Italian marque Alfa Romeo chose the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as the place for the auto show debut of its latest Giulia. The Alfa Romeo Giulia was showcased in its top-spec Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) variant and is said to be the spiritual successor to the 159 sedan. The sports sedan will likely hit UK markets by the Autumn of 2016.
The face gets the signature Trefoil nose that extends up to the front splitter and is flanked by sleek headlamps featuring projector units and LED DRLs. The bumper gets a big air dam that ensures cooling for the radiator with the bonnet obtaining vents for further engine cooling. The side profile gets fender air vents with the ‘Cloverleaf’ badge on top, silver-finished alloys, side skirts and a sharp shoulder line. The posterior gets a carbon-fiber bootlid spoiler, angular wraparound LED tail lights, a huge two-fin diffuser and chrome-finish quad exhausts.
The cabin has a clutter-free layout with a striking lack of buttons. The only human-machine interface are the two knobs on the center console that control the Connect 3D NAV infotainment and Alfa DNA functions. The 8.8-inch infotainment system dominates the dashboard and features gesture control and voice recognition alongwith Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The company has incorporated all the main functions, including the start button on the three-spoke steering wheel. The sportiness is conveyed on the inside by the presence of carbon fiber trim on the dashboard and door panels while aluminium accents on the steering wheel, AC vents and pedals up the premium feel a bit more.
The top-end QV variant houses a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 that has been developed by engineers with Ferrari expertise. It has a max power output of 510 hp with peak pulling power of 600 Nm. Alfa claims a 0-100 kmph (62 mph) time of 3.9 seconds and top speed of 307 kmph (191 mph). The sedan is a rear-wheel drive with power sent to it by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Alfa Romeo recently announced that its QV model has lapped the Nurburgring in a time of 7 minute 39 seconds which is a new record for a saloon car. And not just that, it has beaten the previous record held by BMW M4 by a huge margin of 13 seconds. Its competition which includes names such as the Mercedes-AMG C63 and BMW M3 have plenty of reason to be scared.