Alfa Romeo’s Giulia: Italian good looks and lashings of technology – Ars Technica

Fulfill the Giulia—Alfa Romeo’s credible return to the US little luxury sedan segment. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn.

Was it Top Gear that issued an edict saying one could just be a actual automobile enthusiast if they’d owned an Alfa Romeo? That would certainly have actually disqualified a lot of Americans from earning that title for several years; Alfa Romeo pulled from the US market in the mid-’90s. Yet this summer, the brand returns to these shores along with the arrival of the Giulia sedan.

We enjoyed the fire-breathing Giulia Quadrifoglio—which now holds a Nürburbring lap tape for four-door production cars—last November in Los Angeles. And the $75,000, 505hp (377kW) M3 beater was present and right at the Javits Focus in a fairly fetching white too as the traditional Alfa Romeo red. The twin turbo 2.9L V6 is indeed exciting, Yet the much less powerful versions—the Giulia and Giulia TS—are arguably the much more crucial cars for the Italian OEM.

The Giulia is offered in either rear- or all-wheel drive (Q4 in Alfa-lingo), along with a 276hp (206kW) turbocharged 2.0L direct injection engine and ZF’s wonderful eight-rate automatic transmission. The engine additionally receives Fiat’s clever electrohydraulic “MultiAir” consumption valves, meaning its brains consist of for the lack of any kind of traditional Alfa Romeo engine noises that are automatically muted by the turbocharger.

The interior is as compelling. There’s real wood, along with a slightly rough complete that’s a manage to touch. The shift paddles are mounted to the steering column, not the wheel—possibly an excellent point provided the Giulia’s very rapid steering ratio. And they’re diecast aluminum, not plastic—others manufacturers take note!

The Giulia is Alfa’s answer to a 3 Series, C-Class, or A4.

We’re aching to get hold of to already know the Giulia on the road—not simply the Quadrifoglio (even though obviously we do), Yet additionally the much more sober versions. US production begins this summer, according to Alfa Romeo, and prices begin about $40,000. Now also Americans can easily be actual Top Gear-approved automobile enthusiasts when more.

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