Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio came to light in 1986 as one of three editions of the very well accepted 105/115 series spider. Despite the simple fact that this car is a mere third or fourth revision of the Duetto, the added stylistic features give it a new and refreshing look to that of its parent model. Additions include "ground effect" spoilers, remarkably well designed hardtop, 15-inch "phone dial" wheels, air-conditioning, power-windows and lovely leather seating. Oddly, this model has been produced in very limited quantities, which in combination to Pininfarina's remarkable design, has made the vehicle a tricky little number to get your hands on. It is very difficult to find any for sale, and if you do, the cost will be significantly more than a Milano Verde. A mechanically identical model of the standard Spider Veloce was released in 1986 as the Quadrifoglio Verde (Green Cloverleaf). The aesthetic changes however were numerous – including side skirts, optional removable hardtop, mirrors and new front and rear spoilers. However, many still found the Veloce to be a more attractive vehicle than the Quadrifoglio Verde, which was viewed as being slightly gaudy. The technical specifications were sure to delight though – with a 1962 cc double overhead cam, five-speed manual transmission and a four-cylinder engine. (Take note: the North American models retained the Bosch electronic fuel injection introduced for the 1982 model year.) The interiors of the European and North American versions were quite similar, and certainly not lacking in luxury – including multi-speaker sound systems, leather seats, electric window lifts and mirrors, air conditioning and alloy wheels. Hollywood even played a part in the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio's success by showcasing the vehicle in the ever popular 1967 film, The Graduate. North America was even issued a model called the Graduate in its honor. This model was an entry level, less expensive model Alfa; and yet, it retained the same engine and transmission as the QV and SV, but lacked the 'luxury' status by excluding features such as power windows and leather seats. Nevertheless, it was on the market in North America from 1985 until 1990.