The Alfa Romeo Giulia is back
After the halo cars 4C and 4C Spyder arrival on the market, the Alfa Giulia unveil is the confirmation of the brands’s actual rebirth. During the event, FCA officers, have described this moment as the beginning of a new era for Alfa Romeo. And so it is. We strongly hoped it, and they actually nailed how this should been done under every aspect. The enthusiasm that hovers in the automotive related world is palpable.
What can we say about the new Giulia? Today has been unveiled the flagship Quadrifoglio Verde sport model featuring a twin turbo V6 developed jointly with the Prancing Horse brand (!). Enzo Ferrari started his career in the Reparto Corse Alfa Romeo. The collaboration, now goes on.
Bmw M3, Mercedes AMG C63 S and the recent Jaguar XE S got much more than a run for their money.
The Alfa V6 engine declares 510 hp and no turbo lag. Due to this the Giulia covers the 0-100 in only 3,9’’. But of course, as an Italian sport car, and true driver oriented Alfa Romeo, it’s not just a drag race model, the Giulia features a multi-link rear suspension and a noble double wishbones up front. The weight is 50/50 distributed and, we won’t quit mentioning it, the power is delivered by the rear wheels. Everything is targeted to deliver handling performance, cornering feeling and and tons of driving thrills. Moreover, the Giulia is said to be equipped with “the most direct steering on the market”. Good..
The official Alfa Giulia video (advice: turn on the speakers) let us know the engine sound when the Giulia gets out of the tunnel (it’s a visual metaphor of Alfa’s turn?)
The lineup will feature all aluminum petrol and Diesel 4 and 6 cylinder engines, six speed manual gearshift or automatic and of course the new Maserati derived new RWD platform codenamed “Sergio”. Maserati and Alfa CEO Harald Wester declared: “Alfa Romeo was and will be again a perfect fusion between men and machine. This is the mission”
We started talking about mechanics and performance before of the styling, because even if the car has an elegant Italian design, in the pragmatic segment D of executive sedan, there is no much room for fireworks. Styling is simply sporty and elegant with a long hood and proportions that deliver a visual idea that the weight is distributed on the rear wheels. Note: the tail lights pay homage to the beautiful Maserati Granturismo. Since the car has been engineered in Modena thanks to Maserati know-how and the two brands are now closer than ever, it is not surprising at all if there is something familiar between them.
The Skunk Works engineers.
Sergio Marchionne describes the engineers that made possible the Alfa Romeo rebirth as “heroes” that worked secretly in hidden buildings starting from a blank drawing board. (The secret location later on has been identified in Modena, not too far from Maserati).
The next Alfa models.
Today on June 24th 2015, brand’s 105th anniversary, the last 23 years of basically FWD platforms faded. Harald Wester recently declared that all new Alfa’s new models will be rear wheel driven (or AWD). The above mentioned platform has been developed to suit different models. Sergio Marchionne’s recently announced a 6 billion Dollars plan to turn Alfa Romeo marque into a consistent rival for the German before mentioned automakers that are storming the premium market. Due to this, from here to 2018 will arrive on the market an Alfa flagship full-size sedan model; a midsize Alfa SUV; a roadster/coupe model and later on warmly welcomed, a segment C hatchback RWD model, that will replace the Giulietta. Thankfully, good times are rolling.
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