Welcome back Alfa!
"So it would appear that Alfa have ‘done it’ then."
Alfa still has the ability to produce a car embodying the spirit and sporting capability of a true Alfa Romeo.
There are no compromises either; it’s a full-on assault to reassert the true DNA of the Alfa Romeo brand.
Excited? Of course! Alfa after all has traditionally combined driving excitement in the Italian Way with accessibility. Unlike other exotic Italian brands such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini, Alfa combines inspired Italian style driving excitement with affordability, breeding, and an accomplished racing history.
In Alfa Romeo terms it’s a pleasure to be talking about these things again with the prospect of a car like the Giulia in the offing. Disappointingly to some of us in the UK we won’t be seeing a manual version of the car here as all will be equipped with an eight speed semi-automatic gearbox, but according to our colleagues in the industry who have driven it, there is no cause for disappointment as this car is a ‘stonker’ period, and a serious driver’s tool.
So it would appear that Alfa have ‘done it’ then. We suggest you get even more excited, however, for the Giulia has Ferrari DNA too. The top of the line Quadrifoglio version has a Ferrari-inspired V6 BiTurbo petrol engine constructed entirely of aluminium, delivering 510hp, 600Nm of torque, a top speed of 190mph (307km/h) combined with a 0-62mph time of only 3.9 seconds. It also has best-in-class emission levels thanks in part to its electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system.
The other engine option for the mainstream sellers are two versions of Alfa’s first all-aluminium diesel engine, one producing 150hp at 4,000rpm and 380Nm at 1,500rpm, and the other with 180hp available at 3,750rpm and 450Nm at 1,750rpm, both again combined with Alfa Romeo’s eight-speed automatic transmission as standard for RHD markets.
There are three spec options when the car goes out to market: the Giulia, Super (available with Lusso Pack and Sport Pack) and Quadrifoglio (2.9 T V6 only).
The Alfa DNA
For the enthusiast Dynamic highlights include 50/50 weight distribution across its axles, multi-link rear suspension (with an Alfa Romeo-patented solution for toe adjustment) and a new double-wishbone front suspension set up to maximize dynamic performance and enhance driving comfort. Another first for the Giulia is a new semi-virtual steering axis which optimises the filtering effect and guarantees rapid, accurate steering by keeping a constant caster trail in corners.
In the Quadrifoglio version, the use of ultra-lightweight materials extends to other components including carbon fibre for the bonnet, roof, front splitter, rear spoiler and body inserts, as well as aluminium for the doors and wings. The braking system has been tweaked using aluminium elements, while carbon ceramic brake discs and front seats with a carbon fibre structural frame can also be specified as options.
To ensure the purist nature of the Guilia, Alfa decided that technology should only be used to improve the driving experience. Key to accessing that is the Alfa DNA selector, which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection of either Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (a new energy efficiency mode) and Race (only on Giulia Quadrifoglio). These each modify the engine, suspension, steering, transmission, rear differential, instrument display, brakes, and safety and driver aids. Yes, it’s a computer on wheels. The cabin design is centred around the driver with the main controls grouped together on the small steering wheel…Ferrari style, of course.
Officially voted as the most anticipated new car of the year, the Giulia could be the Alfa that finally ruffles the feathers of the likes of the big premium brands such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar on sheer driver appeal. That remains to be seen but one thing is for sure; Alfa Romeo is back.