Any self-respecting gear-head will tell you that you haven’t been to motoring heaven until you have been in an Alfa Romeo. Even Jeremy Clarkson once famously remarked that owning an Alfa is “that portal through which all petrol-heads must pass if they genuinely want to know what it is that differentiates a car from a toaster or a washing machine”. Such is the prestige that is bestowed on Alfa Romeos amongst car enthusiasts all over the world.
The new kid on the block.
The motoring fraternity first caught a glimpse of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia during a mid-year motoring event in Milan. The car heralded as the one that will spearhead Alfa’s rebirth as a maker of sporty, lightweight, high-tech, rear-wheel drive cars was however released to mixed reactions. While not everyone was particularly smitten by its looks, the motoring fraternity certainly sat up and took notice.
Styling and Design
Alfa Romeo have never been one to struggle with interior styling. The Giulia signifies Alfa Romeo’s departure from family saloon rivals into the compact, executive turf. Judging from the pictures, we can already tell that the
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
is a world away from its predecessors (the 156 and 159).
There have been a few changes here and there. For instance, the intricate headlamp design characteristic of its predecessor has been done away with in favour of large LED units that extend all the way to the wheel arches.
With sporty features like the ‘push-to start’ button and the carbon fibre trim throughout, the Giulia is miles ahead of its executive rivals.Front: The bonnet is long and kinked sweeping backwards to intersect with a steeply-raked windscreen.The trademark Treofoil V-shaped grill has, of course, remained; underneath it, a powerful air intakes and a prominent lip spoiler.
Buyers will have a choice between automatic and six-speed gear box. Furthermore, the car will come in rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. Talk about being spoilt for choice! This is a radical departure from its predecessors, the 156 and 159 which were both front-wheel drive.
Another unique feature of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is its 50:50 weight distribution. To make it lighter, Alfa Romeo have used composites and other lightweight materials to construct the body including: carbon fibre for the roof and bonnet, aluminium for the doors, wings and rear cross-member.
The engine on this flagship model is a 3.0 litre, 503 bhp, twin turbo V6 engine. An absolute Alfa Classic. What’s more? This beast is Ferrari – developed. As if constant comparisons to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class weren’t enough already!
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Price
Exact prices have not yet been announced but the standard Giulia is expected to cost around $53,000. A lightweight version, with racing seats, a carbon fibre roof and bonnet, and ceramic brakes is expected to start at $66,000.
July 21, 2016