The Car Connection Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact sport sedan aimed at the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Cadillac ATS.
The Giulia was originally sold in Europe from 1962 to 1978 as a small car with decent power. When it arrives on these shores in the second quarter of 2016, it will be the second car in the reborn Alfa Romeo lineup.
The Giulia will launch as the high-performance Quadfifoglio model, which is a competitor for the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, and Cadillac ATS-V. With a Ferrari-derived twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood, the Quadrifoglio will make 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come standard with start/stop technology and cylinder deactivation, a technology Alfa Romeo claims will result in a 15 percent improvement in real-word fuel economy. Alfa Romeo says the engine it will launch the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191 mph. A six-speed manual transmission will be offered, and some type of automatic, either traditional or dual-clutch, will likely be available as well.
The standard line Giulia will follow shortly after the Quadrifoglio. Few details are available, but Alfa Romeo has confirmed that it will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 276 horsepower.
Alfa Romeo claims the Quadrifoglio will offer best-in-class torsional rigidity and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of seven pounds per horsepower. Several weight-savings measures are applied to arrive at that number. Carbon fiber is used for the driveshaft, hood, and roof, while the doors, fenders, front and rear subframes, mirrors, and suspension are aluminum components. An aluminum composite and plastic crossmember sheds pounds at the rear, while optional carbon ceramic brakes weigh half as much as the standard cast iron rotors and save unsprung weight at all four corners. Cast-iron brakes will also be offered.
All Giulia models will feature a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. The Alfa DNA Pro drive-mode selector will be standard for the Quadrifoglio, offering Advanced Efficiency, Natural, Dynamic, and Race modes that adjust the brake and steering feel, as well as the engine, transmission, and throttle response.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s design combines elements of the past with a modern look and a sporty stance. The body is draped over a long wheelbase, but short front and rear overhangs give it a tidy overall length. The familiar Alfa Romeo trefoil grille resides up front, along with adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a carbon fiber front active aero splitter that increases high-speed downforce by as much as 220 pounds. The hood has a pair of air vents that conform to a V shape that begins with the dominant triangular portion of the trefoil grille. The front fenders feature green-and-white Quadrifoglio four-leaf clovers. These sit above air extractors from which flow bold character lines that end at the rear door handles. The rear fenders have powerful haunches that are reminiscent of the previous-generation M3. The coefficient of drag is a fairly slippery 0.32. We have yet to see what the base model looks like.
Inside, the Quadriglio's cockpit is centered around the driver, with aggressively bolstered alcantara sport seats and a small steering wheel that is home to the start button and other controls. A seven-inch driver information display is found in the instrument cluster, while the center of the dash gets an 8.8-inch display that can show real-time performance data and telemetry, as well as infotainment information. The center console houses a BMW iDrive-style control knob.
The Quadrifoglio will come standard with eight airbags, including knee airbags for both front occupants. Also available will be forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and front and rear park assist.
Other information, including the full model lineup and a complete list of equipment, will be available closer to launch. Pricing is expected to start around $70,000 for the Quadrifoglio and $40,000 for the base model.