Old love does not rust
The new Giulia Alfa Romeo is at dealerships in Germany in a few week. The Fiat subsidiary with the Giulia to alter strength wants to start with new concept, old brand values and new. Alfa Romeo has great times, but also spectacular failure behind them, like our review shows. The Giulia is to return the brand to old heights.
Especially in China and the United States Alfa Romeo wants to generate future growth. The Foundation of success to form the brand history in addition to convincing new vehicles. For the Giulia a simple exercise. The series is regarded as mother of all athletic mid-size sedans.
On June 27, 1962, the first Giulia befitting entered the international car platform. 4.14 m long sedan premiered in the "Autodromo di Monza", the traditional Italian Grand Prix circuit in the Royal Park of Monza just outside Milan. The choice of the premiere stage was program. The Giulia should provide access to a target group of young car and economic miracle children, who demanded more of her car as a pure means of transport. This target group bypassed the brand seit1955 already successfully, as the Giulietta was published. Giulia should now replace Giulietta. More spacious and more powerful. Until 1964, Alfa Romeo built both series in parallel.
The design of the Giulia impressed immediately with clean straight lines. The Luftwwiderstandsbeiwert of 0.34 (VW Beetle: 0.54) was as groundbreaking as the reinforced safety cell for the passengers and the defined Crashzonen in the front and rear for the time in car body construction. The four-cylinder with the two overhead camshafts, Alfa had developed for the Giulietta with 1.3-liter displacement in the 1950s proved to be an ideal drive for the Giulia. In the interests of the distance to the smaller Giulietta, developers enlarged displacement to 1.6 liters.
The premiere mobilized the Giulia ti 66 kW / 90 HP at 6000 revolutions per minute (RPM). Enough to drive the 1070 heavy four-door car with 170 km/h top speed. 501 specimens of 1963 featured top version 1600 Giulia ti Super had over 82 kW / 112 PS, the 190 km/h maximum speed allowed. in 1963 it was a range of services, which brought the trade magazine "auto, motor und sport" to the conclusion: "Superiority, which you may use only in moderation, if one wants to scare not the other road users."
Alfa Romeo train extended the offer to train with new engine variants. in 1974 a comprehensive facelift was performed the Giulia a flatter rear and the new label "Nuova Super" with. in 1978, the hitherto most successful model of the manufacturer's production ended after 16 years and 572 646 units. This still 225 215 added Giulia Sprint GT, the Coupé version of the Giulia himself.
Between 1977 and 1985, the second generation of the Giulietta the role of Giulia took over. Alfa Romeo had settled 1972 the Alfetta as series above the Giulia, which remained as a sedan and Coupé in the program until 1984. The design of 4.21 meters long Giulietta with their extreme wedge shape polarized sustainably. The entry level 1.3 litre mobilized 70 kW / 95 HP, the 1.6-liter 80 kW / 109 HP. 1979 followed by the 1.8-liter with 90 kW / 122 HP and a year later the two-liter with 96 kW / 130 HP. Last but not least for the Italian market, which rose a strong luxury tax for vehicles from two liters of displacement, a top version with turbocharger and 125 was built between 1983 and 1987 kW / 170 HP.
in 1985 ended the era of the Alfetta. Played the role of the mid-size sedan in the same year of the Alfa 75. The fracture in the name should conjure up the tradition of the brand. 1985 Alfa Romeo celebrated its 75th anniversary. Meanwhile, Fiat took over the Director in Milan. That's why Alfa, especially since the 75 is considered under the Alfisti of 75, which arose under the old management, (for now) last real still relied on the classic rear-wheel drive. The 4.33 m long sedan continued the concept of consistent wedge shape, because it had established itself in the meantime as a style-setting. The rather uninspired design of the Interior with boring forms and way too much hard plastic wanted to watch but not quite to the Topend. Drive side fulfilled this demand without a doubt of the 2.5-liter V6, which with 115 kW / 156 HP joined as a top model "Quadrofolio Verde" (QV). in 1987, followed a three-liter V6 136 kW / 185 HP.
The 1987 introduced new two-liter four-cylinder with dual ignition and 145 HP drew the bow as the successor of the Alfa 75. From 1992 onwards, the Alfa 155 represented the brand in the middle class. The 4.46 meters long four-door the bottom group was shared with various Fiat and Lancia models. What resented him many fans, especially since had to take over the front drive of 155 group see reason. The two "twin-spark" four-cylinder mobilized 95 kW / 129 HP and 106 kW / 144 HP, the 2.5-liter V6 came to 121 kW / 165 HP. A supercharged two-liter 190 HP turbo diesel with 90 took over the role of top model, or 125 PS complemented the drive portfolio.
Breathe through the series of the Alfisti went in 1997 as the successor of the 155 was released. The 156 convinced right off the bat with a beautiful body, for which Walter da Silva, of the later Chief Designer of the VW Group was responsible. The engine program of his predecessor, essentially took over the 156. in 2002 the top model kW a 3.2-liter V6 with 184 156 GTA then received / 250 HP. Between 2000 and 2005, the "Sportwagon" as combination added the series.
With a careful revision of the successful da Silva concept was the Alfa Design Centre "Centro styles Alfa" from 2005 the successor to 159 in scene. The sedan increased significantly to 4.66 meters could in terms of design quite succeed. Eight different engines harnessed the power arc of 120 to 260 HP. but Bacon had collected powerful Julia's Mr at the hips and familiar with the top engine option now on a V6 3.2 liter capacity with 191 kW / 260 HP from General Motors. He descended from the Australian GM subsidiary Holden. What was missing the engine revving and power delivery, made up for it with heavy thirst.
Forget everything and as Alfa Romeo fervently hopes - also awarded. The new Giulia set your clocks to zero in Milan. As recently at the Alfa 75 power the first four engines available now again all four wheels the rear wheels, in the case of the QV. While the three diesel engines cover a range from 100 kW / 136 HP to 132 kW / 180 HP. The top model QV occurs with 375 kW / 510 HP's. In the course of the year follow two petrol 147 kW / 200 PS with 206 kW / 280 HP. 33.100 euro must invest at least who wants to find out whether it is managed for Giulia again to find their roots.