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Alfa Romeo Teases Godly Giulia

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Alfa Romeo is an undoubted legend in this evolving automotive world. Considering such an illustrious history, the Milano firm has been in a deep slumber (or so we thought), with the brand struggling to keep up in this modern age of cars. Just when we thought it would fade into darkness, the brand is back, with its famous logo refreshed, and a spanking new sedan eager to stir the imagination.

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Enter the Giulia. Nothing new in the name here, with Giulias being around since the 60’s. Through the years, the Giulia name has been synonymous with a sporty sedan. Essentially, the 2016 Giulia will be picking up the mantle left behind by the 159 all those years ago. Unlike the 159, the Giulia features little borrowed parts, with Alfa Romeo choosing to build the car from scratch, barring the engine, which was sourced from Maserati, or more accurately, Ferrari. In preparation of its mid-2016 launch, the Giulia has been teased in its hottest form – Quadrifoglio, which stands for Cloverleaf. This particular variant is intended to take on the BMW M3, with Alfa leaving no stone unturned in search of driving perfection. The Giulia signifies the first of eight new Alfa Romeo models due by 2018, and will play a significant role in helping the Italian brand boost its sales to over 400,000 by the end of that year. To give you some perspective; in 2014, Alfa shifted a total of 74,000 models.

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The new Giulia’s bold design is a world away from the angular 159’s(drawing inspiration from the luscious curves of the 156), and signifies Alfa’s move away from family saloon rivals and into compact executive territory. The 159’s intricate headlamp design is replaced by large LED units that sweep round to the wheelarches. While the trademark Treofoil V-shaped grille remains, underneath are purposeful air intakes and a prominent lip spoiler. The long, kinked bonnet sweeps back to a steeply raked windscreen, while the side profile reveals a rounded window design similar to the Alfa 8C. There’s a hint of the Jaguar XE in the coupe-like rear three-quarter profile, but Alfa has made the car its own with sweeping LED tail-lights and a tidy boot spoiler. The Giulia Quadrifoglio boasts racy quad tailpipes with a gloss black surround, hinting at the raw performance of the Ferrari-derived powertrain.

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Performance-wise, the hottest Giulia offers a whopping 503hp from its 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6, putting it well ahead of the M3 and on equal standing with the bonkers Mercedes C63 AMG S. Naught to a hundred is dispatched in a brief 3.9 seconds, propelling the Giulia ahead of its German rivals. Power will be transferred via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, with both a rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive option available – a radical departure from the front-wheel-drive 156 and 159.

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Alfa are extremely proud to announce a 50:50 weight distribution, achievable through the use of lightweight materials throughout its construction, including aluminium for the wings, doors and rear crossmember, a carbon fibre bonnet and roof, and other composites throughout the car. Alfa also claims the Giulia offers best-in-class torsional rigidity. All cars get multi-link rear suspension and double front wishbones. The Quadrifoglio is said to offer 0.33hp per kilo, and we can expect even top variants to weigh around 1,500kg. Adaptive dampers and an updated DNA variable driving system are also available, but it’s unclear if base cars will receive these features.

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Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester insists that great efforts have been made to differentiate the Giulia from the dominant German compact executive crowd. He explained: “Premium brands offer the same thing. They are interchangeable. If you exaggerate, you could say they’re boring. New Alfa will put the driver back at the centre. It’ll once again become the perfect fusion of man and machine. Putting the driver at centre stage means they’re at the heart of the brand.”

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Alfa started with a blank canvas when it came to the Giulia’s interior, too. Its design is a world away from those of current(actually, not so current) Alfas: while familiar details remain in the hooded dials and chrome-ringed ventilation controls, the swooping dashboard and large central screen are new. Sporty features such as carbon fibre trim throughout and a push-to-start button mark the car out from small executive rivals. The tall centre console is a result of its rear-wheel-drive layout, which has to be one of the most exciting news we’ve received about the car.

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Other details remain scarce, leaving us much time to anticipate the launch of one of the most exciting vehicles we have seen in a decade. As usual, stay tuned for more updates on all things Giulia.

About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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