Two new Italian brands have just entered our market. Petromax Philippines is now importing (though not as an official distributor) Alfa Romeo and Abarth models from its new dealership along Ortigas Avenue in San Juan. The models on display inside the dealership include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Abart 695 Rivale convertible, and the Abarth 595 Turismo.
The Giulia, Alfa says, embodies the brand's "la meccanica delle emozioni" (the mechanics of emotion) ethos, and indeed sports a curvy and bold exterior that fits the motto. There are two engine options available: a 2.0-liter turbo (200hp, 330Nm, 235kph top speed) on the Super variant, and a 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo (510hp, 610Nm, 307kph top speed) on the Quadrofoglio. The unit on display at the dealership is a foreign-spec unit; Petromax president Allen Ong tells us that our market's variant will come with goodies like bi-xenon headlamps and a full-leather interior. The Super retails for P3,820,000, while the Quadrofoglio is available by special order for P9,550,000.
On the Abarth end, Petromax is currently showcasing the soft-top 695 Rivale, which boasts 180hp and 250Nm, and the Abarth 595 Turismo, which Ong explains is designed for long drives.
The prices for the Abarth models are as follows:
*Abarth 595 MT: P2,690,000
*Abarth 595 MTA: P2,760,000
*Abarth 595 Turismo MTA: P2,990,000
*Abarth 595 Turismo C: P3,190,000
*Abarth 595 Competizione MT: P3,230,000
*Abarth 595 Competizione MTA: P3,300,000
*Abarth 595 Competizione C: P3,490,000
*Abarth 695 Rivale MTA: P3,560,000
*Abarth 695 Rivale C: P3,750,000
Check out our photos for a closer look at what's available. Do you guys think these Italian brands will shake up our market?