It’s always a pleasure to write about an Alfa Romeo! Especially about such an elegant model like the Giulia. Yes, it’s elegant and that’s for sure, because now we know how the standard car looks. And it looks flawless!
Until Geneva, the only certain thing known about the Giulia was its top-version, called Quadrifoglio Verde. But now, we also have the classy, Italian style of the standard model. And it looks amazing! There is not even one element to disturb its perfectly drawn lines, not even one curve in excess. I even like it more than the QV version! It’s exactly as rounded as it should be and it has the ideal proportions. It’s elegant, provocative and yet so simple! God, I love this car! The interior also looks sensationally designed, with its curvy shapes and clean surfaces. Its central tunnel is very wide and high, perfectly separating the front seats while making the gear shifter looking short and sporty. A thing that I’ve never understood at Alfa Romeo is why in the back there are three headrests, while there are only two proper seats? But who cares, anyway? When you buy an Alfa, it’s a clear thing you don’t choose with your head!
So, did Alfa Romeo become all about the looks? Certainly not! The engines have always been a strong point in the Italian cars. Giulia comes with a 2.2 liter diesel engine, developing either 150 hp and 380 Nm, either 180 hp and 450 Nm. If you’re a “benzina” fan, the 2-liter turbo engine, developing 200 hp and 330 Nm@1750 rpm will do the job. There will be six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions and rear wheel drive. Nothing yet about an all-wheel drive version, but it’s possible to have one during the next year. About the top-of-the-range QV…what’s to say? Only numbers and tears of joy: V6 biturbo, 2.9 liter, 510 hp, 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top-speed of 307 km/h. QED.
The dynamics promise to be excellent, thanks to the extended use of lightweight materials, like aluminum, aluminum composite, plastic and carbon fiber. For instance, the QV version achieve a less than 3:1 kg/hp weight-to-power ratio, while the 2.2 diesel version weighs 1375 kg, which is roughly the same as Giulietta’s diesel versions. More, the weight distribution is a perfect 50:50, promising a very sporty handling.
And at the end, the best news: the Giulia will be in showroom starting with 15 April!