After a very blurry, accidental photo debut just yesterday, Alfa Romeo let loose the first official images and information about the upcoming Giulia. And she’s a looker. We’ve got a man on the ground in Milan for the reveal who’ll be bringing us more about the Giulia later on, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the facts.
Alfa’s rakish new sedan certainly offers enough performance to justify the fast-standing-still styling. The Giulia seen here is the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio edition, which has a turbocharged V6 that produces 510 horsepower (likely a metric figure, so it might be rated 503 here) and is good for a trip to 62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. The car will also come in lower-power specs, likely using variations of a turbocharged four-cylinder.
That quick acceleration is at least partially down to a very impressive curb weight. Alfa hasn’t given us an official figure, per se, but does mention that the Giulia has a weight-to-power ratio “lower than 3kg/hp.” Doing the math, that would put the sedan under 3,400 pounds, which is impressive. For reference, a BMW M3 sedan makes 425 hp and weighs in at around 3,600 pounds, while a 464-hp Cadillac ATS-V weighs about 100 pounds more. We know from Alfa’s US-spec 4C that the sedan might gain a bit of heft in its cross-Atlantic translation, but if it’s even in that ballpark, we’ll be excited.
Handling should be excellent, too, at least as far as we can tell from the case made on paper. The company boasts a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, with a multi-link rear suspension and double wishbones up front. We’re also promised “rapid, accurate steering” which, again, is borne out by the 4C.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio features a torque-vectoring rear differential, an active front splitter to improve aerodynamics at high speeds, and a computer system called Chassis Domain Control to keep the various subsystems balanced. Touted as a competitor to the BMW 3 Series (an M3 competitor in this spec), the Giulia will be available as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle as standard, of course. But an optional all-wheel-drive setup is also in the cards.
You’ll have to decide for yourself if the flowing, long-hood-short-deck styling works, but we think it’s excellent (at least based on the first few images). Find a bit more detail about the upcoming Giulia in the press release below, and expect more from Milan shortly.