A lot of soul against German Perfection

Balocco ( Italy ), June 24, 2015

With a loud bang Alfa Romeo has hoisted yesterday in Milan back to the big car stage. The midsize sedan Giulia will compete with some very interesting solutions to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Jaguar XE and Audi A4 as of spring 2016.

510-horsepower Ferrari V6

Are too many information 's not yet, but what do you know, sounds pretty impressive. The only previously confirmed drive variant is a 3.0 - liter twin-turbo V6, which was developed in collaboration with Ferrari, 510 hp and designed to accelerate the car in 3.9 seconds to 100 km / h. It is made ​​of aluminum, has a cylinder deactivation and sounds to judge a first mini - tasting by absolutely fantastic.

Driver in the center

Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester stressed once again that the new Giulia will make the driver absolutely in the center. Strong indications are rear or all-wheel drive, an electronic torque vectoring rear axle differential lock, a weight distribution of 50:50 and an extremely ambitious aluminum suspension with double wishbones and half virtual steering axis front and a multi-link rear axle. According to Alfa Romeo Giulia which also has the most direct steering in the segment.

Much carbon in the body

Big trouble ( actually very hard ), the Italians made ​​apparently also in saving weight. Thus, an unusual number of parts ( propeller shaft, hood, roof, seat frame ) made ​​of carbon. Aluminum is on the chassis, the front and rear sub-frame, the doors, the fenders and the brakes are used. The latter have shown the top model Quadrifoglio discs from carbon-ceramic composite material. Alfa speaks of a power to weight ratio of less than three kilograms per hp, which should make the Giulia to a 1,500-kilogram car.

muscular proportions

Visually, it has in Alfa (apart from some unfortunate Arna ) never actually clamped and the new Giulia is no exception. The front gets an active spoiler, which is to increase the output. Otherwise, there are classic power limousine proportions with flared rear wheel arches, short overhangs, the longest wheelbase in its segment and a massive rear diffuser with large and four fat exhaust tailpipes. Especially at the rear a little Maserati Ghibli shines through yet. It is believed that Ghibli and Giulia are also in league with each other technically.

Interior very reduced

The interior is rather reduced, with a start button on the steering wheel and a large " DNA "-Rädchen on the center console. Alfas driving dynamics control is fully re-calibrated and ?? at least in the more powerful versions ?? supplemented by the "race ". Next to it is a round controller for the new infotainment system. Other buttons you are looking mostly in vain, also because the Giulia will largely dispense with the assistance systems madness of German competitors. Very interesting: The exhibited 510-horsepower model fitted with a manual gearbox.

As of spring 2016

More Details ?? also to the other engines ?? are not there yet. Probably four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 1,4,1,8-liter displacement will be used in the more common Giulias which could make between 150 and 300 hp. For this purpose, four and six cylinder diesel with 2.2 and 3.0 liters displacement and similar performance journeyman. The complete range of the new Alfa - bearer of hope will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show ( 17 to 27 September 2015). The launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected for spring 2016. A station wagon version will follow . ( sw )