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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Alfa Romeo Giulia front view

Alfa is back yes, once again the cliched headline is being wheeled out as one of the best loved automotive brands has revealed Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon. This is the car the company hopes will take the fight to BMW’s 3-series, Mercedes’ C-class, Audi’s A4 and Jaguar’s XE in the executive saloon sector. Alfa Romeo Giulia range topping Quadrifoglio performance model, which will square up to the M3, C63, RS4 and for th coming XE R in the performance saloon arena. Crucially the Alfa Romeo Giulia will aim to steer the company onto a path of growth and success that will yield seven new models over thenextthree years and see a five-fold sales increase from 2013’s 74,000 cars sold to a target of 400,000 in 2018.

 

The new Giulia has been developed by what Alfa calls a ‘skunkworks’ of the best engineers, designers and stylists within parent group FCA. Its efforts have resulted in a new reardrive platform (four-wheel drive will also be offered) and a to be declared range of regular turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Top-spec Quadrifoglio models will boast a C63 S-rivalling 503bhp from a turbocharged V6. Made entirely from aluminium, as all the Alfa Romeo Giulia engines will be, this powerplant has been developed by engineers with a ‘Ferrari background’ and is claimed to accelerate the Giulia to 62mph in 3.9sec – 0.4secquicker than a manual M3. Drive will go to all four wheels (or solely to the rear axle) via a standard six speed manual gearbox.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia wheelbase will be the longest in its class, which means it will outstretch the 2840mm C-class, but with a design that features short overhangs, a long bonnet and some muscle injected into the arches, Alfa’s new C-segment saloon should be the most athletic looking car in its class. That long wheelbase should also provide the Alfa Romeo Giulia with a blend of stability and comfort, and there’s also an active aero-splitter at the front which is governed by ‘Chassis Domain Control’ electronics.

 

Under the Alfa Romeo Giulia skin will be double wishbones at the front and an ‘Alfalink’ multi-link suspension system at the rear, with electronically controlled active dampers at each corner. Alfa has also developed a ‘semi-virtual’ steering axis designed to maximise steering accuracy and speed, and while Alfa’s engineering chief, Philippe Krief, wouldn’t talk specifics, we hear it will be on a par with the sharp steering Ferrari 458. The Alfa Romeo Giulia will also be offered with torque-vectoring and will be the first Alfa Romeo to feature the company’s new switchable ‘DNA’ chassis control, which features Advanced Efficiency, Natural, Dynamic and Race settings. Drivers will be able to switch off the car’s ESP system completely. With claims of best in class torsional rigidity and the promise of a ‘unique, uncompromising driving performance’, Alfa is being incredibly bullish with its claims.
It wasn’t, however, all that forth coming with the details during the car’s reveal at the company’s recently renovated museum in Milan last month. Nonetheless, from the figures it is estimated that the 3-litre V6 turbo Quadrifoglio will tip the scales at around 1500kg (a manual M3 weighs 1520kg), thanks to the use of aluminium for the suspension components and carbonfibre for some of the external body panels (and even the seat frames), as well as mechanical components such as the prop shaft. The Quadrifoglio will also be fitted with carbon ceramic brakes.

 

Inside, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will feature a driver focused cockpit with, according to Alfa, the main controls grouped together on the steering wheel, as you’d see on an F1 car. Expect more of a Ferrari road car style layout. There’s no getting away from the importance of the new platform and the Giulia model that will debut it. Harald Wester, Alfa Romeo’s CEO, feels cars in the premium market have become interchangeable and replaceable.

 

 

Alfa Romeo Giulia Specifications

 

Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .V6,3000cc,twin-turbo
Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503bhp
Torque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500lb ft(est)
0-62mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.9sec(claimed)
Top speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160mph (est)
Weight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1500kg (341bhp/ton)
Base price. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £60,000(est)

 

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