The wait is over. Alfa Romeo finally revealed 2016 Giulia on June of 24th. A four-door sedan that marks the rebirth of Alfa Romeo. Moreover, the middle-size sedan is the first rear-wheel-drive car in over 2 decades from the Italian brand after 1992 75. Giulia is prepared to fight with BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. So, what’s new inside the sedan?
Under the hood, Alfa Romeo just unveiled Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) type which has V6 3.0 liter turbocharged and tuned by Ferrari engineers. The powertrain can deliver up to 503 hp. And its performance is 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from 0 km/h. But if the QV model is too fast for you, the automaker will announce lower and slower engines later.
The 159’s replacement has a perfect 50/50 distribution across two axles. Alfa Romeo said that the Giulia using lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, aluminum, aluminum composite and plastic. The result is Giulia has the best weight-to-power ratio at lower than 3kg/hp, and making its weight under 1,530 kg (Alfa Romeo hasn’t announced Giulia’s weight officially). Meanwhile, its chassis is shared some components with Maserati Ghibli and using Multilink suspension at the rear, and a new double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis for more accurate steering at the front.
The four-door sedan gets Torque Vectoring system with a double clutch that enables rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately. The system can improve driving on low grip condition. Other highlight features are Active Aero Splitter and a renewed Alfa Romeo DNA driving mode with 4 options: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient, and Racing.
The exterior design, you can recognize it as an Alfa Romeo from distance. Its triangle grille is still at the front fascia that features aggressive and sporty design. Moreover, there are headlights that’s integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights. Its headlights design with narrow design making the Giulia’s face looked grumpy. The car looks muscular, thanks to sculpted lines that are placed on the hood. At the rear, we can see LED taillights and quad-exhaust. Overall, seems like Alfa Romeo wants to introduce its new design language that is combined with its traditional identity.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Alfa Romeo