Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo has a long history—105 years, to be exact—of creating cars that artfully merge sensuality and sensibility, vehicles that at once embody a uniquely Italian sex appeal with more objective values like simplicity and durability. This rare mix of qualities has defined such vaunted models as the 1954 Giulietta (1954–1965) and the 1965 Giulia GTA Sprint (1965–1969), and it appears to have guided the creation of the new Giulia, recently unveiled in Alfa Romeo’s newly renovated museum in Milan, Italy.

True to form for Alfa Romeo, managing weight—and its fore and aft distribution—was a prime concern during the Giulia’s design and development. Lightweight materials, including aluminum and carbon fiber, figure prominently in body, chassis, drivetrain, and interior components, strategically engineered between front and rear axles. The effort has given the car an optimal 50/50 weight distribution.

Beneath the Quadrifoglio’s carbon fiber hood lurks a Ferrari-inspired, Bi-Turbo V6 producing a staggering 510 horsepower. It’s sufficient to catapult the five-seater from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The Quadrifoglio features a patented double-wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, abetted by a highly intelligent adaptive damping system designed to give the Giulia preternatural reflexes while maintaining a natural, direct, linear connection with the road. And because being able to stop matters at least as much as being able to go, a quartet of broad carbon ceramic disc brakes fill the space behind gleaming 19-inch alloy wheels.

On the heels of the lauded 4C and 4C Spider, the Giulia arrives as the main event in Alfa Romeo’s auspicious return to the North American market. And though it faces off against some very capable rivals, Alfa Romeo is no copycat. If the mid-engine 4C’s dynamic excellence is any indicator, the Giulia will be the true driver’s car of its segment.

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