Is this new Giulia the first RWD sedan ALFA has ever made? Some review say the previous ALFA sedan is just a FIAT car with a Romeo badge
Brera was one of the best looking more modern time Alfas, looks like italians miss it too, a concept picThe original Giulia and Milanos ...... I wish the Brera had been rear-wheel drive, I love the look of that thing .......
thanks for sharing this. It's really nice to know this history.So....the 70's and 80's were tough financial times for Alfa....After a stint of government ownership, Alfa was up for sale.....Ford was a willing purchaser but in the 11th hour FIAT put up a bid to purchase Alfa in its entirety and keep Alfa Italian.....Alfa joined Lancia and FIAT as part of the Alfa Lancia Industriale S.p.A.....during this time, R & D was minimal and there was significant group development ....the 164 (a FWD sedan and Alfa's last sedan offering in the US) was based on the development of the Lancia Thema and SAAB 9000....Although still a fun car and extremely elegant for its time (and clearly the best looking variant of the three), it suffered from the basic limitations of FWD....The 75 or MILANO as it was known stateside, was the last RWD sedan Alfa offered.....Not only RWD but a racing transaxle with inboard rotors to reduce unsprung weight....a little polorizing aesthetically, but a blast to drive......Hope that helps....D
It can't be stressed enough the type of engineering Alfa put in their cars at that time, that made them such a blast to drive. Even the entry level FWD Alfasud also had inboard brake rotors, a lovely 4 cylinder boxer engine, and some smart rear suspension geometry. The challenges they had was more build quality issues like rust. But the engineering....from the V6 bussos....to the twin sparks with hydraulically driven variable valve timing variators (that started to sound diesel like when it was wearing out lol), etc. were years ahead.....The 75 or MILANO as it was known stateside, was the last RWD sedan Alfa offered.....Not only RWD but a racing transaxle with inboard rotors to reduce unsprung weight....a little polorizing aesthetically, but a blast to drive......Hope that helps....D