Thursday, October 1, 2020

FIAT 1500 with OSCA engine (Maserati brothers)

New on the Fiat 500 USA Forum: I saw an OSCA it was a FIAT body which was designed by Pinaforina (miss spelled) and a Maserati engine. Does anyone know anything about these and... Click to read more

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

New Fiat 500 La Prima First Drive

New Fiat 500 La Prima

The first production version of the all-new Fiat 500 all-electric recently rolled off the factory floor at Fiat's Mirafiori plant in Torino, Italy. In the video below, Olivier Francois, President of Fiat Brand Global,  takes the new 500 La Prima (first edition) for its first drive and introduces us to this exciting new model.

Fiat's Mirafiori plant opened up in 1939 and is one of Europe's longest running automotive factories. Over €700 million was recently invested between the costs of design, development and engineering and the construction of the production line to produce the new 500 EV. Fiat is proud to say that the new 500 was created, designed and engineered in Torino stating it is a product truly “Made at Fiat” and “Made in Turin”.

In the video, Francois drives the new 500 from the Mirafiori factory to Fiat's historic Lingotto complex, the former Fiat factory famously known for having a test track on its roof.  The former factory is now a museum, and the home of the Pinacoteca Agnelli art gallery. Its fourth floor hosts the “Virtual Casa 500”, an online exhibition to preview the full opening to the public of the Casa 500 in spring 2021.

Dealerships across Europe can now order the new Fiat 500 La Prima with expected deliveries in October.  A US version has not yet been confirmed.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

500 Abarth uConnect vs 500e uConnect - any difference?

New on the Fiat 500 USA Forum: Comparing the 500 Abarth uConnect and the 500e uConnect, (NAV units) is there anything which may interact with the car differently, ie would the same... Click to read more:

Thursday, August 20, 2020

WTB: Abarth Hatch/Trunk in rosso

Have a 2013 500 turbo. Looking to get the larger duckbill spoiler/wing... would be easier to swap hatches.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020



STELLANTIS is the name of the new group resulting from the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA.

Below is the press release issued earlier today:

In a major step as they move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the Combination Agreement announced on 18 December 2019, Peugeot S.A. ("Groupe PSA") and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ("FCA") (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) today announce that the corporate name of the new group will be.

STELLANTIS is rooted in the Latin verb “stello” meaning “to brighten with stars”. It draws inspiration from this new and ambitious alignment of storied automotive brands and strong company cultures that in coming together are creating one of the new leaders in the next era of mobility while at the same time preserving all the exceptional value and the values of its constituent parts. will combine the scale of a truly global business with an exceptional breadth and depth of talent, know-how and resource capable of providing the sustainable mobility solutions for the coming decades.

The name’s Latin origins pay tribute to the rich history of its founding companies while the evocation of astronomy captures the true spirit of optimism, energy and renewal driving this industry-changing merger.

FCA Logo

Peugeot Group Logo

The process of identifying the new name began soon after the Combination Agreement was announced and the senior management of both companies have been closely involved throughout, supported by Publicis Group.

The name will be used exclusively at the Group level, as a Corporate brand. The next step in the process will be the unveiling of a logo that with the name will become the corporate brand identity. The names and the logos of the Group’s constituent brands will remain unchanged.

As previously stated, completion of the merger project is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by both companies’ shareholders at their respective Extraordinary General Meetings and the satisfaction of antitrust and other regulatory requirements.

- Vélizy-Villacoublay and London, July 15, 2020

Read more: on the FCA and PSA Merger:

Fiat SpA Legacy Logo

Source: FCA

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Alfa Stelvio Oil Change How To

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Change

Changing the oil on an Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a straight forward procedure once you remover the 21 fasteners holding engine undertray.  The Stelvio's 2.0L Turbocharged engine needs 5.5 quarts of 0W30  full synthetic oil meeting SN PLUS standards or Fiat 9.55535-GS1 specifications.  This oil may not be the easiest oil to find  at your local parts store, but you can get this at the dealer or online if that is the case.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio / Giulia SAE 0W-30 Full Synthetic
Part number: 68444159AA Quart

Alfa Romeo Giulia / Stelvio Oil Filter
Part number: 04892339AB

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Drain Plug
Part number: 06507741AA

When to Change The Oil on Your Alfa Stelvio
Changing engine oil and replacing the engine oil filter depends on how you use your car and the  conditions it is operated in.  The warning light or message in the instrument panel will alert you when an oil change is needed, but in all cases, you should never exceed 1 year/10,000 miles (16093 km).

Severe Duty Oil Change
If  you operate your Stelvio in dusty and off-road environment or if it is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPM’s, this type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty and you need to change your engine oil at 4,000 miles (6,500 km).

Alfa Stelvio Engine Under Tray

The Alfa Stelvio's engine undertray seals off the bottom of the engine bay nicely. This helps keep the engine clean, plus quiets the car.  There are quite a few fasteners to remove, but they are all easily removable.

Removing Stelvio Belly Pan

Am electric screw driver is highly recommended and will speed up the process immensely.   You need three torx bits - a T20, T25 and T30.

Stelvio Belly Pan Fasteners

Make sure your Torx bit fits correctly before trying to remove the fastener.  Clean any dirt or debris that may have accumulated in the fastener will help avoid stripped fasteners.

Removing Stelvio Belly Pan

The Alfa Stelvio's undertray is overlapped on the sides by wheelhouse splash shield / the side trims.

Removing Belly Pan

Carefully remove the undertray.

Stelvio Oil Pan

The Alfa Stelvio's oil drain plug and oil filter are easily accessible.

Removing Stelvio Drain Plug

Remove the oil filler cap and then remove the drain plug.

Stelvio Drain Plug 06507741AA

This is the Stelvio's drain plug.  Note the washer. Replace the drain plug and gasket if damaged. The drain plug part number is 06507741AA and fits a wide variety of FCA products. It can be easily found online or at your local dealer.

You can use an oil filter wrench or a large channel lock pliers to remove the oil filter.

Stelvio Oil Filter Flange

Once you remove the oil filter, carefully clean the mounting flange. Make sure the oil filter gasket did not come off the filter and is not stuck on the flange.

Stelvio Under Tray Fasteners

All the fasteners and that need to be removed to change the oil on an Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Shown are the T25 and T30 Torx sockets (the T20  Torx socket is not shown).   The oil filter used is a common FCA oil filter used on numerous cars.

Alfa Stelvio Belly Pan

Above is the Alfa Stelvio's under-tray with fastener locations marked for your convenience.  When you install the fasteners, take time to hand start them and do not over tighten. It also would be a good idea to smear some anti-seize on the threads to make them easier to remove the next time.

Fiat 9.55535-GS1 Oil Specs

A tip is to prefill your oil filter. This can save a few moments waiting for oil to circulate through the filter and then into the engine.

Alfa Stelvio 9.55535-GS1 Oil

Add your 5.5 quarts of SN PLUS Certified SAE 0W-30 Full Synthetic Engine Oil. Remember, the oil needs to meet SN PLUS / Fiat 9.55535-GS1 specs.  Make sure you re-install the oil cap.

Checking The Engine Oil on a Alfa Stelvio*
The engine oil level can be seen on the instrument cluster display every time the engine is started, or on the Information and Entertainment system display by activating on the main menu (MENU button) the following functions in sequence:

  1. “Apps”
  2. “My Car”
  3. “Oil Level”

Check on the display using the 6 notches that the oil level is between the MIN and MAX level: 1 notch MIN level, 6 notches MAX level.

If the oil level is close to or below the MIN mark, gradually add oil through the filler,  considering that each notch shown on the display corresponds to approximately 8.8 fl oz (250 ml).

Make sure not to add too much oil when topping off the engine. Engine oil in excess may damage the engine. Have the vehicle checked. Never exceed the MAX level when topping off engine oil.

The oil level is not refreshed immediately on the display after topping off. Consequently, wait for the oil level to be refreshed on the display and follow the Top-Up procedure below.

Always reinstall the oil cap and tighten to proper torque whenever it is removed to add oil to engine. Never run the engine with cap removed this could cause oil to leak from engine.

Top-Up And Oil Level Indication Update On Display
If a engine oil top-off is needed, in order to ensure the correct indication of the oil level on the display, leave the vehicle on flat ground with the engine running for approximately five minutes (temperature higher than 176°F (80°C)) and shut the engine off. Then, start the engine again, and idle it for about five minutes.

If you have added the specified amount of oil and the indicator is not reading “Full”, please contact an authorized dealer.

Alfa Stelvio Oil Check

Resetting The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Change Reminder
The next step is to clear your oil change reminder. Try the procedure below to reset your Stelvio's oil change reminder. You may have to do this several times. However, it is possible that it won't reset and you'll need the dealer to do it.

Resetting the oil change indicator system:
• Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button and cycle the ignition
to ON/RUN position (do not start the engine).
• Fully depress the accelerator pedal, slowly, five times within 10 seconds.
• Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button once to return the
ignition to the OFF/LOCK position.

*From the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Repair Manual Courtesy of TechAuthority

Monday, June 1, 2020

Alfa 8C Competizione and 8C Spider

Alfa 8C Competizione. Arguably the most desirable modern car created in the past 40 years. Not because it is the fastest or does any one thing the best, but because it stirs the emotions like no other car. The sounds. The shapes. The tactile sensations. This car is as close to being alive as an automobile can get. It is almost a human combination of strengths, quirkiness and weaknesses put out for all to see. It is naked and honest and...FANTASTIC!

The official press release from Alfa Romeo on the 8C for your enjoyment:

Alfa 8C Competizione and Alfa 8C Spider

The German event would not have been complete without an area for Alfa Romeo's exclusive limited edition supercars: the Alfa 8C Competizione and Alfa 8C Spider. These two sports cars have enchanted collectors and aficionados the world over, both pulling in thousands of applications in just a few days.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 2006 Concept Car

The cars were designed at the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile and 500 of each were manufactured. Their fully carbon fiber exteriors perfectly embody Alfa Romeo's motoring and mechanical excellence: a slender line that expresses all the beauty of a veritable piece of poetry in motion that harks back to the brand's glorious past while also carrying forward its values of technology and emotion into the future.

Style and aerodynamics embracing tradition and innovation

The marked dynamism of the car is imparted by the horizontal ridge cut into the side extending from the front wheel arch. The big wheels and the mighty "muscles" of the rear wings emphasis the model's personality and strength, without taking away the elegance of the soft flowing lines, almost underlining the exquisite beauty of the exterior's individual parts: the drop-shaped headlights set like precious stones in the front wing, the taillight LEDs embodying technology and functionality, and the classic door handle.

Furthermore, the front end has the trademark Alfa Romeo stylistic features, with a new interpretation of the 'whiskers' and the badge. Not forgetting that this innovative line gives us a glimpse of the parts and proportions of future Alfa Romeo cars, while always sticking to the brand's heritage.

It should be noted that for maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, the solutions adopted for the Alfa 8C Spider and 8C Competizione are not limited to shape. In fact, all the surfaces and profiles of the pillars and windows, as well as the shape and the position of the wing mirrors, were optimized either through computer calculations or tunnel and road tests. In this way, the air wraps around the car and continues its natural course without being obstructed by uneven or rough edges.

Of course, the unique feature of the Alfa 8C Spider is the Z-fold soft-top, a key design choice for limiting weight and optimizing weight distribution. To make opening and closing operations simple and easy, moving the soft-top is entrusted to an electrohydraulic system controlled by a button on the dashboard, while the manual lock and release ensure the system's smoothness.

In particular, the roof on the Alfa 8C Spider is characterized by a fabric made with two overlapping materials: the outer fabric is multi-layered with high resistance to atmospheric agents, while the inner fabric has high-capacity soundproofing for the passenger compartment. Also, the soft-top, which is available in several colors, was designed with aesthetics, aerodynamics and acoustics in mind as well as functionality, with moving parts specifically developed to make deployment easy, fast and safe.

Interior: personality and technology

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider interior

The two cars are highly sophisticated on the inside thanks to the broad use of composite materials to make the dashboard and the interior panels, as well as the ultra-light carbon fibre ergonomic seats, made in partnership with Sparco, which can be adjusted according to the driver's body shape (a feature reserved until now for race cars).

Furthermore, by focusing on customizing the interior trims as much as possible, the customer can choose from different environments and aesthetic solutions, all hand-crafted and based on close attention to detail: from contrasting or 'ton sur ton' stitching to unique color combinations.

The valuable Frau Pieno Fiore leather upholstery (using an innovative weaving process in which the hide is bound to a natural fiber fabric creating a very profound and strong look) is particularly noteworthy.

Similarly to the interior, great care has been put into making the external parts: from alloy wheels to brake calipers, every detail can be customized because each Alfa 8C Spider or Alfa 8C Competizione is unique. An unmistakable car that reflects its owner's personality. To sum up, the unique and one-off style of the exclusive Alfa 8C heralds the pleasure of a sporty drive fully in keeping with the brand's tradition.

Solid but lightweight structure

A solid but light structure is a pre-requisite for making a good high-performance car. It is also the inspirational principle behind the two cars. The floor panel is steel to get maximum torsional rigidity and ensure a drive that is always precise and safe, while the bodywork is made from carbon fiber.

This is a choice motivated by the requirement to reduce weight as much as possible but also to optimize the car's centre of gravity for better agility and handling on more challenging journeys.

An innovative carbon fiber monolithic windscreen frame was designed in order to ensure high rigidity on the Alfa 8C Spider while maintaining a low roll center.

The sweet-sounding 8-cylinder 4.7 engine

Still focusing on the most sophisticated technology, the two Alfa Romeo supercars use the new 90° V8 engine with a capacity of 4691 cm3 which has been designed with a precise objective: to ensure exceptional performance without sacrificing driving fluidity and the enjoyment of any road situation.

This creates a powerful and progressive engine that develops a maximum power of 450 hp at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 480 Nm at 4,750 rpm with maximum revs of 7,500 rpm. A sequential six-speed gearbox has been added to this engine, with gear selection via ergonomic triggers located behind the steering wheel and with a self-locking differential.

In more detail, the internal fluid dynamics and the cooling system cylinder heads are designed for high duct permeability, as well as effective cooling of the intake load to maximize volumetric efficiency and engine performance. Furthermore, the harmonization of the intake and exhaust geometry together with the adoption of continuous variable valve timing units on the intake camshaft, the optimization of the combustion chamber and the calibration of the engine mean that 80% of torque can be obtained from 2,000 rpm.

In sporty driving conditions on different road surfaces, you will welcome the engine's exceptionally short response times due to high intake permeability and low inertia of the two-disc clutch/flywheel system.

The crankshaft with counterweights at 90°, fully balanced with the best arrangement of rods and pistons, ensures that the engine operates with few vibrations. The crankcase/lower crankcase unit is aluminum with five main bearings to ensure the structure is very rigid with low friction losses, just like the cylinder heads are made from an aluminum alloy. Furthermore, all the piping (water, oil, secondary air) is directly in the engine's castings, thus making the system very sturdy, unhindered and safe; in short, extremely reliable.

The integration of the accessory systems with the engine's main castings and the very solid design of all the big-sided parts ensures low noise levels coming from the engine and high component reliability. Even the engine's longitudinal packaging has received special attention, as demonstrated by the adoption of a single chain timing control that ensures exceptional reliability for life.


Alfa Romeo 8C driven by Domenico Martino, responsible for final tuning of the car 

 Lastly, particular attention has been paid to the acoustic definition and intonation of the intake and exhaust in search of a tone that would enhance the character and render the car unmistakable. The result is a characteristic and full sound, emphasized by a high permeability intake system and an exhaust system with electronically activated valves that enhances the sound of the car in full compliance with regulatory and environmental constraints. 

  Transmission, sequential gearbox and self-locking differential

Just like the legendary race cars, the Alfa 8C Spider and Alfa 8C Competizione have the transaxle system which ensures the best balance of weight distribution: in fact, the engine is located further back while the gearbox is arranged at the rear in a block with the differential and the hydraulic actuator. 

The transaxle structure provides for the rigid connection between the engine and the gearbox casing, which also contains the self-locking differential. The two units are joined by a tube inside turned by the drive shaft: in this way, the load is optimally distributed between the front and rear axle assemblies.

Top Gear Roadtest on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 

 The six-speed gearbox, with gear selection by means of triggers located behind the steering wheel, has been developed to ensure very quick gear changes and can be used in Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport, Automatic-Normal, Automatic-Sport and Wet modes. Lastly, the self-locking differential enables acceleration and stability to be managed with extraordinary efficiency in any situation. 

  Suspension, wheels and braking system 

The two cars are Alfa to the core, with an uncompromising sense of control and driveability. Alfa Romeo cars have always been known for drive comfort and dynamic behavior: in the case of these supercars, they become real strong points. This is partly because of the four-sided suspension with forged aluminum uprights and supports, shaped to best control the trajectory of moving wheels. The tires with 20" rims also contribute to excellent road hold, and they have been specially developed to ensure excellent performance: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, mounted on spoked wheels and made from flowing aluminum to ensure lightness and the best possible brake ventilation. 

 Ensuring the best possible suspension and tire setup has maximized comfort while maintaining a sporty performance. The result is excellent dynamics: classic handling so typical of the Alfa Romeo brand, direct steering, responsiveness, clean transitions, and a linear understeer gradient. 

 On the 8C Spider, it is actually extremely easy to combine accelerator and steering wheel usage, with the maximum longitudinal and transverse accelerations reached at the same time. This is noticeable by excellent responsiveness during sporty driving and easy management of oversteer.


Road test of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 

 Lastly, both cars have the latest version of the Alfa Romeo VDC, a state-of-the-art system for controlling stability and traction, to give the driver the best possible control over the car. The driver can limit system intervention by driving safely and alertly. Such a system has to be backed up by excellent brakes. That is why the 8C Spider comes with Brembo's F1-inspired carbon ceramic (CCM) brakes as standard. 

In a first for a car in this class, and in order to ensure an incredible feeling from the very first time you brake, the system is broken in with a brand new process that guarantees reliability - and it comes as standard on the Alfa 8C Spider. On the 8C Competizione, the braking system has floating-type drilled discs with an aluminum bell. These solutions ensure powerful and effective braking, even under intense use. Finally, the calipers are monobloc to ensure maximum rigidity and less warp due to the high loads generated by pressure from the pistons on the pads.