So, the Giulia, Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited, rear-wheel-drive BMW 3-Series rival. Ees preetty car.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is based on an all-new platform with the longest wheelbase in the class, short overhangs and 50:50 weight distribution. Much more importantly, though, it allows classic long nose, short tail proportions.
I won’t bother describing the styling to you; just click through the images and soak it up. The only mark I can really see against it is that the rear end is a bit generic. We haven’t seen the interior yet, but Alfa promises a driver-focussed, user-friendly layout and high-end materials.
Power comes from a range of new aluminium petrol and diesel engines, on which more information will be forthcoming. But Alfa has expanded on the powerplant that propels the model pictured here, the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
It’s a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 producing 503bhp. For comparison, that’s about the same as the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and upcoming Jaguar XE R, but over 80bhp more than the BMW M3. Many of the engineers involved are ex-Ferrari and Alfa claims it will deliver the same sonorous noise as Alfa V6s of old.
Performance? At this point, all we know is that Alfa is claiming a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. Which is a very small amount of time.
Alfa hasn’t said what sort of gearbox the engine is attached to or even which wheels are driven. Though some sneaky photos from the unveiling show it has a manual ‘box – glory be!
Suspension is by double wishbones at the front, a sophisticated ‘Alfalink’ multilink setup at the rear and adaptive dampers all-round. Torque vectoring keeps the Giulia pointing in the right direction, while the carbon-ceramic brakes give “record-breaking” stopping distances.
An active front splitter varies the amount of downforce the car generates and Alfa’s DNA driving mode selector comes as standard, with a new Race setting. Lovely.
A lot of weight has been stripped out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, as well. The propshaft, bonnet, roof and seat frames are all made out of carbonfibre; the engine, suspension, wings and doors are aluminium. Despite the light weight, Alfa claims best-in-class torsional rigidity.
The Giulia doesn’t go on sale in the UK until late 2016. That’s just about long enough for the anticipation to build to fever pitch. Make no mistake, there is a lot riding on the Giulia. Possibly even the very survival of the Alfa Romeo brand. It needs to be good and it needs to succeed.
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By Only Motors