New Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo is taking the fight to brands like BMW and Mercedes with the Giulia, its all-new sports sedan. The car packs more power than rival vehicles, thanks to the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine from Maserati, which pumps out an impressive 510 horsepower. That’s an impressive figure, eclipsing the BMW M3’s output by 85 horsepower, while using an engine that has the same displacement. On top of that, early video of the sedan has revealed that the Giulia has a wicked sound that is sure to make lesser cars quiver with fear.
Not only does the Alfa Romeo Giulia deliver when it comes to horsepower figures and vicious sounds, it also comes out on top for acceleration. The Italian car can dash from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds, which outdoes any other vehicle in its class. The Mercedes AMG C63 S does the same in 4 seconds, while it takes the BMW M3 4.1 seconds.
Car enthusiasts should be especially enthusiastic about the Giulia since Alfa Romeo obviously designed the vehicle for people who love to really drive. Only rear-wheel drive will be available on the performance sedan. A manual transmission will be standard, with no automatic offered.
Handling should be nothing less than incredible with the new car. Alfa Romeo used carbon fiber for the hood and roof, keeping the curb weight down. That helps boost not only handling, but also braking and acceleration. The automaker claims that the new model will also have perfect weight distribution, an attribute that has made its other vehicles incredible performers not only on roads, but also around racetracks.
Technology is also front-and-center on the Giulia. The Torque Vectoring system comes with a double clutch, an innovation that means the rear differential can send a different amount of torque to each of the wheels, which makes for better overall traction when grip on a road or track’s surface isn’t ideal. The design also means that the stability control system doesn’t have to get in the way of the driver nearly as much as many modern cars, making for a purer experience behind the wheel.
The electromechanical brake system features a servo brake like what’s traditionally found in cars, teaming it up with stability control. The setup provides lightning-quick brake response that can pretty much take a person’s breath away. Alfa Romeo also says the technology allows the Giulia to stop in record-breaking distances, giving the driver superior control.
Drivers can also use the new Alfa system to tweak the dynamic behavior of the car. The available settings include Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (for high energy efficiency operation) and Racing (for top performance capabilities).
To develop the new model, Alfa Romeo put a team of engineers, stylists and designers on a project to create a completely new rear-wheel-/all-wheel-drive platform that’s dubbed Giorgio. A considerable amount of work went into the process.
The reveal of the Giulia was done in high fashion by Alfa Romeo. The Italian automaker hosted the event at its own museum in Arese, Italy, which is situated outside of Mulan. The setting was appropriately classy, considering that the new car looks incredible. Alfa Romeo has departed from the tired designs that competing companies have rehashed over and over, striking out in an exciting and fresh direction.
United States car shoppers will be able to start purchasing the Alfa Romeo Giulia starting about the second quarter of 2016. It will help launch a new onslaught of models from the Italian automaker, which will include an SUV in 2017 and a full-size sedan later in the same year.