UPDATE: Giulia bound for Australia, exact timing still to be confirmed.
Alfa Romeo has unveiled its new Giulia sedan today, showcasing the sedan in its top-shelf Quadrifoglio Verde form at a special event in Milan.
As revealed in a pair of leaked spy shots, the new Giulia boasts muscular proportions, matched to understated styling and that bold Alfa red finish. Yes, this is a traditional Italian sports sedan.
The familiar Alfa Romeo shield grille takes pride of place up front, flanked by a pair of large lower grilles and blade-style headlights that reach back into the quarter panels.
The profile’s standout styling cue in this QV version is a deep vent behind the front wheels, set at the tip of a subtle character line that runs back through the doors to flared guards at the rear.
A chrome-edged skirt rests below the doors, and the look is rounded out by a tapered roofline and those iconic Alfa wheels.
At the rear, there’s long LED-rich cherry-red tail lamps, an integrated boot lip spoiler and a set of four large tail pipes at either end of a tall diffuser panel.
In the cabin, there's a liberal dose of leather and carbon-fibre trim across a heavily driver-focused cabin.
A six-speed manual shifter can be seen, along with a sleek three-spoke steering wheel with a very Ferrari-inspired integrated power button.
As expected, motivation in the new hero Alfa sedan is provided by a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, tuned by “engineers with a Ferrari background”.
Partnered with a six-speed dual-clutch auto (a six-speed manual will also be offered), the Giulia’s big six promises a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds.
Helping it get there is a torque vectoring system that allows for each rear wheel’s torque delivery to be managed individually.
“In this manner, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. So, the driving is safe and fun without ever having to run up against an invasive stability control system,” the company said.
And, as the video below confirms, the Giulia QV's turbo six makes all the right sounds.
All of this is packaged in a body believed to be a new architecture unique to the Giulia, although there are likely to be components borrowed from Maserati’s Ghibli sedan.
The company promises an ultra lightweight construction, with a liberal application of carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and reinforced plastics.
The propeller shaft, bonnet and roof are of a carbon fibre design, while aluminium features through the doors and quarter panels.
Alfa Romeo claims a perfect 50/50 weight distribution across the new Giulia and, although a specific kerb weight has not been revealed, it is expected to come in at around 1500kg.
Suspension is by a double wishbone design at the front, matched to a multi-link arrangement at the rear.
There’s also a new Integrated Brake System on-board, featuring an electromechanical design that combines stability control with a traditional servo “for instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances”.
There's also an active splitter for managing downforce at high speeds, and a set of selectable driving modes with a race setting is also featured.
An Australian debut for the Giulia has now been confirmed, although launch timing is still to be revealed.
It is known however that right-hand-production won't begin until late next year, hinting at a late 2016 or early 2017 debut in Australia.
"“The Alfa Romeo Giulia takes all the excitement of the 4C and pairs it with the kind of impeccable design and sophistication only the Italians can deliver," Fiat Chrysler Australia boss Pat Dougherty said today.
"It’s an instant classic, and I can’t wait to welcome it to Australia."
Watch for more details on the new Giulia, including the wider range with its smaller four-cylinder engines, to come in the months ahead.
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