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Alfa Romeo updates Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifolgio for 2020 with high-tech features

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio retains its power for the 2020 model year.

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The most powerful variants of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio are getting upgraded for the 2020 model year. The biggest impact of the changes is in the vehicles' cabin where high-tech features finally take a front seat to styling.

Both models continue to be powered by a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that produces 510 horsepower and 600 nM of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stelvio Quadrifolgio models have an all-wheel drive system.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the second-highest performance version of the model designed for daily driving.Photo courtesy of FCA

New for 2020, customers can choose to equip either model with an Akrapovič exhaust, which features titanium with carbon fiber tailpipes and a sophisticated note.

Also at the rear are new LED light clusters with dark lenses. Badging has been made glossy black. The Stelvio also features new 21-inch alloys wheels, seen for the first time on a Quadrifoglio.

Mopar has also designed an exclusive Quadrifoglio accessories line for MY2020, featuring a carbon fibre front grille with "V" insert, mirror caps and rear spoiler.

The cabin of both models features a more refined aesthetic. The center console has more storage space, the leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter are standard. Buyers have the option to add red or green seat belts rather than the traditional black. Alfa Romeo has made perforated leather available on the models, fitted standard with Alcantara sport seats. Carbon shell Sparco seats are available.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolgio The models feature freshly designed interiors with higher grade materials.Photo courtesy of FCA

The models have also gotten a significant tech upgrade. The new infotainment system is housed within a standard 8.8-inch touch screen. Quadrifolgio models exclusively get Performance Pages, which show the temperatures of the main mechanical components, torque delivery, turbo pressure and power used, as well as digital chronometers to measure acceleration and maximum speed, allowing the driver to view performance levels and vehicle status in real time.

Getting from A to B in a hurry shouldn't be a problem in the new models and getting there safely is more likely thanks to the introduction of Level 2 advance driver assistance systems technology. Under Level 2 conditions, the driver must remain in control of the vehicle, by always keeping their hands on the steering wheel. The vehicles' system includes:

  • Lane Keep Assist - detects whether the vehicle is veering off from its lane if one of the direction indicators has not been triggered, and advises the driver using visuals and haptics, with active intervention to steer the vehicle back into lane.
  • Active Blind Spot Assist - monitors rear blind spots but also reports any approaching vehicles and corrects steering to avoid a collision.
  • Active Cruise Control - automatically adjusts the car's speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front. In conjunction with the traffic sign recognition system, this technology adjusts the speed to within the set limit, for a more comfortable drive.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control - this system uses the on-board camera, recognises traffic signs, reports them on the display, and alerts the driver to the current speed limit. The system therefore suggests the driver reduce their speed to the limit detected. If the driver accepts, the cruise control settings are automatically adjusted.
  • Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist - complementing Active Cruise Control, these features monitor lateral positioning, keeping the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic (Traffic Jam Assistant) or on the motorway (Highway Assist), while also adjusting the speed according to the current limits.
  • Driver Attention Assist - monitors driver drowsiness and triggers an alert if necessary.

The models will be offered in four livery categories: Competizione, recalling the brand's sporting tradition; Metal, emphasising its dynamic spirit; Solid, dedicated to those seeking stability; and Classic, which recalls and reinterprets the heritage of Alfa Romeo.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Stelvio Quadrifoglio The two models feature the same powertrain and many similar features and appointments.Photo courtesy of FCA

The Classic range features three new colors with brand heritage in focus: 6C Villa d'Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green. The latter hue pays homage to one of the brand's icons, the Alfa Romeo Montreal, launched 50 years ago.

The new MY2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will go on sale later this year. Prices will be announced closer to the vehicles' on-sale date. News on whether or not the models make to the U.S. is still pending.

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Little Sesame's Volkswagen Bus allows the restaurant's chefs to travel the country in search of new flavors.

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Holiday shoppers this year, once again, have shopping small on the mind. For some businesses, their idea of small is smaller than most. From a hummus shop to a coffee shop, to a mobile bookstore, many small business owners rely on vintage Volkswagen products to help their businesses run.

Little Sesame

Little Sesame Volkswagen Bus

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In 2015, chefs Nick Wiseman and Ronen Tenne opened their hummus shop in Washington, D.C. They didn't just want another restaurant, they wanted to create a different way of doing business than they'd experienced in some of the New York City area kitchens they'd cooked in over the years. They wanted travel.

In order to inspire new flavors , Wiseman and Tenne hop into their robin's egg blue 1978 Volkswagen Bus and explore the country. Their current Bowl of the Week brings in autumn and wintertime flavors with ingredients like maple roasted winter squash, pomegranate molasses, crispy chickpeas, za'ata, and herbs.

The restaurant, with locations in the Golden Triangle and Chinatown, is currently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer catering and meal kits as well as online ordering for pickup and delivery.

Dom's Coffee

In Farmington Valley, Connecticut, a European-style coffee shop sits on a strip of real estate next to buildings similar to what you'd find in nearly anyone's hometown - a car dealership and a church. The brick-and-mortar shop was opened by Andrius Plankis and Asta Plankiene in May 2015, two years after the couple emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania.

In addition to their shop, they run a fully-equipped mobile espresso bar out of the back of a Volkswagen Atlas R-Line. Their specialty is artistically crafted drinks including espressos, affogatos, specialty lattes, cold brews, and hot chocolates.

The Cincy Book Bus

The Cincy Book Bus

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After retiring from 25 years of teaching, Melanie Moore decided it was time to pursue her dream: opening a bookstore. But she didn't just want to own the shop around the corner, she wanted to have a business that would work to get books into the hands of children that need them the most. Just as she was about to sign a lease for a storefront, she got cold feet.

Inspired by a novel centered around a fictional, female horse-drawn carriage bookseller, Moore decided to launch the Cincy Book Bus – a mobile bookstore – out of the bed of her husband's teal 1962 Volkswagen Transporter. The van holds about 150 books, and Moore regularly rotates titles to cater to her audiences.

Moore dedicates her profits to stocking classroom libraries.

While these three businesses are small, three large corporations (including Nike) were founded from humble beginnings thanks in no small part to their Volkswagens. Click here to read their stories.

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The headphones and earphones carry many of the same signature style elements as Lamborghini vehicles.

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New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic has partnered with Automobili Lamborghini to create a range of co-branded headphones and earphones. The collection incorporates design elements inspired by the iconic Italian super sports car company's vehicle range, which includes the Huracán, Urus, and Aventador.

The inaugural collection consists of the MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones that are available in three colorways. The headphones are available in silver metal/light grey/yellow Alcantara; black metal black/yellow Alcantara; and black metal/black/grey Alcantara. Alcantara is widely used in sports cars. The signature Lamborghini "Y" motif appears on all models.

Lamborghini x Master & Dynamic

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"Sound resonates with Lamborghini: the peerless music of a Lamborghini aspirated engine has a highly sensory and emotive appeal," said Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. "The combination of design sophistication and technology in delivering a purity of sound is a talent shared by Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic."

The MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones offer two modes of ANC so users can tailor their sound to their environment, and feature up to 24 hours of battery life and Bluetooth 5.0 with a 30m/100ft connection. The MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphone features 10mm Beryllium drivers and a stainless steel charging case providing 40 hours total battery life.

Jonathan Levine, Founder and CEO of Master & Dynamic said, "As a young boy obsessed with cars, I remember being mesmerized the first time I saw a Miura. That feeling and excitement is still with me today whenever I see a Lamborghini. To create something that initiates such a visceral response has always been my intention at Master & Dynamic."

The Master & Dynamic for Automobili Lamborghini collection is available at lamborghinistore.com, MasterDynamic.com, MasterDynamic.co.uk, and MasterDynamic.eu now.

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