Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Giulia revealed
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26th June, 2015
- Alfa Romeo revert to rear-wheel drive for new mid-size sedan
- Four-wheel drive will be available
- Giulia nameplate returns having laid dormant since the 1970s
- Updated Alfa Romeo badge
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia - sporting the Quadrifoglio badge - was revealed in Italy at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese,
near Milan, on Wednesday as the brand recognises its 105th year of automotive manufacturing.
A.L.F.A. (‘Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili’ - translating to ‘Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company’ in
English) was established on 24th June, 1910.
Distinctive Italian design
The new Giulia encapsulates three elements of Italian design: sense of proportion, simplicity and surface quality.
This is the 'skin' that Alfa Romeo stylists have modelled over the mechanical parts.
In particular, the proportions are based on the technical architecture of the car: for Alfa Romeo the key elements
were the 50/50 weight balance and rear-wheel drive. In order to balance the weight accordingly, the engine and the
mechanical parts are arranged between the two axles. This is why the Giulia has very short overhangs, a long bonnet and
front guards, a retracted passenger compartment 'settled' on the drive wheels and rear guards which visually mark the
point where power is put onto the road. All this translates into a generous wheelbase – the longest in its category – but
contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view.
A second aspect of the Italian style is 'simplicity' which envelopes what is one of the most complex processes in
industry: designing a car. It is up to style to conceal the complex working parts behind a simple, natural line which
enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. For this reason, the new Alfa Romeo boasts a strong identity
drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and the trefoil
Finally, Italian style is characterised by a high quality surface finish which means making rich, harmonious
reflections across the volumes. The end result is the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, a sculptured shape reminiscent of a big cat
about to pounce. The same inspiration is found inside the car. Everything is clean, essential and centres on the driver,
such as the controls grouped on the small steering wheel designed to adapt to all driving styles. And more. The driver's
position was 'cut' as a fabric with a diagonal tunnel, a slightly undulated dashboard and cleverly oriented instruments.
Engines are another characterising element of an Alfa Romeo. For this reason, a unique engine in terms of technology
and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand, has been made for the Quadrifoglio version.
The six-cylinder turbo petrol delivers 380kW: it can accelerate from 0-to-100km/h in a prompt 3.9 seconds.
A peculiarity of the new Giulia is the astute management of weights and materials to obtain a 50/50 weight
distribution across the two axles. This is fundamental to secure driving excitement and it was reached by tweaking the
lay-out and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.
The suspension set-up is essential for optimal ride as well as weight distribution. In particular, a multilink
solution ensuring top performance, driving pleasure and comfort has been chosen for the rear axle. On the front, a new
double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee
rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the constant caster trail on corners and can tackle high
lateral acceleration as a result of the 'footprint'.
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As an of the Alfa Romeo engineering culture, the design, build and the choice of materials for the chassis and
suspension was crucial. As a consequence, it was decided that electronics should only be used to enhance an
driving experience already guaranteed by excellent base mechanicals.
This is demonstrated by the exclusive technical solutions present on the new car, like Torque Vectoring with a double
clutch to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately. In this manner, power
transmission to the road is improved in low grip conditions. So spirited driving is always fun without ever having to run
up against an invasive stability control system. The Integrated Brake System – an innovative electromechanical system
which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake.
Together with an excellent Cx, a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the Giulia offers an
Active Aero Splitter - a front system which actively manages downforce for higher performance and better grip at high
speed. These state-of-the-art systems are all controlled by Chassis Demand Control, the 'brains' of the on-board
electronics which assigns tasks to optimise performance and driving pleasure.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia also features a renewed Alfa 'DNA' which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to
the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an
Alfa Romeo) and, naturally, Racing (on high-performance versions).
The passenger compartment offers quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style
element: the centrality of the driver. All the main controls are incorporated in the steering wheel as on a Formula 1
car, while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector
and the infotainment system.
The best weight-to-power ratio
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To obtain an excellent weight-to-power ratio, Alfa Romeo Giulia combines engine performance and the ample use of
ultralight materials throughout. For example, carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft, the bonnet and the roof
and aluminium was picked for the engine, brakes, suspension (including front domes and front and rear frames), in
addition to many other body components, such as the doors and the guards. Furthermore, the rear crossmember is made of
aluminium composite and plastic.
In order to decrease the total weight, the braking system was tweaked using aluminium elements and carbon ceramic
discs and the seats have a carbon fibre structural frame. Despite all this weight optimisation, the car boasts the best
torsional rigidity in its class to guarantee quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of
FCA Australia President and CEO Pat Dougherty, as expected, has confirmed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia is coming to
Stay tuned to Next Car for local specifications, prices and release details in due course.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.