Alfa Romeo's new Giulia will arrive in the UK in 2016 to take on the best in the saloon class.
The model will encompass all of the Italian manufacturer's sports-inspired styling, and with advanced technology on-board it is widely expected to re-imagine saloon performance. Full details will be revealed closer to the release date, and we explore what is known below.
The car's captivating looks bear all the hallmarks of previous Alfa Romeo creations but with a modern refresh. The arrow-shaped grille and vast mesh air intakes at the end of a smoothly contoured bonnet give the front profile a distinctive look. At the sides, deep folds sweep away from vents positioned behind the front wheels and head towards a purposeful rear end. Here a large diffuser and quad exhaust arrangement confirm the influence motorsport has had on the model.
The racing theme stretches into the cabin, where supportive seats cradle you well through the bends and a tall centre console makes you feel closer to the road. Aluminium pedals, a three-spoke steering wheel and carbon fibre trim reinforce the sense of athleticism, while push-button start demonstrates the Giulia's premium appeal.
The manufacturer has applied its latest powertrain developments beneath the bonnet to separate the Giulia from established saloons. The use of a bi-turbo V6 engine producing 510bhp makes the vehicle Alfa Romeo's most powerful production car to date yet it also boasts best-in-class output. An electronically-controlled cylinder deactivation system makes the Giulia more efficient than its rivals, in addition to having unbeatable power and masses of torque.
The engine alone isn't responsible for the saloon's thrilling driving dynamic. It sits within an ultralight body with perfect 50:50 weight distribution that balances the delivery of power with the feeling of control at the wheel. Torque vectoring technology enhances stability on the road by delivering torque to each wheel separately, which maximises grip on all surfaces for better launch and handling. The car's figures speak volumes – it sprints from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.
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