Alfa Romeo Giulia 06

It’s no secret that Alfa Romeo is preparing up to eight new models by 2018 as part of its revival plan. The first of the lot is this: the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia, a proper rear-wheel-drive sport sedan destined to rival the popular BMW 3 Series.

So what has Alfa’s successor to the 159 got to offer? For a start, this particular Giulia you see here wears the Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) badge (think BMW M and Mercedes-AMG models), putting it on top of the echelon as the most potent variant. It is powered by an all-aluminium, ‘Ferrari-tuned’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that packs 503 hp, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a scant 3.9 seconds.

Alfa Romeo Giulia 07

To put it into perspective, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S has the same amount of horsepower in its engine bay while the M3 makes do with 425 hp.

Details are lacking but the idle Italian automaker says the engineers managed to achieve a perfect 50/50 weight distribution across the two axles by putting the heavier parts and components in the most central position possible. All in all, the Giulia is said to weight around 1,530 kg with the “best weight-to-power ratio” of lower than 3 kg per hp through extensive use of carbon fibre for the propeller shaft, bonnet and roof, and aluminium for the engine, brakes, suspension and body components.

Alfa Romeo Giulia 05

Not only that it’s light, the Giulia is also engineered to be as nimble as possible with the addition of a double wishbone suspension with a semi-virtual steering axis setup at the front and a multilink type at the rear. The setup will work with a double-clutch torque vectoring system, which allows controlled torque delivery to each wheel, along with the Integrated Brake System and Chassis Domain Control.

In other areas, the Giulia gets the Alfa DNA selector with Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient and Racing modes, Active Aero Splitter to manage the downforce and carbon ceramic disc brakes. The QV will be followed by other variants of the Giulia, together with optional 4WD and other engines including a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a V6 diesel.





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