What Are the Different Engine Types?

At Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven, we provide our customers with a wide selection of luxury Alfa Romeo models and a quality of service that is second to none. One of the many inquiries we receive from our customers circles on engine types. While there is a variety of powertrain choices out there, do you know what sets them apart?

When you buy a new car, you are often given the choice of a four-cylinder, V6, or V8 engine. These powertrain choices translate to the number of cylinders that powers the engine. The more cylinders you have, the more power behind the engine. V6 and V8 engines may not be as fuel conscious as a four-cylinder. However, they pack quite the punch when it comes to horsepower and torque.

At the same time, the style and design of the vehicle play a pretty significant role. For instance, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider houses a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine, but thanks to clever design, this luxury car pumps out an impressive 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It also earns 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio boasts a four-cylinder configuration as well, which achieves 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to top-of-line performance, one of the Quadrifoglio trims is sure to exceed your expectations. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, for example, features a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out a tantalizing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

Regardless of what kind of engine you opt for, chances are there is an engine design out there that fulfills your automotive needs. The sales team at our Alfa Romeo dealership serving Auburndale, FL will go above and beyond to ensure that you get behind the wheel of a luxury vehicle that you love. Our bottom line is customer satisfaction, and whether you’re looking for a powerful V6 engine or a sleek four-cylinder, we’ll find the vehicle that works for you.

Vintage Alfa Romeo Stuns at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

Elegance. Style. Performance. Alfa Romeo has been embracing all of these design principles for over 100 years. With our new exotic autos for sale at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven, we keep that tradition up, and love to share them with the people in Winter Haven, FL and surrounding areas.

And when you want to see the pedigree Alfa Romeo still carries to this day, you needn’t look further than this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018. In one glorious afternoon on the cliffs and green rolling hills of the Monterey Peninsula, 209 classic cars came together to compete against the scenery, vying for the title of Best of Show. In the end, it was the classic 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta took the top prize. Yet, it wasn’t enough to just win Best in Show; the Berlinetta also took the Charles A Chayne Trophy, presented to the car with the most advanced engineering of the era, and the J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car Trophy, which is essentially the gold-leafed cherry on top of the elegant triple-crown victory for the Berlinetta.

“This Alfa Romeo 2900B Touring has all that one would wish for in a car,” said Councours chairman Sandra Button. “The Touring styling is simply magical, and to top it off it makes all the right noises!”

Three times an Alfa Romeo has taken home Best in Show at Monterey, and each time it’s been an 8C 2900B that’s been modified by Carrozzeria Touring, which makes it one of the most winning vehicles to ever compete in Pebble Beach history.

That passion for excellent automobiles is still evident when you drive a new Alfa Romeo. Come visit our Winter Haven, FL Alfa Romeo dealer to experience the legacy for yourself today.

FIAT 500X for Sale at FIAT of Winter Haven

The FIAT 500X is a sophisticated crossover that takes you from Point A to Point B in an efficient, stylish manner. Small yet mighty, this vehicle is ready for any adventure. Enjoy the luxury of this midsize vehicle as soon as today here at FIAT of Winter Haven.

The FIAT 500X brings stunning Italian design to the crossover segment, with generous space and rugged capability to boot. Autotrader calls this first-ever FIAT crossover full of “style and character.”

The FIAT 500X houses 1.4-liter MultiAir® turbo engine underneath the hood, which delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It pairs to a six-speed manual transmission, and it truly excels by way of fuel efficiency. On the highway, you can expect to get a maximum 33 mpg.

The available AWD system makes this car ride like a dream. It engages automatically at any speed, simply based on the road conditions. This means you’ll have traction delivered when you need it most. The FIAT 500X near Auburndale, FL is responsive to the changing needs of drivers; when front-wheel drive performance is sufficient, the AWD system disengages.

Every trim of the FIAT 500X is equipped with a rear back-up camera, creating seamless reverse maneuvers every time you shift into gear. Additional technology includes the vibrant seven-inch touchscreen with Uconnect®, which features voice command and Bluetooth® streaming audio. It’s also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

No matter what your needs may be, they’re sure to be met in the new 500X. Head down to your nearby Lakeland, FL FIAT dealership today to test out the FIAT 500X for yourself. We hope to see you soon here at FIAT of Winter Haven!

What to Do When Your Car Lease Ends

Leasing is a popular alternative to purchasing; however, it’s much different than standard financing. Leasing means you essentially “rent” the car from the dealership. So, what do you do when your car lease is up? FIAT of Winter Haven is here to help.

90 Days Before the Lease Ends

Start your research about 90 days before your lease expires. You’ll want to understand the lease-end value, which is the amount you can pay at the end of the lease to purchase the vehicle. This number is non-negotiable. Regardless if you intend to purchase your car, you still need to know this number. The other number to know is how much equity you have in the car, which would be the difference between what you owe and the car’s value on the market. Not all leaseholders will have equity.

What Are Your Options?

You have three options at the end of your lease.

  1. Walk away from the lease
  2. Trade the vehicle in
  3. Purchase the vehicle

If you decide to go in a different direction, you are more than welcome to simply turn in your keys and walk away—that’s the beauty of leasing, there are no long-term commitments. You can also trade it in and lease a new FIAT car that may better meet your needs. If you purchase your leased car, there are no wear-and-tear or mileage fees applied.

Once you have determined the best route for you and your leased vehicle, schedule an appointment with our FIAT dealership serving Lakeland to get the process started. Contact our Auburndale, FL FIAT dealer to learn more about your options!

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Wins Two Awards

Alfa Romeo is a brand that prides itself on craftsmanship, luxury, and performance. We at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven consider it our privilege to provide this standard to our customers. And when we found out that one of the biggest vehicle markets in the country decided to honor Alfa Romeo for its crossover utility vehicle, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with a very prestigious award, we were ecstatic.

The Texas Truck Rodeo is a two-week event hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association. Nearly 70 journalists test 60 vehicles and vote across several different categories, putting them through their paces. And while a fellow FCA US LLC vehicle, the 2019 RAM 1500, won the overall Truck of the Texas award, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio won both the Luxury CUV and the overall CUV of Texas awards.

“It was also noteworthy that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles swept the overall awards at this year’s competition,” said TAWA president Michael Marrs.

While TAWA didn’t really give us specifics on what was tested, we have a few ideas of our own. With eight inches of ground clearance and an immense 505-horsepower engine, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is an off-road performer from the ground up, but it still retains a high level of luxury from the outside in. The standard Harman/Kardon sound system and 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability ensure that every ride is a pleasant experience for all riders.

The time has never been better to discover the Alfa Romeo Stelvio for yourself. Come visit our Alfa Romeo dealership serving Auburndale, FL today to discover the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio with a test drive, and let our Winter Haven car dealers provide you friendly, professional service. See you soon!

Retro FIAT 500 Styling Package Is a Real Stand Out

If you’re a fan of retro and FIAT vehicles, you’ll want to know all about the new retro styling package offered from FIAT. As your local Lakeland, FL FIAT dealership, FIAT of Winter Haven is excited to inform you of this new option.

The Retro Look

The FIAT 500 1957 Edition packages transforms the FIAT 500 Lounge into a breathtaking model that features the styling of the original 1957 Nuova Cinquecento model. With this offering, drives receive a fun, customized FIAT 500 that’s iconic and timeless.

This stylish package is available on cabrio and hatchback body styles. The features of the FIAT 500 1947 include a retro fascia with vintage FIAT badging accompanied by bright inserts and your choice of three 16-inch wheel options in either blue, green, or white.

The door trim planes are Retro Ivory, while the exterior mirrors are white—these little details add to the unique look of the vehicle. The cabrio model has a black top, and the hatchback model boasts two-tone paint with a white roof. You can select from retro light blue, white, or light green on the exterior.

In the cabin, you’ll find a leather-wrapped shift knob in brown along with a two-tone steering wheel in brown and ivory leather. Car and Driver describes the vehicle as having “retro charm” and notes its new, more powerful engine.

Packed With Power

This model comes standard with turbocharged power. The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivers an astounding 135 horsepower, which is 34 more horsepower than its predecessor. It also offers 150 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, but you can upgrade to a six-speed automatic.

Learn More about the Retro FIAT 500

Get in touch with FIAT of Winter Haven today to inquire about this new styling package so that you can create your very own throwback car.

The Importance of Vehicle Fluids

Vehicle fluids help keep your FIAT 500 running correctly and efficiently, which is why it’s critical to keep an eye on a number of them, such as the oil and transmission. Come on down to our FIAT service center near Auburndale, FL to have our expert technicians take a look at the fluids in your car to ensure they’re all adequately filled.

Oil

Your engine depends on oil for a number of reasons. Not only does it keep the powertrain’s components properly lubricated, but it also keeps it free of harmful substances and cool to prevent overheating. An oil change is needed roughly every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, depending on your specific vehicle and driving habits.

Radiator Fluid

Radiator fluid, which is antifreeze coolant, ensures your engine doesn’t overheat. This fluid helps prevent rust and keeps dirt, sludge, and old antifreeze from inhibiting performance. It depletes over time, which can lead to leaks and component failures if left ignored.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is the lubrication your transmission must have. It also protects metal surfaces from wear, enhances cooling function, and increases rotational speed. When it gets low, you’ll notice your FIAT 500L or FIAT 500X experience delays in shifting and gear slippage.

Our FIAT car technicians in Winter Haven, FL are more than happy to assist with any additional maintenance needs, such as a brake inspection or tune-up. You are able to schedule an appointment online, as well as browse current service and parts specials we have going.

If you have any concerns over your car’s fluids, make an appointment today at our car service center near Lakeland, FL. Call us today at (888) 342-1171. We look forward to helping you out here at FIAT of Winter Haven!