It wont be a big surpise to regular readers that I’m a bit of an Alfa Romeo fan, so you could just imagine how excited I was to see the release of Alfa’s new mid size sedan the Giulia.
The Giulia is not only damn good looking but it packs a punch under the bonnet as well with the Quadrifoglio version receiving a 380Kw turbo 6 cylinder engine powering either the rear wheels or all 4.
Alfa Romeo claims the Giulia will do the 0-100 km.h sprint in just 3.9secs, not only will go fast in straight line but it should be pretty damn quick in the corners as thanks to 50/50 weight distribution across the 2 axles and what is claimed the most direct steering on the market.
I can sit here and rabbit on for ages about this car but rather than bore you to tears check out all the info below, massive thanks to Alfa Romeo for the info and the pics.
The next chapter begins: Introducing the stunning Alfa Romeo Giulia
- The perfect example of Alfa Romeo’s driving philosophy and the maximum expression of the ‘meccanica delle emozioni’ (mechanics of emotion), the new model encapsulates 105 years of style, excellence and Italian technology.
- Its distinctive design expresses three quintessential features of Italian design: sense of proportion, simplicity and high quality surface finishes.
- The new Alfa Romeo badge – now refreshed, while preserving its legendary shape and unmistakable style – stands out in the middle of the famous front trefoil nose.
- The focus centres on the driver and the promise of exhilarating driving experiences with responsive steering, stunning acceleration and prompt shifting and braking.
- Rear- or four-wheel drive is more than just a tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which guarantees high performance and astounding fun.
- State-of-the-art, innovative engines: a six-cylinder 510HP (380kW), inspired by Ferrari technologies, the brand’s new powertrain reference, will be introduced on the Quadrifoglio version.
- Performance is thrilling: from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
- Perfect weight distribution (50/50 across the two axles), sophisticated suspensions (the front is an Alfa Romeo exclusive) and the most direct steering on the market.
- Unique, exclusive technical solutions, like Torque Vectoring for outstanding stability control, Integrated Brake System for considerably reducing braking distance and Active Aero Splitter for active high-speed downforce management.
- Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and the ample use of ultralight materials, like carbonfibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio.
- The model was introduced to the international press in the renovated Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy ,which will reopen on June 30 for enthusiasts and researchers worldwide.
The stunning new Alfa Romeo Giulia – sporting the legendary Quadrifoglio badge – was introduced to the international press at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, near Milan, today.
It was a special event and a celebration of Alfa Romeo’s storied history: in fact, today the brand celebrates its 105th year of automotive manufacturing.
A.L.F.A. (standing for ‘Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili’, which translates as ‘Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company’ in English) was established on June 24, 1910. Today, on June 24, 2015, a new page for the brand which never ceases to surprise is being written by introducing a new model, a genuine masterpiece which concentrates past, present and future – a genuine example of automotive excellence.
There could be no better venue for this important event than the new Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. The brand’s ‘home’ will be opening its doors to the general public again on June 30. The renovated facility hosts Alfa Romeo’s most famous and innovative creations. These cars have written some of the most important pages in automotive history and are still sources of inspiration for young Alfa Romeo designers.
These include an elite team of engineers, designers and stylists who formed a skunk works for new Alfa Romeo product. Sharing a common love for Alfa Romeo and its unique concept of cars as ’emotional mechanical creations’, the ‘Skunks’ have one goal: to create the Alfa Romeo of the future while respecting the brand’s proud heritage.
The new Alfa Romeo logo
Alfa Romeo Giulia perfectly embodies the brand’s new focus while remaining loyal to its century-long tradition. The respect for the brand’s proud history is demonstrated also by the Alfa Romeo badge – designed by Robilant Associati – that the new model will reveal to the world for the first time: the emblem has been renewed and modernised on the outside while remaining true to the original’s distinctive shape and style elements which have made it an admired symbol the world over.
‘La meccanica delle emozioni’
Five elements have made Alfa Romeo one of the world’s most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, state-of-the-art and innovative engines, perfect 50/50 weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio. These are the indispensable ingredients for creating an Alfa Romeo.
Just sitting in the new Alfa Romeo is like entering a new dimension which centres on the driver, igniting emotions and the promise of exhilarating driving experiences. Responsive steering, powerful acceleration and lightning-fast gear shifts all combine for an exciting driving experience.
Additionally, rear- or four-wheel drive is more than just a tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which offers high performance and astounding enjoyment.
In Alfa Romeo’s world, this is all summed up by the words ‘la meccanica delle emozioni’. This bold, distinctive pay-off will be publicised worldwide in Italian only to pay homage to the homeland where the legend was born over one century ago. It’s a tribute to a brand that carries Italian-made pride on everyday roads, on the most famous race tracks and in the hearts of millions of enthusiasts all over the world.
Distinctive Italian design
All Alfa Romeos offer the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty which makes them the highest expression of Italian style in the automotive world. The new Giulia is no exception because it encapsulates three important elements of Italian design: sense of proportion, simplicity and surface quality. This is the ‘skin’ that Alfa Romeo stylists have modelled with painstaking care over the mechanical parts.
In particular, the proportions are based on the technical architecture of the car: for Alfa Romeo the key elements were the 50/50 weight balance and rear-wheel drive. In order to balance the weight perfectly, the engine and the mechanical parts are precisely arranged between the two axles. This is why the Giulia has very short overhangs, a long bonnet and front wings, a retracted passenger compartment ‘settled’ on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road. All this translates into a very generous wheelbase – the longest in its category – but contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. Furthermore, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a ‘drop-shaped’ profile which is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
A second aspect of the Italian style is ‘simplicity’ which envelopes what is in fact the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. It is up to style to conceal the complex working parts behind a simple, natural line which enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. For this reason, the new Alfa Romeo boasts a strong identity drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, possibly the most famous and recognisable style element in automotive history.
Finally, Italian style is characterised by a high quality surface finish which means creating rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes. The end result is the new Giulia, a sculptured shape reminiscent of a big cat about to pounce. The same inspiration is found inside the car. Everything is clean, essential and centres on the driver, such as the controls grouped on the small steering wheel designed to adapt to all driving styles. And more. The driver’s position was ‘cut’ as a fabric with a diagonal tunnel, a slightly undulated dashboard and cleverly oriented instruments which convey the impression of a tailor-made suit.
State-of-the-art, innovative engines
State-of-the-art, innovative engines are another characterising element of a genuine Alfa Romeo. For this reason, a unique engine in terms of technology and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand, has been created for the Quadrifoglio version.
The six-cylinder turbo petrol tuned by engineers with Ferrari background delivers 510HP (380kW) and exhilarating performance: it accelerates from 0- to-100km/h in only 3.9 seconds. Incidentally, despite the sensational power and torque output, the new engine is surprisingly fuel efficient and implements an electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system. Obviously, as all next-generation petrol and diesel engines, this six-cylinder is made entirely of aluminium to reduce weight – particularly on the front axle of the car – and to make that genuine Alfa Romeo sound.
Perfect weight distribution
A peculiarity of the new Giulia is the astute management of weights and materials to obtain a perfect 50/50 distribution across the two axles. This is fundamental to secure that signature Alfa Romeo driving excitement and reached by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.
The suspension set-up is essential for optimal ride as well as weight distribution. In particular, a multilink solution ensuring top performance, driving pleasure and comfort has been chosen for the rear axle. On the front, a new double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the constant caster trail on corners and can tackle high lateral acceleration as a result of an always perfect footprint.
Innovative, exclusive technical solutions
As a further expression of the Alfa Romeo engineering culture, the design, build and the choice of materials for the chassis and suspension was crucial. As a consequence, it was decided that electronics should only be used to enhance an exhilerating driving experience already guaranteed by excellent base mechanicals.
This is demonstrated by the exclusive technical solutions present on the new car, like Torque Vectoring with a double clutch to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately. In this manner, power transmission to the road is improved in low grip conditions. So spirited driving is always fun without ever having to run up against an invasive stability control system. The Integrated Brake System – an innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake – offers instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances.
Together with an excellent Cx, a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the Giulia offers an Active Aero Splitter – a front system which actively manages downforce for higher performance and better grip at high speed. These state-of-the-art systems are all governed by Chassis Demand Control, the ‘brains’ of the on-board electronics which assigns tasks to optimise performance and driving pleasure.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia also features a renewed Alfa DNA which modifies the car’s dynamic behaviour according to the driver’s selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an Alfa Romeo) and, naturally, Racing (on high-performance versions).
The passenger compartment offers premium quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style element: the centrality of the driver. All the main controls are incorporated in the steering wheel as on a Formula 1 car, while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector and the infotainment system.
The best weight-to-power ratio
To obtain an excellent weight-to-power ratio (remarkably lower than 3), Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and the ample use of ultralight materials throughout. For example, carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft, the bonnet and the roof and aluminium was picked for the engine, brakes, suspension (including front domes and front and rear frames), in addition to many other body components, such as the doors and the wings. Furthermore, the rear crossmember is made of aluminium composite and plastic.
In order to decrease the total weight, the braking system was tweaked using aluminium elements and carbon ceramic discs and the seats have a carbon fibre structural frame. Despite all this weight optimisation, the car boasts the best torsional rigidity in its class to guarantee quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress.’
FCA Australia President and CEO Pat Dougherty confirmed the Alfa Romeo Giulia was headed for Australia, saying: “With a potent blend of performance and style, the Giulia is not just an all-new player in the luxury and sports car segments, but the opening chapter of something truly special for the Alfa Romeo brand globally.
“The Alfa Romeo Giulia takes all the excitement of the 4C and 4C supercars and pairs it with the kind of impeccable design and sophistication only the Italians can deliver. It’s an instant classic, and I can’t wait to welcome it to Australia.”