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    Alfa Romeo 156 Type 932 1997-2007

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    The wait is over! 2016 is proving to be a bumper year for new arrivals from Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo. In the last two weeks we have attended not one but two new car launches, with more to come in the following weeks. Firstly we drove the new Fiat Tipo in Turin, a car that reinforces Fiat’s model range following the phasing out of the Grande Punto. Not only that, but the Station Wagon version reintroduces an estate car, which has not been listed since the Fiat Stilo and Alfa 159. Despite the very attractive pricing, mainly due to low cost manufacturing in Turkey, the Tipo does not feel as if it has been built down to a price. Given the practicality of both the Hatchback and Station Wagon, the high build quality, smart appearance and choice of the popular 1.6 diesel and 1.4 turbo engines, then I think we will soon be seeing lots of Fiat Tipos on our roads. / #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-Type-952 / #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-952 / #Alfa-Romeo / #2016 /

    While the Fiat Tipo is a welcome addition to FCA’s portfolio, its arrival was somewhat overshadowed by the long awaited #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia . CEO Sergio Marchionne said he wouldn’t launch the car until it was exactly what the Alfisti required and he has pretty much delivered the goods. Before I was let loose to drive the 503bhp Quadrifoglio at the Balocco proving ground, I was chauffered by an Alfa Romeo test driver around the damp track. The demonstration was sensational, the highly experienced driver took the car beyond limits that I could never achieve given the short time we had available. What a superbly engineered and exciting package the Giulia is. When I eventually tried both the manual and automatic (no TCT option) versions for myself I was pleasantly surprised to find that the paddle shift auto actually provided the better driving experience. The gear changes were so quick and rewarding that the manual change was almost laborious by comparison.


    Out on the road I drove the 2.2-litre diesel (178bhp) and 2.0-litre (198bhp) petrol versions of the Giulia, the models that will undoubtedly be sold in greater volumes than the ‘halo’ Quadrifoglio . The handling and ride quality of these cars is truly remarkable, the rear-wheel drive combined with a superb suspension set-up was a revelation. My favourite drive was the 2.0-litre petrol version, which has a satisfying Alfa rasp at high revs. Turbo technology, prevalent on most cars now (even Ferrari), means that it’s all over at relatively low rpm, 5500rpm in this case – something that the Alfisti will have to come to terms with. The UK will receive the 2.9-litre #V6 #Alfa-Romeo-Giulia-Quadrifoglio and 2.2-litre #MultiJet models later this year, hopefully the petrol version will arrive later. Next up the Fiat and Abarth 124 Spiders – exciting times!
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    / #2016 HURACÁN GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán-GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán / #Lamborghini /

    HURACÁN GT3 DEBUT VICTORY

    The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 scored its first victory of the season 2016, by winning against 32 rival cars in the first round of the German #ADAC-GT-Masters in Oschersleben . On the top step of the podium were drivers from the #Austrian-Grasser-Racing Team , #Rolf-Ineichen and #Christian-Engelhart .

    During the Oschersleben race weekend, #Bonaldi-Motorsport also debuted it’s Lamborghini Huracán GT3. The Italian team showed excellent performance in Race 1 on Saturday and took third place but a penalty during the pit stop did not allow #Milos-Pavlovic and #Patrick-Kujala , to celebrate on the podium. ‏ — at Oschersleben, Germany
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    / #2016 HURACÁN GT3 LAUNCHED / #Lamborghini-Huracán-GT3 / #Lamborghini-Huracán / #Lamborghini /

    Lamborghini have built 40 Huracán GT3s for 20 customer teams to race in 13 championships worldwide. The 2016 European series starts with Blancpain GT Sprint Cup Series at Misano with a grid of 40 cars including seven Lamborghini Huracán GT3s.

    The Huracán GT3 is the first race car developed exclusively at Sant’Agata Bolognese. Its design is based on a hybrid body shell mainly formed of aluminium and reinforced with carbonfibre components in the areas of greatest torsional stress. Dry weight is 1230kg.

    The body is crafted in composite materials (CFK, Kevlar and fibreglass), and the aerodynamics were developed together with #Dallara-Engineering , featuring the direct support of #Gian-Paolo-Dallara , the company's founder. As in the Huracán Super Trofeo, the body has a quick-connect fastening system for the body panels and high-performance radiators for engine coolant, and engine and gearbox oil. The aerodynamics of the car have been optimised to improve air stream penetration and to maximize grip and traction in any conditions, on any type of track. Extensive development ensures extremely efficient aerodynamics, thanks in part to an adjustable rear wing, front and rear diffusers and front air intakes, which can be regulated to obtain the best set-up on any track, whatever its condition. The Huracán GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre 90° #V10 engine with direct injection and derived from the street version of the Huracán. With rear-wheel drive, the Huracán GT3 is equipped with a Hör 6-speed sequential gearbox with three-disc racing clutch controlled by two paddles behind the steering wheel.


    The #Bosch-Motorsport-ABS braking system boasts ten positions that can be selected by the driver using a button on the steering wheel, and the same is true for the traction control adjustment, which can also be set over ten parameters to trigger the system according to road grip and degree of tyre wear. The price of the Huracán GT3 is €369,000, excluding taxes and delivery.
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    Lamborghini Huracán 2013 - LB724 body type

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