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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Fails To Complete Track Test: Video

Alfa Romeos bring with them a certain set of connotations. Car lovers see Alfas as beautifully designed machines, with delicious curves front to back. The performance and handling are inspiring, thrilling with engaging dynamics and a soulful exhaust note. But it’s not all good – Alfas also have a tendency to, well break down, and unfortunately, it was this final association that was on display when our friends over at PistonHeads brought one to the track for a three-way sports sedan showdown.

Here’s the set-up: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3 Comp Pack, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. A trio of four-door performance machines boasting good looks, opulent interiors, and more than a little gusto under the hood. This is a segment typically dominated by German makes like the two listed above, but Alfa recently decided to challenge the status quo by introducing the 505-horsepower Giulia QF, inspiring enthusiasts the world over to proclaim the return of one of the world’s greatest performance brands. Thing is, to finish first, you must first finish, as they say.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce UK Pricing and Specs

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The Giulia’s range in the United Kingdom is getting expanded further with the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year. Known as the Ti model in America, the Veloce sits snuggly between the base model and the range-topping QV, offering a nice blend of performance and efficiency wrapped in a hugely desirable package. 

Powering the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 280hp and a maximum torque of 400Nm which enables the sports sedan to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph. It is clever too, what with a “2-in-1” turbocharger system and direct injection, and MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system. That’s how it manages to return 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 141g/km CO2.

Prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce starts from £37,935 OTR for which you get a good amount of standard kit including front & rear parking sensors, headlamp washers and upgraded braking system, dual-zone climate control, Alfa DNA driving mode selector and 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, plus safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Integrated Braking System (IBS) and cruise control with speed limiter.

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PostHeaderIcon A Tuning Company has Managed to Get more than 600 Ponies out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio

The addition of computers into computers has made it increasingly easy for manufacturers to control an engine’s power output. Most of the time, manufacturers keep engine tunes toned down for reliability and longevity, but other times the same process is used to tone down the engine in one trim while allowing it to be more powerful in another – one prime example of this is the Infiniti Q50 3.0t and the Q50 Red Sport 400. Both use the same 3.0-liter, but the Red Sport 400 delivers an extra 100 ponies. Well, tuning firm Pogea Racing GmbH has unlocked the potential of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and managed to squeeze out a staggering 604 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 94 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of pavement-chewing torque.

The best part is that the tuning firm managed to do so without adding on any aftermarket parts – it’s all computer tuning. There’s no word as to reliability issues down the road, but some express concern for the increased output per liter from the 2.9-liter V-6 that motivates this Italian beauty. In stock form, that 2.9-liter manages to pump out 174 horsepower per liter, but with the engine putting out 208 horsepower per liter, there could be a strain on internal components, as they may not have been designed to accommodate quite so much power.

The tuning firm seems to be confident that it could produce as much as 690 horsepower with tuning, but in the Instagram post announcing the 604-pony tune, it said that the 604 horsepower and 553 pound-foot output seems to be the limit of the car’s hardware. That means that going any higher would likely require a reworking of the engine heads and lower end, and could potentially be rough on the transmission as well. Either way, one of the hashtags included with the post were #700pssoon (700ps s about 690 ponies), so it’s quite possible the tuning firm will eventually add in some reworked internal components. If so, who knows how much power the 2.9-liter could make if built with strong enough components.

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PostHeaderIcon Don't Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

You can tell that Alfa Romeo is in a good place when the problems it’s having involves deciding between two models that are going to be received well by the public. Apparently, that’s the predicament the Italian automaker finds itself in with the Giulia Sportwagon variant and a report from Car Magazine reveals that the Italian automaker is dropping plans to build the wagon variant of the Giulia because it wants to focus its attention on the Stelvio SUV.

Speaking with the news outlet, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla explained that the Giulia Sportwagon, while appealing for a number of different reasons, wouldn’t make sense since the Stelvio already captures a lot of the features and capabilities that the Giulia Sportwagon would have had in case Alfa Romeo decided to green light it. In his own words, Altavilla added that the Stelvio “can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the [Giulia Sportwagon].”

While there is some point to Altavilla’s explanation, it’s still a little surprising that Alfa Romeo would do anything to quell the momentum that the Giulia has generated since it was launched in 2016. The positive reception of the sedan reignited interest in the once-struggling Italian brand and the momentum has swelled to the point that we’re now in line to see the Giulia Sprint, a two-door coupe variant that’s expected to compete against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and Audi RS5. Adding a Sportwagon variant would have helped round out the Giulia family as that model would have been able to directly line up against the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate and compete against those variants independently.

Turns out, we’re not going to see that anymore because Alfa Romeo isn’t even going to cross that bridge. Again, the explanation behind the decision to drop the Giulia Sportwagon makes a lot of sense at the moment. Let’s just hope that for Alfa’s sake, it won’t come back and bite them in the future.

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PostHeaderIcon How Would You Configure Your Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

The original Alfa Romeo Giulia was a boxy little car that was on the market from 1962 to 1978. It took 37 years, and a lot of rumors, but in 2015 Alfa Romeo revived the Giulia name and used it for the first model in its strategic plan to save the Alfa Romeo brand. And the Giulia is a pretty big deal, as it’s not only the revival of an iconic car, but is also the first rear-wheel drive model from the Italian brand since the Milano met its demise back in 1992. As a competitor to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, a standard model just wasn’t enough, so Alfa created the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio to compete with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, among others. Now, Alfa Romeo has brought the Giulia Quadrifoglio to its online configurator so you can make your own custom sedan to drool over until you’re ready to pony up the dough it takes to park one in your driveway.

But, before we get too far into things, don’t expect to see an elaborate amount of options. In fact, there aren’t that many options to choose from at all. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Giulia Quadrifoglio already comes equipped pretty damn well in standard form, but if you’re like me, you want the absolute best you can get out of a new car. And, that’s exactly how I configured my Giulia Quadrifoglio.

I was initially shooting for a price that topped $100,000, but the options just aren’t there. I did, however, manage to get a sticker price of $87,670 after everything’s said and done, so let’s take a look at a good look at the options I chose.


PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo's Lineup Of Models Is Growing Fast

Confidence is a very empowering feeling and apparently, the confidence is running high over at Alfa Romeo over the recent success experienced by the automaker’s two new models, the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Now it appears that the company is turning to a new model that it plans to unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. According to Motoring Australia, that model is tipped to be a coupe version of the Giulia that will specifically be christened as the Giulia Sprint.

Not much is known about the Giulia Sprint at this point, but the physical makeup of car – the fact that it’s going to be a two-door version of the mid-size Giulia – points to it being developed as Alfa Romeo’s answer to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, Mercedes C-Class Coupe, and the Audi A5 Coupe. Likewise, the same report indicates that the Giulia Sprint will spawn its own convertible version with the possibility of that model being named the Giulia Spider.

Likewise, no mention was made on what kind of powertrain the Giulia Sprint is going to get, but considering that it’s going to carry the “Giulia” name, the smart money’s on the coupe version getting the same engine lineup as the sedan. That would include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.2-liter diesel engine, and a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s currently powering the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio. Should that come to fruition, the Giulia Sprint QV will slot in nicely opposite models like the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe, and the Audi RS5.

The introduction of the Giulia Sprint would mark the next step in Alfa Romeo’s ambitious plan to launch eight models based on its Giorgio platform by 2020. The Giulia Sprint would represent the third of those eight models, which in turn would be followed by a rear-drive replacement for the existing Giulietta hatchback, one of the last vestiges of the old era that the company is motivated to leave behind.

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PostHeaderIcon The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

There once was a point when the auto industry could go through an entire cycle of years without Alfa Romeo being mentioned. Part of the Italian automaker’s obscurity can be attributed to the fact that it had no models to stand its legs on. But now, that has changed with the arrival of the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, two models that Alfa Romeo has high hopes for. You might even say that the company’s future could depend on how successful these two models are. In lieu of that, it’s equally important to know that both the Giulia and the Stelvio, despite coming in two different sizes, are more alike than you think.

From the design to the engines, both the Giulia and Stelvio rely on a number of shared qualities that could help propel Alfa Romeo to a more prosperous future or sink the automaker further down into the abyss of irrelevancy. Go ahead and check out what these similarities are.

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PostHeaderIcon Is America Getting Another Variant Of The Alfa Romeo Giulia?

There once was a time when Alfa Romeo’s presence in the North American market consisted of nothing more than wayward dreams and nonexistent aspirations. Times sure have changed because the beleaguered Italian marque is making a headstrong push towards relevancy in the U.S., and at the heart of this push is the well-received Giulia sedan.

Right now, the Giulia comes in two forms here in this region. There’s the entry level, 280-horsepower, Ti version and then there’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its menacing 505-horsepower capabilities. But what if neither variant suits you? Is there a mid-tier variant that can bridge the gap between the two models? Well, if documents obtained by Auto Evolution come to fruition, we could very well see a new version of the Giulia hit the U.S., one that will carry a more potent output of 350 horsepower, enough to bridge the 225-horsepower gap between the Ti and the Quadrifoglio. Some might say it’s actually more like a canyon-sized gulf.

The table’s been set for the 350-horsepower Giulia to make a significant impression on the U.S. market, especially if the Ti and Quadrifoglio variants live up to the hype they’ve been generating. It’s also possible that the 350-horsepower will carry the “Veloce” name, which is already being used by Alfa Romeo in the European markets to denote a more luxurious trim level sans any performance upgrades. It’s admittedly confusing to get two market-specific Giulia Veloce variants with different power outputs, but it’s excusable if you’re a company that’s looking to make some serious headway in one of those regions.

Obviously, a U.S.-spec Giulia Veloce isn’t a sure thing until Alfa Romeo says it is. But this report is nevertheless exciting to hear, especially for fans of the Italian brand who have long waited for it to once again become a major player in the U.S. market.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Driven

It would be a gross understatement to say Alfa Romeo has traveled a rough road on its way to the United States – a place where it hasn’t been since 1995, and even then with sales slower than snail snot. It appears things are turning around for Alfa, though, as its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is pushing the Italian brand headlong into the U.S. Alfa Romeo has already seen success with its niche market 4C coupe and Spider, but FCA is aiming for mass-market appeal. Spearheading the movement is the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio – a twin-turbocharged supercar killer based on the four-door Giulia.

Alfa Romeo is making its grand entrance with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, otherwise called the Giulia QV. Rather than introducing the high-powered variant after the high-volume sedan, Alfa is putting its best foot forward. The Giulia QV is hitting dealerships early in 2017 while the standard Giulia sedan arrives a bit later. Alfa is currently expanding its nationwide dealership network from roughly 86 in 2014 to more than 200 by early 2017. The stand-alone showrooms and service centers will carry both Alfa Romeo and Fiat brands.

The Giulia QV already has a bold reputation. It posted a Nürburgring lap time of 7:32:00, placing it in the same category as cars like the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (7:29:60), the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R (7:32:19), and the outrageous Koenigsegg CCX (7:33:55). The QV also boasts a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. Its extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber give it an astonishingly light curb weight of roughly 3,600 pounds. An active front spoiler lip helps the big six-piston Brembo brakes slow the car from high speeds.

Best of all, the QV is still a five-seater sedan with a trunk. It runs on the conventional premium fuel found at the corner gas station, runs on common Pirelli P Zero tires, and can be had for $73,500. That’s not a bad deal for an Italian sports car with such a pedigree as this.

Undoubtedly Alfa Romeo wants the Giulia Quadrifoglio to do extremely well in the U.S. – so much so they loaned me an example for a week. I treated it like a daily driver when the wife and kid were riding, and like a go-kart when empty. I am pleased to give you my thoughts below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Quick Look: Drive Modes

Mood swings in people aren’t fun to deal with, especially when emotions vary to a large degree. Mood swings in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio are quite the opposite, giving the high-performance sports sedan a split personality that would make Dr. Jekyll envious. For the Giulia, the personality quirk is buried in its DNA – or rather Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency settings found on the rotary dial affixed to the center console. Yes, the Alfa has multiple personalities; that much is true. But to call it a personality disorder would be a great misdiagnosis.

See, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio uses this dial to call into action four wildly different driving modes, each with a particular feel and purpose. Each setting changes parameters like the steering and throttle response, transmission shift points, adaptive suspension, and the traction control system.

D, or Dynamic mode puts the car into a high-strung state with a firm suspension, itchy throttle, touchy brakes, heavily weighted steering, and a more boisterous exhaust note. This is preferred setting for spirited, on-road driving.

N, or Natural mode offers a more relaxed driving experience. Driver inputs are not as answered with lightening fast responses, but rather something equiviant to the speed of sound. Make no mistake, Natural mode is still taught, but not as direct as Dynamic. Nevertheless, this is the setting you’ll choose when driving grandma to bingo night.

A, or Advanced Efficiency takes Natural mode and combines it with cylinder deactivation. Yes, Alfa (with plenty of help from Ferrari) included the fuel-saving feature in this 2.9-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers and all-aluminum construction. The result is a smooth, nearly imperceptible transition from V-6 to V-4 modes when not under load. Aside from cylinder deactivation, the V-6 also uses an auto start/stop system to help conserve fuel at red lights. This is active in all DNA modes. The system is defeatable should you not prefer the engine cutting out while waiting on a green light.

But then there’s a fourth mode – Race. This mode activates an overboost function with the engine, enabling an increased torque limit. It also maximizes throttle response, while braking, steering, transmission, and suspension settings carry over from Dynamic mode. The traction control and stability control systems are fully switched off, making the car completely nanny-free.

Race mode is only recommended for on-track use with an experienced driver. Sadly, there is no in-between setting for the nannies – its either all or nothing. The DNA system also has another trick up its sleeve. The center button allows the suspension to enter “soft” mode, even when Dynamic or Race modes are selected.

Just like personality disorders found in people, Dr. Jekyll isn’t the only case of multiple personalities. The same holds true with the Alfa. The Giulia Quadrifoglio isn’t the first car with drive modes, but its particular system is certainly a standout in the compact sport sedan segment, just like the fictitious story of Dr. Jekyll some 130 years after it was penned.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Quick Look: Brakes

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is undoubtedly in a league of its own. This high-performance sedan enjoys an exceptionally light curb weight, a 505-horsepower V-6 with twin turbos, carbon fiber body parts, and a racing heritage that would make any historian proud.

Now as Alfa Romeo makes its long-awaited come-back into the U.S. for the 2017 model year, we got the privilege of spending a week with an early model Giulia Quadrifoglio – even before dealership had access. For those who might not know, the Giulia is Alfa’s compact sedan contender, competing against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Quadrifoglio designation is revered in racing legend as the premium performance model. Think of Quadrifoglio as Alfa’s version of the M division or AMG outfit.

Back story aside, we had plenty to discover with the Giulia Quadrifoglio. One of the biggest stand-outs during our week-long press loan was the brakes. However, not for a particularly good reason. Our tester came fitted with the standard Brembo brakes rather than the optional carbon ceramics. These big Brembos feature 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors. Both are clamped with four-piston aluminum monoblock calipers. Cross-drilled holes help keep the high-performance pads in contact with the rotor, while helping dissipate heat.

When it comes to stopping hard from speed, the Brembos work amazingly. The Quadrifoglio holds straight as an arrow with almost no nosedive. The Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, measuring 245/35ZR19 up front and 285/30ZR19 in back, are extremely sticky and prevent squirming or skidding. The ABS only activates should there be any loose pebbles or dirt on the road surface. The possibility of experiencing fade on public roads is a joke. And with a confirmed lap time around the Nürburgring of 7:32, it’s a sure bet even the Green Hell couldn’t induce the debilitating reduction in braking power. (Though admittedly, Alfa surely used the optional carbon ceramic bakes for the ‘Ring.)

However, there’s a price to pay. The Brembos are rather touchy around town. The brake pedal has a surprisingly short range of motion. A quick check with a measuring tape showed only 1.5 inches through the travel. This leads to a sensitive pedal that is hard to smoothly modulate at low speeds, especially when stuck in traffic. Despite the most careful of tries, the car produces a head-bobbing stop nearly every time. Brake feel and the ability to modulate the pedal is perfectly fine at highway speeds, however.

This is only a chink in the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s impressive armor and could be considered nit-picky by some. Other owners might not be so forgiving.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Slots Nicely Between The Base And Quadrifoglio Variants

With so many models debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it’s easy for something like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to get lost in the shuffle. But as a fan of the hatchback, I’m not going to let this moment pass without at least acknowledging something that Alfa Romeo did right for a change.

The truth is, the Giulia is probably Alfa’s best chance at making an impression in the market. The 4C, as awesome as I thought it was, has been a massive disappointment for the company. The Mito has barely made a blip and the Stelvio SUV is still a few years away from arriving. So the Giulia is really what Alfa Romeo has going for it, and the more variants it has, the better the automaker is for it.

That’s where the Giulia Veloce comes into the picture. As the mid-range model slotted between the base Giulia and the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Giulia Veloce finds itself in a place that can appeal to those who want more power out of their Giulias but don’t necessarily have the inclination or the money to afford the Giulia QV. The Giulia Veloce even holds its own in the power department, thanks to a pair of engines options, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Refinements on the exterior and interior of the sedan round out the features of the Giulia Veloce.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce isn’t the most important car to hit Paris, but it sure is that and more for Alfa Romeo.

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PostHeaderIcon Sunday Times' Driving Section Experiences Issues With Alfa Romeo Giulia

To say that the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is an important car for Alfa Romeo would be like saying Stephen Curry can shoot the basketball. It’s plainly obvious that a lot is riding on the Giuila to be as successful as Alfa hopes it would be. It’s a sobering reminder of the Italian automaker’s place in the automotive hierarchy and if a recent test run on the car done by the Sunday Times’ Driving section is any indication, Alfa Romeo still has some work to do with the Giulia.

According to Driving’s James Mills, a handful of the Giulia models present suffered technical difficulties, including two cars with malfunctioning infotainment systems and another plagued with jammed parking sensors. The supposed issues aren’t the kind of developments that Alfa Romeo would’ve liked to receive, not when so much is at stake for the company. They’re disconcerting to say the least, especially the ones involving the malfunctioning sensors. When asked about the problems, Wester indicated that the problems could be tied to the car’s computer system, which is apparently a lot more complicated than our feeble minds could comprehend.

It’s a sensible explanation and the whole episode could be attributed to just plain bad luck. Beside, as worrisome as these issues are, the Italian automaker still deserves a lot of credit for heavily investing on the car and seeing to it that some of those investments appear to be promising. It’s not a cheaply thrown together car by any means. The exterior looks every bit as an Alfa should look, right down to the triangle grille and the sculpted body lines. The interior looks spiffy and comfortable.

It’s not doom and gloom yet for Alfa Romeo, but none of the positive things about the Giulia can escape the bigger reality that the company isn’t playing with any house money here. The Giulia is the house, and if it goes down, Alfa could very well go down with it. Bad luck or not, it’s incumbent upon the automaker to get these issues sorted out as soon as possible.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia To Get Autopilot Technology

Add Alfa Romeo to the list of automakers jumping into the autonomous driving bandwagon. Alfa and Maserati boss Harald Wester said as much in a recent conversation with Autocar. According to Wester, an Autopilot system in the vein of what Tesla is using on the Model S is currently being developed for the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

It figures that the Italian automaker would use the Giulia as the first model to get dibs on autonomous driving. Alfa has made it known that the Giulia is the measuring stick that will determine whether the Italian automaker returns to its once prominent status. Installing an autopilot system on the compact car should go a long way in adding some much-needed appeal to the model.

Wester didn’t pin down a specific timetable on when the Giulia would get the autopilot feature, but he did mention that there was an emphasis to establish the compact car with the technology despite the lengthier timetable of 2024 that parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has set to get its entire company up to speed with full autonomous technology.

That’s how important the Giulia is to Alfa Romeo and, by extension, FCA. The current trend of the industry also lends further credence to the significance of autonomous driving, especially for an urban car like the Giulia. Wester himself admitted that despite public reservations on how a tech like autonomous driving would ruin the driver-oriented image of Alfa, it’s something that the company can ill afford to get left behind in. “We all know the situation, whether you live in London or Milan,” the Alfa boss told Autocar. “You go to work in the morning and very quickly you find yourself in a sequence of stopping and starting, and it is a real waste of time and energy. In the future we will start to give you that time back so you can spend it better.”

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Joins Italian Police Fleet

One thing this world doesn’t have is a shortage of Italian performance cars that have been turned into police vehicles. This includes nearly the entire Lamborghini lineup, including the Huracán LP610-4 Polizia, Lamborghini Aventador Polizia, and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia. Maserati has also gotten in on the action with the Maserati GranCabrio Politie, and don’t forget about Ferrari’s FF Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball Edition. Now, Alfa Romeo joins the ranks with the Giulia QV Caraninieri.

So, big deal – it’s just another sporty Italian cop car, right? Well not really, because this car probably won’t be pulling anybody over anytime soon. The whole purpose of these new Giulia QV police car is to transport things like organs or blood for medical emergencies, and it will also serve as a ceremonial escort car for the police department. So, if you see one of these bad boys hauling ass towards you, don’t worry; it’s probably not coming for you – well unless you need a kidney anyway.

Despite the fact that it won’t be used to chase down criminals like some of the other Italian beasts turned police cruisers, it has still been fitted with all the goodies of other police cars. Inside the car is equipped with the necessary radios, LED flashlights, computer system, and even a portable defibrillator. On the outside it has the standard police department markings, including the “Carabinieri” decal across the side, and that light bar on top that we all hate to see so much.

Alfa Romeo didn’t mention whether or not the car is equipped with an up-rated engine or other things to give it an edge, but it’s not all that important. In stock form, the twin-turbo V-6 delivers a shocking 505 horsepower. That’s enough to get Giulia up to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, so just in case one does try to pull you over, you might want to stop. It will probably catch you if you don’t.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia Range Detailed

Alfa Romeo Giulia Range-0

So as the new Alfa Romeo Giulia goes on display at the Geneva Motor Show as possibly the most important product in the car maker’s history, FCA released the details and specs of the entire range. So far we’ve only seen the high-performance QV version, but the Giulia also comes with a 2.0 liter petrol and a 2.2 liter diesel engine.

The “Termoli” version of the extremely beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia is powered by a 2.0 liter Turbo Petrol Engine featuring MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve actuators, a 2-in-1 turbocharger and 200-bar direct injection for a total output of 200hp and 330Nm of torque. Then we have the “Pratola Serra” with a 2.2 liter Turbo Diesel Engine equipped with MultiJet II injection system with Injection Rate Shaping (IRS) and variable geometry turbocharger, available in two 150hp/380Nm and 180hp/450Nm versions.

Alfa Romeo Giulia also benefits from a range of advanced technology features including Integrated Brake System (IBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian detection. You also get AlfaLink suspension, DNA driving modes and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Inside, and depending on the trim level, you get either a 3.5-inch or a 7-inch colour instrument display and 8.8-inch Connect Nav 3D system with smartphone integration, DAB digital radio and Hi-Fi digital audio. An optional Sound Theatre by Harman Kardon system is also available.

Also available as optional extras are Luxury Pack and the Sport Pack. The Luxury Pack includes full-grain leather upholstery for the seats, including power adjustable front seats with heaters, real wood interior detailing, chrome-effect exterior window trim and Xenon 35W headlights with AFS, while the Sport Pack adds a sports steering wheel, aluminium interior trim and Xenon headlights.

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo did work backward when it came to the new Giulia Sedan. It threw its top performer, the Giulia Quadrifoglio into the mix first, showcasing its beautiful looks and 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6. But, there’s more to the Giulia than that. See, the Giulia is sort of like Alfa Romeo’s rebirth here in America, kicking off the introduction of several all-new models that will join the tiny, but fun 4C Coupe and 4C Spider. Alfa didn’t waste any time debuting the rest of the Giulia lineup, which means you don’t have to pay for the range-topping model unless you really want to. Outside of the Quadrifoglio model, the Giulia is available in two other guises: the entry-level model and the Giulia Ti. As far as the non-Quadrifoglio versions go, you get a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder that delivers a cool 280 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. Other standard features include a seven-inch infotainment system, LED exterior lighting, dual exhaust, and can be had with all-wheel drive for a small premium.

The Giulia is set to go on sale here in the U.S. for the 2017 model year and is focused around the driver. Reid Bigland, the Head of Alfa Romeo, said, The all-new Giulia is the result of our 105 years of passion for Italian style, craftsmanship, and performance. Crafted in Italy, the Giulia lineup sets an entirely new benchmark for the segment as the world’s fastest four-door production sedan, featuring class-leading engines, an all-new exclusive architecture, stunning design and state-of-the-art technology.

And, he’s absolutely right. This is one of those cars that is clearly living up to the hype created over the past couple of years. It’s affordable, stylish, and ready to take on the competition. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s have a better look at the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia.


PostHeaderIcon Blue Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Filmed Up Close

Alfa Romeo Giulia-blue

Luxembourg-based luxury car dealership Autopolis has just taken delivery of a brand-new Alfa Romeo Giulia QV (Quadrifoglio) in a col navy blue paint job. Fortunately the carparazzi was there when they were unloading the car from the truck, and they have captured this walk-around video of the car for your viewing pleasure. 

Besides offering a good look at the exterior features of this Alfa Romeo Giulia QV and its unique color, the video also shows shots of the interior and samples of the car’s exhaust noise:

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Specs:

  • Engine: All-aluminum direct injection 90-degree 2.9-liter V6 Bi-Turbo
  • Power: 505 horsepower
  • Torque 443 lb-ft @ 2500-5500 rpm
  • Top Speed: 191 mph
  • 0 to 60 mph: 3.8 seconds
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Chassis: Rear-wheel drive
  • Layout: Longitudinal front engine RWD
  • Construction: Unitized steel body with carbon fiber roof and hood
  • Front Suspension: Double wishbone with semi-virtual steering axle
  • Rear Suspension: AlfaLink design with vertical rod
  • High-Performance Brembo Brake System
  • Six-piston front & four-piston rear aluminum monoblock calipers
  • Brembo Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) Optional

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PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giorgio Could be Giulia’s Brother!

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The world is waiting for the Alfa Romeo Giulia to finally hit the streets and show us what it’s really made of. But the wait is long and people are getting bored. One of these bored guys was designer Theophilus Chin. But he could actually do something about it, so he penned a brother for the Giulia, the bigger, more aggressive Alfa Romeo Giorgio.

Now, Alfa Romeo Giorgio is a completely fantastical car, a flight fancy exiting only in Chin’s mind and computer. But if someday Alfa decides to create a larger version of the Giulia – which, given the buzz it has created and the success it is expected to meet with in the market, is not out of the question – it could end up looking like this.

Chin has created his Alfa Romeo Giorgio by merging the design features of the Giulia with the body of Maserati Ghibli. Naturally, he’s gone for the Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) version which is the high-performance variant that comes with active aero and large wheels. The end result is breathtakingly beautiful and a worthy rival for the likes of BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG.

If we were to speculate on the sort of engine the Giorgio, or whatever Alfa wants to call Giulia’s sibling, we would expect a Ferrari-tuned V8, which would mean they could use one of Maserati’s engines.

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Renderings by Theophilus Chin

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