Alfa Romeo Returns with a Giulia

Despite the last 30 years being quite tough on Alfa Romeo's reputation, its 100-year existence is decorated with epic moments of creating impossibly beautiful shapes. Now, there is a pretty new model that’s just gone on sale

It also happens to be the one brand that has successfully styled mass market vehicles with equal verve of penning an exotic. Like the word ‘Bella’, we learn that Giulia is also an expression for ‘beautiful woman’ while Giulietta, essentially its hatchback sidekick, equates to ‘beautiful young woman’.

Never one to disappoint, the look of the new girl is understated yet fluid and artistic to the keen eye. The rear is unmistakably Maserati Ghibli and it’s available in two engine flavours; a 147kW and 330Nm turbo four-pot motor and a 2,9-litre Bi-turbo V6 Quadrifoglio Verde (QV). It could easily be the car which rekindles the love between the brand and the lost Alfisti. It’s a completely new and lighter rear-wheel drive platform underneath there. New imaginations for both a minimalist cabin and textures combined with a notable sharpness in its steering plus composure during point-to-point driving evidence that’s the perfectionist driver’s car.

That QV is jolly fast! Its engine is co-developed with Ferrari and packs 375kW and 600Nm under your right foot (cue in apt expletives right here). It’s also married to an 8-speed automatic transmission for right hand drive markets while the leftists have the option of a 6-speed manual. It pulsates with excitement and with its swollen flanks hiding massive 19-inch wheels; front and boot-lid spoiler and a quartet of exhaust bazookas protruding out the back, there really isn’t much to cover its brutishness.

Alfa Romeo claims a blistering 3,9 seconds for the dash to 100km/h and top speed is governed at an unbelievable 307 km/h. When asked of its speed potential with the limiter off, the reply is both vague and earth-shattering; about 320km/h. This is a supercar in regular looking slacks. Pacing it at a private race track out in Franschhoek, Western Cape, the QV tackles bends like a champion thoroughbred, poised and thrusting forward with great might.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The regular ‘beauty’ with its smaller heart is also quite the pearl. It’s good for 6,6 seconds to 100km/h while top speed is a relatively civilized 235km/h. Compare it to both to BMW’s 320i and Mercedes-Benz’s C200, Alfa Romeo’s product planners have tried to load ample standard kit from the base car to Super and Stile specification packs. Regardless of spec, there is a host of tech expected in D-segment alternatives such as stop/start found in there, and they drive exceptionally well. All models are quite spacious on the inside and have a deep boot while their hushed cabins boast handsome digital presentations. Where the QV is concerned, first you must have it in white, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) says it’ll explore the introduction of an AWD version. The company hopes to sell about 50 units a year to keep that exclusivity polish glittering.

Pricing

2.0 Base – R555 000

2.0 Super – R625 000

2.0 Stile –  R695 000

2.9 Quadrifoglio Verde – R1 400 000