Last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Alfa Romeo showcased a high-performance sedan dubbed Quadrifoglio (the top trim model of its Giulia lineup) which set the auto world abuzz. The range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia was a perfect piece of excellent Italian craftsmanship. However, it’s quite disappointing that Alfa Romeo is yet to release the model. However, the automaker has confirmed a fall sale date meaning the wait is almost over. The vehicle was also showcased at the recent 2016 New York Auto Show.
The Quadrifoglio is the most powerful street-legal car to ever come from Alfa Romeo’s factory in its 105-years in operation. The Quadrifoglio is not alone; it comes with two siblings which slot below it in terms of both power and equipment. They are the base Giulia and the Giulia Ti. Read along to find out more
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Exterior
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is based on the modular platform dubbed “Giorgio”. This platform offers a lower COG, less weight and a 50/50 weight distribution. The body is also made from aluminum and composite materials.
The design is unlike anything we expected from ALFA Romeo. The automaker has surely caught us by surprise. The model features Alfa Romeo’s signature trefoil front grille. Flanking the grille is a pair of sleek halogen headlights that extend towards the nose. Also featured is a pair of LED DRLs. Below the grille is a gigantic air intake. The hood is very aggressive.
At the back, the design is less drastic but just as aggressive and sporty as the front. It includes stylish taillights adopted from the 2006 Alfa 159. You will also find a subtle spoiler on top of the trunk lid. Its beefy bumper on the other hand features a massive diffuser which integrates an intimidating quad-pipe exhaust system. The vehicle also features short overhangs.
Complementing the aggressive profile are gills placed behind its front fender, an entrenched character line that runs towards the rear beefy haunches and creases at the bottom of its doors. These creases highlight the vehicle’s protruding side skirts. To cap it all is a set of 17-18- or 19-inch specially designed wheels aimed at warning rivals that it means business. Behind the rims are huge brake calipers and discs which indicate what lies underneath its hood.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior
Alfa Romeo chose a simple but sporty design for the cabin. As such, the cabin is oriented towards the driver just like a fully-fledged sports car. Buyers will have an option between wood, carbon-fiber and aluminum interior trim.
A large instruments cluster is mounted on the dashboard while an infotainment screen is fixed above the center stack. The vehicle comes with the Connect 3D Nav infotainment system which offers excellent satellite navigation. Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone integration and a Wi-fi hotspot will also be available.
You will only find a couple of buttons and knobs as the design is very clean and uncluttered. Its flat-bottomed steering wheel is wrapped in leather and Alcantara. A start/stop button is also integrated to the steering wheel. The cabin accommodates five passengers o its leather and Alcantara-wrapped seats. The center console, on the other hand, features a carbon-fiber case.
Engine Specs and Performace
In the states, Alfa Romeo will only offer the Giulia with two engine choices. The standard Giulia and the more equipped Giulia Ti (Turismo Internazionale) will be powered by the same drive-train.
It is a new turbocharged 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. The engine is good for 276 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system with paddle shifters. The transmission system is jointly developed with ZF. The two models will be offered in both RWD and AWD.
The engine powers the Giulia to hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds from standstill towards a top speed of 149 mph.
If you want more thrills in your daily driving routine, opt for the Quadrifoglio. The Quadrifoglio packs a twin-turbocharged 2.9 L V-6 engine under its hood. The engine is capable of producing 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Quadrifoglio bolts from 0-60 mph in only 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph.
EPA ratings are not yet out. Check back later for more details. We also understand that other markets will get an additional 2.0 L diesel engine tuned to produce either 150 hp or 180 hp.
Price and release date
Alfa Romeo is yet to announce pricing details or the release date of the standard Giulia models. However, the automaker has announced that the “top dog” Quadrifoglio will hit the market this fall and has an MSRP of $ 70,000. According to rumors, the standard Giulia and Giulia Ti will have a starting price ranging from $ 35,000 to $ 40,000.
The standard 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti will be well equipped to compete with the likes of BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. However, the Quadrifoglio targets a different bunch of the German luxury sedans. It will compete with the Audi RS, Mercedes-Benz-AMG C63 and BMW M3. The automaker aims to launch a multi-layered assault on the premium sedan segment with the Giulia lineup.