The Alfa Romeo Giulia debuted today in Turin, and it promises to be a mike drop in the field of extreme performance sedans.
Whether you’re a committed Alfisti or just like cars that are fast and beautiful, the new Giulia announced today will get both camps drooling.
Behind the refreshed Alfa logo that debuts with the Giulia is the Ferrari-inspired, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from Maserati. Its 510 horses outpace the BMW M3’s (425 hp), the Cadillac ATS-V (464 hp). The Mercedes C63 S comes close at 503 hp, but it needs a V8 to accomplish that.
Alfa calls this rear-wheel drive powerhouse the Quadrifolgio, or four-leaf clover. Purists will recognize that storied name, and they’ll love the fact that it comes only with a manual transmission.
Fuel economy is boosted by cylinder deactivation, and Alfa says the engine’s all-aluminum construction helps the Quadrifoglio attain a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, on a car that uses a carbon fiber hood to keep the power-to-weight ratio at about six pounds per horsepower.
That multiplies out to about a 3,300-pound curb weight for the Quadrifoglio, which promises to keep it feeling light.
Alfa claims a class-leading 3.9 seconds for the 0-60 run.
The front end is shaped by Alfa’s Active Aero Splitter, which actively manages downforce to keep the Quadrifoglio feeling planted.
The Giulia has the longest wheelbase in its class but has one of the shortest lengths, which Alfa says creates an ellipse-like shape, which is accented in this PR pic.
Styling emphasizes simple lines that incorporate function, as seen here with the side scallop that integrates the door handles.
Not much was said about the wheels in today’s debut, but those spokes are deliciously curvy. The brakes are carbon ceramic disks.
There’s much more, like F1-inspired steering-wheel controls and simple, two-knob navigation of the minor controls.
Looks like we’ll see the Giulia Quadrifoglio in the US sometime in mid-2016. We’re guessing you’re excited; so are we.
Tell us in the comments – what do YOU think of the Giulia Quadrifoglio?