Before the Alfa Romeo Giulia hits American shores, Car And Driver (C&D) answered a few important questions that may have been circling around in your mind for a while. Maybe these answers will help potential buyers figure out if they want the base model or the Quadrifoglio variant.
1. What took them so long?
Originally, the Giulia was going to be use the same platform that underpinned the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. Luckily, Marchionne himself trashed the idea and decided that the Giulia should get its own rear-drive platform. The wait may have been long but a small team, dubbed the Skunks, worked diligently to develop the new platform that was debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last year.
Now, instead of an Alfa Romeo Dart or 200, we’ll be 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 powerplant and a turbocharged four-cylinder powered base model.
2. Is it finished yet?
The electronics could use a bit more work because C&D found a few electrical idiosyncrasies during a test drive like freezing display screen and warning lights turning on. Other than that, the Alfa Romeo Giulia should be complete and European sales have already started.
3. Who designed it?
The final design was more of a team effort with two different team leaders, Marco Tencone originally led the team and he was later replaced by Scott Kruger. Other members of the Giulia team were replaced too including Philippe Krief (engineering boss) and CEO Harald Wester. While the team roster may have seen a few changes, the final product just oozes Alfa Romeo.
4. Is it a real Alfa?
It has been a while since we’ve seen an Alfa Romeo large volume model that wasn’t just a new body sitting on a Fiat Group platform but the Giulia is definitely an Alfa Romeo sedan and not a Fiat-GM-Alfa hybrid.
5. How does the Quadrifoglio Drive?
They weren’t given ample time to fully experience the QV since other journalists were waiting in line for a turn but, Mike Duff (C&D writer) found it to be impressively fast and delivers a purer driving experience thanks to its six-speed manual gearbox. You can go to their site for the whole QV test drive write-up.
6. Does it really have 505 horsepower?
Only if you decide to go for the 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio model. Inspired by Ferrari’s F154 turbocharged V-8, the V-6 will send power to the QV’s rear wheels via a six-speed manual or an eight-speed *automatic gearbox. For everyone else, there’s the 276-hp turbocharged four model that’s bound for U.S. soil.
7. What about the standard model?
Not everyone can afford the Quadrifoglio’s price tag and that’s where the standard Giulia comes in. Rivaling the Mercedes-Benz C-class’ road noise and ride quality, the Giulia should perform well on normal roads with a chassis that rides over rough roads like butter. Compared to the BMW 3-series or Audi A4, it has less understeer at low speeds and all 197 ponies will pull hard but you may meet some resistance trying to get past 5500 rpm.
8. How does it sound?
The Quadrifoglio already sounds mean in normal drive mode and that’s with two of the bypass valves closed. We can only imagine what it’ll sound like when those two valves are opened up in race mode. Though the four-cylinder gas model won’t sound as good, the engine still produces an aggressive bark when pushed.
9. What else will this platform underpin?
Alfa’s plan includes right new models and all of them will be sitting on a variation of the Giulia’s platform unless it’s the 4C variants. The last time we saw their model update, a full-size, 2 UVs, 2 specialty vehicles and a hatchback were listed and they’re supposed to debut between 2017 and 2020. Any one of them can be sitting on the Giulia platform.
10. Where will FCA sell them?
You’ll be able find a Giulia at one of alfa Romeo’s 139 U.S. dealerships. California and the Eastern Seaboard are pretty well covered but buyers in the Northwest may have a difficult time finding one. The company does have plans to expand its dealer network before the Giulia goes on sale but we don’t have the specifics on that.
11. Can it stand up against the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63?
Yes, yes it can. Not only can the Quadrifoglio stand up against its rivals, it can outgun them by a large margin. Keep your eyes peeled in 2017 because the QV is set to go on sale in the U.S. next year.