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Italy's Finest

What do Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat have in common?  Cars from these manufacturers come from Italy, of course.  Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini are the exotic sports cars from Italy.  Italians are capable of producing some really eye-catching cars that ooze style and performance.  What are some new cars on offer from these Italian manufacturers (just in case you’re wanting one of these) and what’s on the near horizon?  Let’s take a look.

Abarth is Fiat’s sporty wing that produces exciting and affordable Italian cars.  These guys could get you into a brand new 124 Spider – a really fun and exciting roadster.  The Abarth 124 Spider is Italian’s version of a Mazda MX-5.  Amazing road holding, lovely lines and a small Turbo engine means that this little open-top sports car can fly, and fly efficiently.

Abarth 124 Spider

Want to go as small as possible and still be able to keep up with the big boys?  The new and cute Abarth 595 and 595C get power from a 1.4-litre Turbo T-Jet engine with a peak power of 103 kW and a maximum torque of 206 Nm.  With a top speed of 204 km/h and an acceleration of 7.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill are sensational for such a cute little sports car.

Abarth 595C

Fiat also provides some great everyday drives.  One of the new standout cars is the cleverly packaged Fiat 500X.  The raised ride height and bigger curves of the new 500X make the standard 500 somewhat dwarfed.  AWD traction, Multijet Turbo performance and modern, unique interiors enable you to travel in style and tackle some of the less travelled back roads or city curbs.

Fiat 500X

Fiats new Doblo and Ducato vans are really efficient and practical load carriers.

Fiat Doblo


Fiat Ducato

New Alfa Romeo cars are some of my favourites.  Who wants a practical car with loads of style and performance?  The Giulia is a direct rival for the BMW 3, 4 and 5 Series models.  The Giulietta is the hatch with style and practicality, while the brand new Stelvio is Italy’s answer to the sporty SUV.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


Alfa Romeo Giulietta


Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Rare in Australia are the Maserati range of cars.  If you’re on the lookout for something really special, the Maserati range is truly exotic and covers sporty coupes, sedans, SUVs and cabriolets.  A choice of two twin turbo V6 petrol engines and a 3 litre V6 Turbo diesel engine are available for the new Ghibli.  Gorgeous lines are matched with the car’s sport leather interior.

Maserati Ghibli

If you’re in the know, Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars scare the pants off the Germans!  They are very good at going very fast, and look the goods time-and -time again.

The new Ferrari FF with 495 kW and 683 Nm is an AWD V12 powerhouse.

Ferrari FF

The new Lamborghini Huracan with V10 power and 600 Nm.

Lamborghini Huracan

Italy is a cool country not just because of its ability to make gorgeous cars but also the country’s land mass is shaped like a boot.  Little wonder that Italians are excellent shoe designers, too!