The name Giulia is an Italian baby name. Alfa Romeo, in an attempt to revamp their brand name had taken to manufacture this baby in a clandestine location, a little away from the main FCA group in a new dedicated facility. Two years have passed since its initiation and the Giulia is expected to bring back the vigour and excitement that was absent from the recent Alfa Romeo instalments. Seen at the Frankfurt Motor show 2015, this one is bound to raise a few eyebrows.
All car enthusiasts will be bestowed a chance to shoot up the Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine to a 100 kmph from nil in just 3.9 seconds – Finally bringing in some competition for the recently brought in German automobiles- next September. A tremendous 510 hp is claimed to be produced from the powerhouse. Alfa’s new rear-wheel-drive platform is integrated in the new Giulia. The suspension uses control arms in the front and a multilink arrangement in back, and in the top-spec model, the Quadrifoglio, the rear differential will be capable of torque-vectoring via clutches.
When it comes to weight articulation, Italians are adept at it. The fenders and the doors are made of aluminium and the hood and the roof are carbon fiber. Weight is distributed in a promising 50/50 ratio by placing major components between the axles, and the lightest materials used at either end of the car, such as aluminium for the suspension. Alfa is quoting a power-to-weight ratio of 3 kg/HP for the Quadrifoglio, which translates roughly to a 1508 kg curb weight. Further weight reduction comes from the use of absolutely stunning carbon ceramic brakes on the Quadrifoglio Verde model.
An Active Aero Splitter at the front helps aid the Giulia’s aerodynamic design, and the system, like the other electronics, is controlled by Chassis Domain Control electronic ‘brain’, tasked with ensuring driving pleasure and performance for the driver, which comes as no surprise to us as intelligent driving is the new fad.
All these additions compliment its sporty looks, the car is visually striking with a sturdy demeanour. The trademark inverted triangle grille in the front still persists. The Giulia is one angry beast, which fumes with the potential of inaugurating a new era in the 105 year old car maker’s history. Alfa wants to sell 400,000 cars worldwide by 2018 more than it did in 2013. The Giulia will be the first of eight new Alfas to launch over the next three years, most of which will be derived from the same rear-wheel-drive platform and all built in Italy.
With a few tweaks in the Alfa Romeo logo and a major push in the technicalities, it is definitely one car that I would love to see in my garage every day. Would you?