Alfa Romeo today unveiled the new Giulia. And it looks fantastic.
Having completely lost its grip over the last few years (the current range comprises just three models) Alfa has today come storming back with the Giulia as well as a brand new logo to mark the change.
The Giulia is distinctive in every sense of the word. Visually it evolves Alfa’s design language into something more aggressive, taut and perfectly in tune with the expectations of premium saloon buyers (we can see hints of Jaguar, BMW and Infiniti).
In their day the 156 and 159 were amongst the most beautiful cars available; Giulia doesn’t possess quite the same beauty but anything it may lack in delicacy is more than made up for in aggression.
Like Alfas of old, the new Giulia is rear (or four) wheel drive. Drivetrain components have been moved towards the rear to offer a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and with the longest wheelbase in its segment there will be excellent legroom and improved stability.
Alfa describe the interior design as crisp and fuss-free, with a small steering wheel holding the main controls. On the centre tunnel are two knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector and the infotainment system. Carbon fibre and real wood are used throughout.
Although Alfa hasn’t released any interior pictures yet, two CAD shots have been leaked online which show the interior to be very much as one would expect: the air vents and deeply shrouded instruments are pure Alfa, and overall we see an extremely minimalist and attractive environment.
The car will naturally be offered with a range of engines but at the moment Alfa is concentrating on the top of the range Quadrifoglio with a Ferrari-tuned V6 turbo petrol unit at its heart, delivering 510hp and giving a 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds.
Yes, Alfa is back.
The engine will of course need to be compliant with latest legislation for which it has electronically controlled cylinder deactivation and is made entirely (apparently) from aluminium.
Listening to it on the video it certainly sounds fabulous.
Giulia possesses an impressive arsenal of technology including sophisticated multi link suspension, electronic dampers, a semi-virtual steering axis which improves stability and precision particularly at high speed.
Innovative electronics include Torque Vectoring, an Integrated Braking System incorporating stability control and a front active splitter on the Quadrifoglio.
Alfa proudly announce that ‘It was… determined that electronics should only be used to improve the driving experience’. This is certainly a departure from Alfas of old.
156esque headlight signature and side swage echoing the 90s GTV
The power to weight ratio of under 3kg per hp is achieved with carbon fibre prop shaft, bonnet, roof and seat frames and aluminium engine, suspension, subframes, wings, doors and brake callipers with carbon ceramic discs. Giulia has the best torsional rigidity in its class.
The whole package comes together to prove that Alfa is finally serious about producing a class-leading car. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has promised that the Giulia is one of eight new Fiat Chrysler models to be launched by 2018.
Now if there was a Lancia badge in there, the world would be perfect again, but in the meantime the Giulia Quadrifoglio should keep us very happy indeed.