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The 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia: The most important Alfa to date

[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]’ll get this out of the way first. It’s Italian, it’s driven by the rear wheels, and lastly it is red. Alfa Romeo just released some of the details on their new 2016 Giulia sedan and they are everything they need to be. Alfa Romeo is depending on their new Giulia sedan, as it’s the most important Alfa to debut in a very long time. Alfa Romeo is aiming high with their new car, a market they seemingly always fall short from, the sport sedan market.

brian2With an entirely new design architecture, the Giulia signifies a few new changes for the Alfa brand entirely. It is the first rear driven sedan the company has made in decades and a class standard. The new chassis will boast a 50/50 weight distribution and will be available with all-wheel drive as an option. Details are scant, but Alfa divulged info on their top tier, M4 killing, Giulia Quadrifoglio. Five hundred and ten bhp from a Ferrari tuned, Ghibli V6 blown by twin exhaust driven boost machines. Zero to 60 is estimated at 3.9 seconds for those who read the spec sheets, though if it sounds half like anything Alfa is known for, the sound alone will sell units. Other standard segment features will include electronic controlled dampers, torque vectoring, and active aerodynamics. Transmission choices are still to be announced, but one can only hope three pedals will be available in any flavor.

brian 3Styling of the new Giulia comes with mixed reviews. Gone are the handsome curves of the 159 and in their place comes the 3 series-esque shape. It’s a different design language for Alfa albeit not a bad choice. The car features a very sporty and aggressive look to match the sheer passion and sportiness an Alfa demands. Alfa claims the styling was no mistake, as making segment cars appear similar attracts competitive sales. One can only pray that is indeed the case.

The Giulia is designed to sell in volume. By 2018 Alfa Romeo projects 400,000 units sold worldwide, while more importantly 150,000 of those sales will be here in the U.S. That’s right, this will be the first Alfa to introduce the return of Alfa Romeo to U.S. shores since the 1990’s. While it’s true the 8C and the 4C were and are currently sold here, they are extremely low volume cars. The Giulia is the first of eight new models to sell globally, and the most important car for the Italian automaker in over two decades. I’m personally quite excited to see this happen, and I’m already considering the purchase of a Giulia in the future.

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