghibli GT Hybrid (mild hybrid, no e-motor, just an electric supercharger) is slower (5.7 0-60) and RWD. Hopefully Alfa can do better with Q4.