2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Debuts with Ferrari Power

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The range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia has been officially unveiled.

Introduced at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy, the Italian automaker marked its 105th anniversary, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by showing off an all-new model. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is quite a bit different from the 4C sports car available in the U.S., sporting four doors and a more traditional midsize sedan body.

For Alfa Romeo, there were two key elements the Giulia had to embody during its development: a 50/50 weight balance and rear-wheel drive. According to the Italian automaker, the Giulia has very short overhangs, a long hood and front wings in order to arrange the engine and mechanical parts between the two axles, helping give it the perfect weight balance.

As a result, the Alfa Romeo Giulia actually has the longest wheelbase in its class, but it’s all packed into a compact body.

But what everyone is excited about is the fact that the Giulia will come equipped with a Ferrari-prepped, six-cylinder engine churning 510 hp. Capable of accelerating to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will set its sights at the BMW M3 and Audi RS4 models as a high-performance sedan with robust handling capabilities. In addition to the powerplant, the Giulia is outfitted with Torque Vectoring and a double-clutch transmission, allowing the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately.

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Keeping things simple in the cabin, the Giulia’s interior features a steering wheel similar to one you’d see on a Formula 1 car, where the car’s main controls are incorporated on the wheel. The human-machine interface consists of just two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector (driving mode) and the infotainment system.

Although the official weight wasn’t announced, Alfa Romeo is bragging that the Giulia has “an excellent power-to-weight ratio (remarkably lower than 3 kg/hp).” Carbon fiber can be found on the sedan’s propeller shaft, hood and roof, while aluminum was used for the engine, brakes, suspension, doors and wings. Even the rear crossmember has been manufactured from aluminum composite and plastic.

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to arrive U.S. dealerships late next year and we’ll get an up close look at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Discuss this story at our 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Forum

  • thatguy88

    FUCK

    OFF

  • Simon Bates

    1500Kg?? 🙁

  • timothyhood

    “…remarkably lower than “! Wow, that should make for a nice-driving vehicle!

    The last time I considered Alpha, it was 1989, and I chose the Audi 100 over the Milano. I don’t regret that decision, as the Audi was nice and the Milano would have been questionable at best. This time around, I think the Alfa reliability has substantially improved and it could make the short list if I don’t end up getting something else before it comes around.

  • Peter Kaye

    Alpha?

  • Len OConnor

    It is nice but…
    if you don’t see the ALFA grill it looks much like all the competition.
    This is unlike the 4C, which has a distinctive design.

    That’s my opinion and I … am Len OConnor.

  • Wes

    Thank you. Jamie, pay attention to that guy!

  • Edward Stamp

    The grille may look so, but I think Alfa’s intention is introduce a car to which potential customers can relate to in terms of appearance, Style and feasibility etc. and not be put-off by some radical (in your face) contours.
    Alfa want to trigger that first impression as one to last … (positively of course) and encourage the potential customer to buy into a shape that does have its one unique signature yet can be related to similar shape’s.
    I think the Gulia will undergo a number of cosmetic changes over the next few years and may possibly include variations done to the grille’s appearance etc…

  • Kristian Halldearn

    I think my love affair with Alfa is over! Ive had Alfas for years and really wanted to like this one… i guess i’ll be keeping my Brera a few more years. The design here does nothing for the brand.

  • bruce

    This Alfa is very obviously aimed squarly at the common dullness that is know as BMW owners, I just pray that these BMW drivers are still put off by the 80’s image of rust and unreiliability,i cant afford a Maserati if Alfa becomes common like Audi I will leave the brand after 10 years of joy and exclusivity and smugness at the drooling bmw owners passing by.

  • bruce

    I used to buy Audis in the Quattro era 90’s but on arrival of A4 and BMW estate agents leaving for an Audi I moved to Alfa, keep BMW drivers in BMWs, thankyou

  • Rochester

    How is that not a BMW 2-Series at even more than a casual glance?

  • Mark S

    Very nice design – simple, but all Alfa. Lightness, 50:50 and RWD as well…..suspect the price will be up there though, just above M3 and C63 AMG?

  • Dino Pappous

    Beta ?

  • Dino Pappous

    Rear wheel drive….GREAT…Transaxle would have made it AMAZING….

  • Mattias Gyllenvarg

    No need for a transaxle if you already have 50/50 weight distrubution. But is would have been a nice gesture back at the beloved 116 chassie.

  • timothyhood

    Auto-correct

  • Min

    God you’re a lil bitch no one wants your stupid opinion. We are all here to read about the car. Go somewhere else and do that idiot shit

  • Keith

    These wheels are the most recent take on Alfa Romeo’s long standing telephone wheel design. It’s a nice touch for those who know and appreciate what they are looking at.

  • judy_parks3
  • 2Fast2Alfa

    You’re an idiot:-) Think before commenting on what you neither know or understand. For you and the others below/above comments, both the Alfa Cloverleaf and Teledial wheels are all part of the Alfa beauty and heritage. BMW’s aren’t a patch on the Alfa-Romeo heritage and history of sporting pedigree for mere mortals. It’s just a shame that you folks in the US have been starved of the Alfa 156, 159 saloon and sportwagon models, which are very clearly linked to this ‘new’ Gulietta. The connection is obvious when you look at them side by side in photo’s. If all you’ve see are BMW’s and Audi, no wonder you have no idea that they took inspiration from teh early and classic Alfa looks…

  • Mark S

    I am with you that Rochester does not know his/her Alfa history. You lost me though on BMW heritage not being a patch on Alfa history – BMW has heritage, different heritage (arguably a diverse heritage). An Alfa of old would be great to see.

  • Wu Ming

    I like flowered wheels the same way I don’t like my girlfriend in cargo trousers.

  • Reuben manders

    Kristian holdearn dad it’s me reuben I’ve been trying to contact me plz reuben