Introduced in June 2015, the Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s brand-newcompact executive sedan as well as company’s first competitor for your BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in five years. The four-door revived the famous Giulia nameplate, last used in 1978, and takes above from exactly where the Alfa Romeo 159 left off in 2011, once the Italian automaker decided it no longer requirements a compact. Nevertheless, the Giulia is more than just an up to date 159, featuring modern underpinnings, a premium interior, and effective drivetrains that make it a worthy rival for your mighty 3 Series and C-Class. Contrary to its predecessor, additionally, it received a high-performance edition that can compete towards M3 along with the AMG C63.
The Quadrifoglio surely is not really missing in visual aggression. The essential Giulia can encounter like a little timid, however the top-spec model gets a muscular reworking that involves an active front splitter as well as equally serious-looking diffuser in the back. Weight is diminished by carbon-fiber products for your hood, roof, and driveshaft, with all Giulias also getting aluminum front fenders and doors. Alfa’s claimed 3359-pound fat incorporates no fluids-our greatest estimate is that the new car might be roughly 3600 pounds-but the Giulia ought to stack up effectively towards its obvious rivals, the BMW M3, the Mercedes-AMG C63, plus the Cadillac ATS-V.
The six-speed manual gearbox, common on (and accessible only for) the Quadrifoglio, delivers the purer driving knowledge, but it’s clear that much less improvement hard work has become expended on shoring up its operating relationship with all the V-6 engine. The gearchanges have a wonderful fat to them, and the guide is fun to row rapidly, but gentler progress explains the heavily boosted engine has to deal with obvious turbo lag. Below 3000 rpm, there is a distinct pause followed by a swelling sensation as the horses consider a number of seconds to gallop in. The eight-speed automatic’s skill to either drop a gear or to slip its torque converter helps spool up the turbos additional rapidly, and these horses just about drop via the ceiling. Though the auto’s gearchanges are not as rapid as these of numerous dual-clutch automatics, they are more quickly and significantly less dramatic compared to the speediest created with all the manual gearbox.
With all the Giulia sedan retailing from €35,500 (about $40,000) in Italy, the wagon is likely to cost about €37,000 (about $41,700) prior to alternatives. U.S. pricing for the sedan will not be yet available, and estimating a sticker for that wagon is challenging at this time.