BMW M3's Rival Unveiled: Alfa Romeo Giulia With 510 Horses
|   Friday, July 10, 2015
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia was officially presented at the museum of the company, "La macchina del tempo". The long-awaited model is reviving the name of the compact sedan from the 60s and 70s, but with a dose of raw aggressiveness.

The design is spectacular and very aggressive and tries to intimidate several models with which it is going to compete. The Italian spirit persists in every line of the Giulia, but in this model we have a dose of Germanic character too, which its predecessor, Alfa Romeo 159, does not have.
Another difference from the model 159 is the rear-wheel drive.

This time, those of Alfa Romeo shall join the big league players in the premium segment, and the flagship model, Giulia Quadrifoglio, will compete with models such as the BMW M3 (431 hp) and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S (510 hp ). Obsiously, the Giulia Quadrifoglio will be offered with a V6 twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine rated at 510 hp on which Ferrari engineers have worked! Having a weight of approximately 1,500 kg, the top version will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

Giulia boasts the best torsional stiffness in its class, the technical platform being derived from that of another sibling with with noble blood, Maserati Ghibli, which means that Giulia is the first Alfa sedan with rear propulsion in the last two decades. All-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

The rear suspension entitled Alfalink, is constructed entirely of aluminum and is completely independent for top grade agility. The steering system of the car will be assisted, unlike the present one on the 4C, but Alfa promises a feeling at least as impressive.

The weight-power ratio, will also be one of the best in the segment. Alfa claims that the Giulia boasts an ideal value of 3 kg per horsepower, and the top model QV (Quadrofoglio Green) will weigh just 1500 kg. For comparison, the BMW M3 tallies 1580 kg, and Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG 1640 kg. Another goal achieved by the Italian engineers is a perfect 50-50 front-rear distribution of weight.

The secret lies in the massive use of high-tech ultra-light materials. Aluminum is used for the suspension, doors, wings, bodywork supporting frames and stirrups, carbon fiber for the hood, roof, the cardan shaft and seat frames respectively, plastic reinforced with carbon fibers for the transverse arm rear axle. The QV super sports models are equipped with standard ceramic brakes.

Sprinting from 0 to 100 km / h is estimated to take only 3.9 seconds. The BMW M3 boasts a time of 4.1 seconds and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S 4.0 seconds. A Torque Vectoring system works in tandem with the rear differential to provide ideal flow of torque between the drive wheels.

Although Alfa officials have been reluctant to announce the other versions, the Giulia can be ordered in a full range of diesel and petrol turbo engines with four and six cylinders. The bridge between the classic versions will be 1750 TBi turbo unit, expected to provide no less than 300 hp.

Alfa Giulia will be produced in Italy. The development of this model is part of the brand's recovery plan worth 5 billion euro, 500 million being committed to the new engine plant at Termoli. In terms of sales, those from Alfa want an annual target of 400,000 units in a maximum of three years, for the entire brand.
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