The second coming of Alfa Romeo, or perhaps the third. No, hang on a minute, that’s not really entirely fair. Yes, it would be easy for the casual observer to have grown cynical over recent years at the prospect of a brand new Alfa, especially one that is entering the murky, shark-infested waters of the premium saloon market. And yet, if the new Giulia - armed with new all-aluminum engines, a new rear-drive chassis, new eight-speed gearbox and with the Quadrifoglio featuring a 2,9-litre, bi-turbo V6 engine delivering 377 kW and 600 N.m. The claimed top speed is 306 km/h and the dash to 100 km/h is 3,8 seconds.
The sex appeal expected of an expensive, high-performance Italian car drips from the Giulia’s every curve. The Quadrifoglio upgrade piles on the pheromones with a snarling front bumper, a massive diffuser straddled by Ferrari-like exhaust tips, and a (painted) carbon-fiber hood and roof. The hardware also arouses. There is a torque-vectoring differential, the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 has Ferrari lineage, and the available Pirelli P Zero Corsa Asimmetrico 2 tires and their ridiculously low 60 treadwear rating promise gut-shifting grip (and also incredibly brief intervals between replacements).
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has officially arrived in South Africa with the four-model line-up starts from R555 000 and runs through to R1,4-million. Alfa Romeo SA brought in 46 units of the Launch and Race Edition models (both based on the range-topping QV), which it says were snapped up “within three days of the order book opening at local dealerships”. The two models were priced at R1 400 000 and R1 600 000, respectively.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Base: R555 000
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super: R625 000
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super (with Stile Pack): R695 000
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafolio Verde: R1 400 000.Included: three-year or 100 000 km warranty and six-year or 100 000 km maintenance plan.