From a distance, at certain angles, you may think you’re looking at a BMW 3-Series. Upon closer inspection, however, you find a car that is far more dynamic looking than a 3-Series and has a more impressive spec sheet. It’s also not a car from Germany; it’s from Italy. The car is Alfa Romeo’s new midsize sedan and one of the car’s that will mark the return of the Italian premium brand to the U.S. market.
There’s no question that Alfa’s design language is polarizing. Their triangular front grilles and headlamps that look like the eyes of your most pissed off enemy are certainly unique design traits that definitely remove any anonymity. The Giulia is no different, with its bold front face and an overall body language that reeks of premium performance. Those premium cues come in the form of some borrowed traits from Germany, such as c-pillar and wheel well designs that remind us of the 3-Series. Giulia’s exterior basically has premium cues mixed with Alfa’s signature look, and it works really well.
While the exterior may be enough to get one’s attention, the mechanics of this beast will maintain it. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is already staking claim to being the fastest four-door sedan around the Nurmburgring at 7:39 thanks to its 2.9-liter V-6. The twin-turbo mill churns out 505 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque, with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. All of that power funnels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Quadrifoglio also sports carbon ceramic brakes with dual calipers in back, and Active Suspension that adapts to driving conditions. Active Suspension’s behavior depends on what mode is selected in Alfa DNA Pro, which is the brand’s fancy term for describing a drive mode selector. The drive mode can be changed with the turn of a knob on the center console, which is housed within the attractive Giulia interior.
Giulia features a simple interior design with very high material quality. Real leather and carbon fiber are abundant in this cabin with very classy contrast stitching throughout. The only questionable trait here is the carbon fiber seatbacks, which teeter on the line of being gaudy in an otherwise tasteful interior. The car’s Sparco racing seats also prove comfortable and look good (from the front view).
To sum this car up: it was by far the favorite of the LA Auto Show for us this year. The Quadrifoglio will go on sale in Summer 2016 with a base price of around $70,000, which honestly feels like a very reasonable price point for the content and performance level. Those wishing to have the attractive design of the Giulia without the performance punch can make due with the 276 horsepower base car, which will run around $40,000.