Those hoping the Alfa Romeo Giulia would be available with more power in the U.S. are in luck.
Pricing for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia was announced last week with the standard model coming with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. While that’s competitive in the sub-$40,000 luxury sedan segment (the Giulia starts from $38,990 including destination), enthusiasts in the U.S. desire more. The company could be listening to those desires according to a leaked report from Auto Evolution, which says a 350-hp variant is in the works. One of the site’s readers sent in a document showing the Giulia Veloce will be offered in the U.S. with 350 hp, all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
The document matches what Squadra Tuning discovered when it was surfing on the parts site for the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Dutch tuning company found brake discs for a “Giulia 2.0 TBi with 350 PS,” further suggesting a model will be offered to bridge the gap between the standard Giulia and the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio.
While the 280-hp Giulia fits in nicely against the standard BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and even the Cadillac ATS, a 350-hp variant will compete nicely with the higher-end BMW and Mercedes models like the 340i and C43 AMG.
No official word yet from Alfa Romeo if a 350-hp Giulia is heading to the U.S., but if it’s all true expect an announcement in the near future.
[Source: Auto Evolution]
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