The price sits nicely in between main rivals, with the BMW M3 undercutting it at around £56,000, while the Mercedes-AMG C 63 starts at £60,000. The Giulia’s 503bhp power output outstrips both of those cars, though, and matches the S version of the C 63 – which starts from £66,000.
The Italian firm claims the Quadrifoglio model can lap the Nurburgring’s fearsome Nordschleife circuit in just 7:39 – a new record for a saloon car if true. It is powered by a 503bhp turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 and can hit 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, in part thanks to 600Nm of torque. It’ll do 190mph, and thanks to its carbon fibre active aero splitter, will generate an impressive 100kg of downforce at top speed. Plus, Alfa says it’s more efficient than its rivals, with emissions of 198g/km in the manual model.
Alfa Romeo claims that all models feature 50/50 weight distribution and a sophisticated rear suspension set-up, which go hand-in-hand with a rear-wheel drive layout for better handling. Carbon fibre has been used in the car’s construction as well, with aluminium and plastic used as well to keep the weight of the car down to 1,374kg in the 2.2-litre diesel and 1,524kg in the hot Quadrifoglio.
An 8.8-inch display screen inside is controlled via a dial, and can connect to both Apple and Android mobile devices for phone calls and music streaming. There’s also a TomTom sat-nav system and the dash also features Alfa’s DNA driving mode switch.
Behind the wheel there’s either a 3.5-inch or 7-inch screen depending on the trim level, and the Giulia features a Harman Kardon 14-speaker stereo system. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection will be available on the car, plus a collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
Optional equipment includes leather seats, bi-xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel, gear-shift paddles for auto models, a limited-slip differential, keyless go, parking seniors and powered heated front seats.