One of Italy's most celebrated auto makers, Alfa Romeo was initially named after an acronym for the Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company, in 1910. The company gained the second half of its current name in 1920 when it began producing cars under the guidance of Neoplitan investor Nicolo Romeo. Alfa Romeo's legendary motorsports history goes back to the 1911 Targa Florio and continues to this day, with the Alfa brand having graced some of the most storied race cars of all time, including the 158 Alfetta which Giuseppe Farina drove to win the inaugral Formula One championship. Owned by the Fiat group since 1986, Alfa Romeo continues to produce sporty enthusiast cars with beautiful, Italianate designs. Though its reputation in the US is based largely on the Spider two-seat roadster, which Dustin Hoffman drove in The Graduate, Alfa Romeo is also known worldwide for building fun-to-drive, soulful sedans and hatchbacks.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa marks its return to the US Market with the lightweight mid-engined 4C. Constructed using advanced aluminum and carbon-fiber composites and powered by a turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder good for about 237 horsepower, the 4C offers world-class sports car performance along with a uniquely Italian artfulness.
2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder
With its classic sports car silhouette and race-derived Maserati underpinnings, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder had the makings of a great luxury exotic. Only its price point and limited dealer network put this Alfa Romeo all but entirely out-of-reach.
2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Based on Maserati running gear, the V8-powered 8C Competizione was Alfa's first offering in the US since the 1993 Spider Duetto. The 8C was gorgeous and handled well, but its nearly $300k price tag kept it from being a huge sales success.