Alfa Romeo Giulia details revealed



The all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is nearly here, and it’s cruisin’ for a bruisin’. The headlines are compelling. A twin-turbo 377kW (505hp) V6 engine with 601Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, 0-100kmh (60mph) in just 3.8 seconds, a 307kmh (191mph) top speed and a scorching Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 39 seconds. The fastest ever four-door production sedan in the world. The Germans must be worried.


As the figures above suggest, the most impressive component of the Giulia Quadrifoglio is its powerplant. The Ferrari-derived twin-turbo 2.9L V6 is the most powerful engine Alfa Romeo has ever fitted to a production car and promises a nice, fat 601Nm (443lb-ft) torque band from 2,500 all the way up to 5,000rpm. All of this will be sent to the 19-inch rear wheels through a short throw six-speed manual transmission, via a carbon fibre drive-shaft. The 3.8-second 0-60 time provided by Alfa Romeo is undoubtedly impressive, but I suspect it would be even quicker with all-wheel drive.


I’m sure Alfa Romeo have their reasons for leaving it rear-wheel drive, perhaps for the weight-saving benefits or for better cornering balance, but the Giulia Quadrifoglio also has a bunch of features to help improve grip. It features an active front splitter controlled by two electronic actuators, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, plus a torque-vectoring limited-slip differential and adaptive damping. There’s also Brembo four-pot calipers on all four corners, with an optional carbon ceramic brake disc option available which also includes an upgrade to six-piston Brembos at the front.


The Giulia Quadrifoglio promises to offer a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 3.2kg (7lbs) per horsepower, a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution and extensive use of lightweight materials. This includes a carbon fibre bonnet and roof, plus aluminium doors and guards.


There’s also going to be a few models sitting below the Giulia Quadrifoglio, all powered by a less powerful 205kW (276hp) turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Alfa Romeo has promised all-wheel drive models will also be available, though at this stage it won’t be optional on the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio.


Inside you’ll find a driver-focused cockpit, with liberal use of leather and Alcantara and plenty of carbon fibre, aluminium and accent stitching thrown into the mix. A thick-rim profile ‘Formula-1 inspired’ steering wheel sits in front of a full-colour 7-inch driver information display cluster, straddled by two large white-on-black face analog gauges. In the centre of the dash there’s also Alfa Romeo’s new ‘3D Navigation system’, which features a high-resolution 8.8-inch widescreen display with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3D navigation which is operated by a rotary pad controller located behind the gear shifter.


As you’d expect, a car this good looking and this quick won’t be cheap. Prices are expected to kick off from around US$70,000 when the Giulia Quadrifoglio launches globally early next year.

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sean has loved cars his entire life. At 21 he launched the popular 80’s Falcon forum, then at 24 created, one of the most popular Top Gear fansites in the world.