Alfa Romeo have released the details of a new Alfa Romeo Giulia – an all new car revealed on the 105th anniversary of the Italian car maker.
I think it’s a bit of a looker – but then I wouldn’t necessarily expect anything else. The lines are classic Alfa Romeo – reminding me of the 159 in the best possible way. In my opinion it’s about time Alfa started creating jaw-dropping executive saloon cars again – and although this doesn’t quite meet the creditials in terms of price and performance, it’ll appeal to the crowd that Alfa are looking to target.
It’s not just the simple elegance of this car that gets me excited though – the car is developed by high-performance experts Skunkworks and when we get to drive I that’ll shine through. The weight distribution looks likely to be perfect, and combined with the way it looks I’d expect this to be a pretty tight machine all round. It’s clear the car has also been put through some extensive weight-reduction design too, which can only bode well.
“Under the bonnet, a range of state-of-the-art engines power the new Giulia with a bespoke unit created for the top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio version. Tuned by engineers from a Ferrari background, the flagship V6 turbo petrol powerplant delivers an impressive 510hp, propelling the Giulia Quadrifoglio from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, while also offering surprising fuel efficiency thanks to electronically-controlled cylinder deactivation system. As with all next-generation petrol and diesel engines, this six-cylinder unit is made entirely of lightweight aluminium and will, of course, deliver that distinctive Alfa Romeo sound to complement the performance.
In terms of the suspension, a sophisticated “Alfalink” multilink solution has been chosen for the rear axle, while the front suspension employs a new, double-wishbone set up. Developed exclusively by Alfa Romeo, a new semi-virtual steering axis optimises the filtering effect and guarantees rapid, accurate steering by keeping a constant caster trail in corners. In combination with electronically-controlled adaptive dampers, the always-perfect footprint allows the Giulia to tackle high lateral forces while still ensuring the steering feels direct, natural and instinctive even at very high speeds.”