2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
A Stunning Sports Sedan Headed for America

The Giulia name (which is pronounced "Julia") not only represents the introductory vehicle that targets the Audi S4, BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C63 S, but will eventually become an entire new product line for Alfa Romeo in the U.S.

The official name of Alfa’s new sedan is Giulia, and it’s a handsome car about the size of the BMW 3-series. A storied nameplate used throughout the 1960s and ’70s, the Giulia has styling reminiscent in many ways of vehicles from BMW, Jaguar, and even cousin Maserati. The car’s rear-drive-based nature is immediately clear in the proportions, with the front wheels set far forward of the front doors, and in its aggressive stance. The design is sporty without resorting to cartoonish elements like big fender flares, and it’s also elegant without the need for chrome embellishments. The front end is unmistakably Alfa Romeo, but the brand badge has been slightly redesigned.

To keep weight down, the fenders and the doors are made of aluminum, for instance, and the hood and the roof are carbon fiber. A 50/50 weight distribution is promised, as is the best torsional rigidity in the class. Alfa is quoting a power-to-weight ratio of 6.6 pounds per horsepower for the Quadrifoglio, which translates roughly to a 3325-pound curb weight. Note: Italians often weigh their cars without fluids—or perhaps on the moon—to make them seem much lighter than they are. We’ll wait to pass out any laurels until we weigh the Giulia ourselves.

Alfa’s new rear-wheel-drive platform sits under the Giulia. The suspension uses control arms in the front and a multilink arrangement in back, and in the top-spec model, the Quadrifoglio, the rear differential will be capable of torque-vectoring via clutches. The tires on the high-powered Quadrifoglio are Pirelli P Zero Corsas made specifically for Alfa Romeo, in sizes 245/35R-19 up front and much wider 285/30R-19 in the back.

One advancement is the Integrated Brake System, an electromechanical unit that combines stability control with the traditional brake servo. Alfa Romeo claims the system provides instantaneous brake response and record stopping distances, and eliminates pedal pulses normally felt under ABS braking.

Another system involves aerodynamics. At the bottom of the Giulia's front bumper is an active aero splitter that articulates, varying the amount of downforce generated at the front of the car. With more downforce, grip and performance are improved at higher driving speeds.

Alfa claims the sprint to 62 mph will take 3.9 seconds. To run that quickly, the Quadrifoglio packs a 503-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 that exhales through a quad exhaust. A glance at the tachometer reveals a so-so 6800-rpm redline.

Simply put, the Giulia product line is Alfa Romeo's attempt to appeal to entry-level luxury buyers in the U.S.  The brand currently sells the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, which are specialty vehicles aimed at a narrow segment of the market. In May of 2016, Fiat-Chrysler confirmed that it has big product plans for Alfa Romeo, with eight vehicles set to debut by 2018. They include two utility vehicles, two compact sedans and a full-size sedan.  This is also the rumored platform for the rumored Barrracuda.

In mid year 2018, Alfa Romeo has scrapped their plans to use this plartform for Dodge vehicles in 2021.  It was widely assumed and even hinted at by some Dodge executives that the next generation Challenger and Charger would switch to the same rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. It would make sense financially speaking, especially given the huge sum of money FCA invested in the Giorgio architecture. However, that no longer appears to be the case.  The Giorgio platform is not ideal for large Hemi V8s, but rather smaller, turbocharged engines, like the Ferrari-derived twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 in the Giulia Quadrifoglio.  Motor Authority has comments made by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stating the next coupe and sedan will continue with the existing platform.



 

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