Frankfurt Highlights: The Italians Go Fast. So Fast For Sure.

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Most of the Italian cars are fast. Ferrari and Lamborghini are famous for its supercars. Alfa Romeo is back and now it seems like want to known as a sport car maker, too. And at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show those three carmakers are showing how great they are in making a fast car.

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Alfa Romeo unveiled the 2016 Giulia at this year’s show. It’s a four-door sedan that marks the rebirth of Alfa Romeo. Moreover, the middle-size sedan is the first rear-wheel-drive car in over 2 decades from the Italian brand after 1992 75. Giulia is prepared to fight with BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. So, what’s new inside the sedan?

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Under the hood, Alfa Romeo just unveiled Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) type which has V6 3.0 liter turbocharged and tuned by Ferrari engineers. The powertrain can deliver up to 503 hp. And its performance is 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from 0 km/h. The company also announce that the Giulia performance at Nurburgring circuit that spends 7:39 lap time. It’s surprisingly fast and it means that Giulia is fastest in the saloon class. Even it’s 13 seconds faster than BMW M4. The Italian company is reported preparing for smaller engines (petrol and diesel).

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The exterior design, you can recognize it as an Alfa Romeo from distance. Its triangle grille is still at the front fascia that features aggressive and sporty design. Moreover, there are headlights that’s integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights. Its headlights design with narrow design making the Giulia’s face looked grumpy. The car looks muscular, thanks to sculpted lines that are placed on the hood. At the rear, we can see LED taillights and quad-exhaust. Overall, seems like Alfa Romeo wants to introduce its new design language that is combined with its traditional identity. Alfa Romeo Giulia will go on sale early 2016 with price starts from $70,000 to $90,000.

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Ferrari introduced its latest line up, 488 Spider. It’s an open top version of 488 GTB. At a glance, the convertible car is looked like its big sister, LaFerrari. Designed in its own house design, Centro Stile, the 488 Spider has an elegant and sporty exterior styling. The hardtop can be opened or closed in 14 seconds. Furthermore, the glass pane can be retracted to three positions to adjust the amount of the wind and sound in the cabin.

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The Ferrari’s engineers worked on magnetorheological dampers to guarantee maximum sportiness without compromising on comfort. And the new SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control system will help a non-professional driver to control the beast. Under the hood, there’s a V8 3.9 liter powertrain producing 661 hp and 760 Nm of torque. 488 Spider can reach 0 km/h to 100 km/h in seconds and 200 km/h in 8.4 seconds.

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I don’t know is it intentional or not. Just like its rival, Lamborghini revealed the open top version of Huracan, titled Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder which is 488 Spider rival and to be shown with same color, blue. Lamborghini’s designers redesigned some parts on the exterior styling, including rear compartment which now gets buttresses behind the seats, new air intakes on top of the rear fender, and a new engine lid.

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The electrohydraulic fabric roof can be folded in 17 seconds and you can do it while driving up to 50 km/h. Interestingly, the fabric top is offered in 3 different colors: black, brown, and red. Lamborghini claims that Huracan Spyder has 1,542 kg weight, and 2.53 kg/hp for power-to-weight ratio. Under the hood, Lamborghini using V10 powertrain 5.2 liter produces 602 hp. The engine is equipped with cylinder-on-demand and stop-start technology to pursue fuel efficiency, and mated to 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its performance is 3.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h from zero and its maximum speed is 324 km/h.

2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 will go on sale in 2016 and the first delivery will begin in spring 2016. How about the price? Before taxes, is around $210,111.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, & Lamborghini

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