Alfa Romeo is bringing sexy back to the sport sedan market with the 2017 Giulia and especially the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde, which made its world debut recently at the company’s museum in Milan, Italy.
With Alfa reentering the U.S. market after almost a 20 year hiatus, the new Giulia will play a major role in establishing the company’s position in the U.S. among all competitors in the luxury sport sedan market.
Throughout automotive history, Alfa Romeos are known for being a design masterpiece and the Giulia continues the company’s tradition. While I was not there to see the car in person, these press images do validate the vehicle’s sheer sexiness.
The front is dominated by the legendary Alfa Romeo grille and it is surrounded by the all-LED headlamps. The lower air dam adds more drama and aggressiveness to the front fascia and results in a very menacing scowl which should intimidate other vehicles in front of it.
The side of the Giulia looks like a combination of the BMW 3 Series and the Maserati Ghibli. This particular car sports the Quadrifoglio Verde emblem, indicating this model is the top dog in the Giulia range.
The rear fascia clearly resembles that of the Maserati Ghibli, thanks in part to the deep center diffusers and the huge quad exhaust tips. To balance the down-force between the front and back, the deck lid features a subtle spoiler, which adds to the overall aggressiveness of the vehicle too.
Overall, you should’t have issues spotting the Giulia in the wild, but I am sure that excessive drooling will be something you will have a hard time controlling.
At the launch, Alfa Romeo officials only debuted the top-dog Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. I know that it will feature a 3.0 L “Ferrari Technology Inspired” twin-turbo V6 with 503 horsepower. The power will be sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.
The chassis is mostly new, but it shares certain under-body components with the Ghibli. The platform is based on a rear-wheel-drive architecture, but all-wheel-drive will be an option on less powerful Giulia models.
Around the bends, the Giulia QV should be a blast to drive thanks to its standard torque vectoring rear differential and active aero splitter.
The suspension is all aluminum and features an extremely sophisticated double wishbone front set up with the traditional multi-like setup out back.
The brakes on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde are carbon ceramic rotors on all four corners. The wheels are 19-in alloys and wrapped with specially designed Pirelli P Zero Corsas for Alfa Romeo. They measure 245/35R19 up front and 285/30R19 out back.
Alfa engineers estimate that the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde will accelerate to 62 mph from 0 in 3.9 seconds.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde is loosely based on the Maserati Ghibli and features many of its mechanical and aerodynamic components.
The Giulia QV roughly weighs 3325 pounds, thanks in part to the carbon fiber roof, hood, and drive shaft. The doors, deck lid, and front fenders are made out of high-strength aluminum and the weight of the Giulia is evenly split on both axles.
At launch, Alfa officials did not provide any images of the interior, but it should be similar to that of the 4C coupe or even the Ghibli, but with more carbon fiber and brushed aluminum trim throughout the cabin.
Alfa Romeo officials did not provide any information on this or what engines will be powering the non-QV Giulia models. However, if you look at the Maserati Ghibli, expect similar drive trains which include an entry-level turbo 4-cylinder engine, a diesel V6, and a mid-range naturally-aspirated V6 with either rear or all-wheel-drive.
Word is that order books for the Alfa Romeo Giulia will open sometime in Spring 2016 and cars should be arriving to the dealerships by mid-summer as 2017 models.
When it arrives, expect the base turbo 4-cylinder Giulia to start below the $40,000 mark.
The mid-level Giulia with naturally-aspirated gas or turbocharged diesel V6 will cost between mid $50,000 to low $60,000. The top-of-the-range Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde should cost somewhere in the low to mid $70,000 range.
In the meantime, checkout the new Giulia QV tear up a racetrack and enjoy the raspy exhaust notes.
Information, Image, and Video Source: Alfa Romeo USA