A new report out of Europe suggests Alfa Romeo is planning to launch a 350 horsepower version of the Giulia sedan in the United States. Known as the Giulia Veloce, the amped up version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will help bridge the 225 horsepower gap between the base car and the 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio.
According to documentation referenced in the report, the Giulia Veloce will be powered by a high-output version of the base Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In the base car the engine generates 280 horsepower, so a jump to 350 is not unrealistic from a modern turbo four. The documentation also asserts the Veloce will come to the U.S. in all-wheel-drive format with an automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is offered as a $2,000 option on the base Giulia.
Alfa has already confirmed a Giulia Veloce for the European market, but that announcement only referenced visual changes to the car.
News of the quicker four-cylinder stems from a Dutch tuning shop, which reported it had a hotter version of the Giulia. Since then documentation has been discovered confirming disc brakes for a 350 horsepower version of the car, as well as other references.
Suffice to say, Alfa Romeo seems to be starting off its bid for success in the U.S. on a very solid footing.