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Unread 2015-06-24, 12:54 PM   #23
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Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan debuts with 510 hp, killer curves [w/video]

Alfa's Turbo'd Lightweight Looks Like A BMW Beater






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 car's turbocharged V6 produces 510 horsepower (we're assuming that's a metric figure), and pushes the car to 62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. That's the top-of-the-line engine said to be introduced on the high-performance Quadrifoglio version of the car.

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 Italian under 3,400 pounds, which is impressive. We know from Alfa's US-spec 4C that the sedan might gain a bit of heft in its cross-Atlantic translation, but if its 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.

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. It features a rear differential with torque vectoring, an active front splitter to maximize aerodynamics at high speeds, and something called Chassis Domain Control to run all of the systems. The Giulia even gets F1-style knobs to adjust all of the adaptive settings, mounted on the steering wheel.

You'll have to decide for yourself if 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.


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