The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is equipped with a powerful 510hp six-cylinder 2.9-litre turbo petrol engine, inspired by Ferrari technology and expertise, and becomes the brand's new benchmark. With such a powerful engine, the Giulia Quadrifoglio delivers truly exhilarating performance levels - a top speed of 307 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and peak torque of 600 Nm.
Outstanding performance levels, but in an environmentally-friendly way as always - the Giulia ranks best in its class in terms of emission levels, with 198 grams of CO2 per kilometre. And Alfa Romeo engineers also focused on safety features - the car is designed to brake from 100 km/h to 0 in less than 32 metres.
Genuine Alfa Romeo performance is fitted like a tailor-made garment with a distinctive design that expresses three particular features of Italian style: a sense of proportion, simplicity and surface quality finish. The entire creation pivots around the driver and the promise of an exhilarating driving experience with sensitive steering, responsive acceleration and prompt shifting and braking. Additionally, choosing rear or four-wheel drive is more than just a tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which offers high performance and astounding fun.
A further particularity of the model is the perfect 50/50 weight distribution across the two axles, the sophisticated suspension system (another Alfa Romeo exclusive) and the most direct steering available in the market. The unique, exclusive technical solutions include Torque Vectoring for outstanding stability control, Integrated Brake System to considerably reduce braking distance and Active Aero Splitter for active high-speed downforce management.
Finally, the Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (lower than 3), enabling it to achieve a dry weight of just 1,524 kg.
There are five elements that made Alfa Romeo one of the world's most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, state-of-the-art, innovative engines, perfect 50/50 weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio. These are the essential ingredients to create an Alfa Romeo and which deliver the 'meccanica delle emozioni' (or 'the mechanics of emotions' in English). This distinctive line, used worldwide in Italian only, pays homage to the homeland where the legend was born over a century ago. And today still, the brand carries Italian-made pride on everyday roads, on the most famous race tracks and in the hearts of millions of enthusiasts.
Distinctive Italian design
An Alfa Romeo springs from the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty, making it the ultimate expression of Italian style in the automotive world. The new Giulia is no exception, combining legendary the Italian sense of proportions with simplicity and care for surface quality - this is the 'skin' that Alfa Romeo stylists have modelled with painstaking care on the mechanical parts.
In particular, the proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car: for Alfa Romeo the key elements were the 50/50 weight balance and rear wheel drive. In order to balance the weights perfectly, 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 wings, a retracted passenger compartment 'settled' on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road.
All this translates into a very generous wheelbase - the longest in its category - contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. Furthermore, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car, creating a 'drop-shaped' profile that is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
A second aspect of Italian style is simplicity, which shrouds what is in fact one of the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. It is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line that enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. This approach permeates the entire history of Alfa Romeo, and is expressed via clean, streaming streaks as always. For this reason, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia boasts a strong identity drawn in a few simple strokes - a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, possibly the most famous, recognisable style element in automotive history.
Finally, Italian style is characterised by high quality surface finish which means creating rich, harmonious reflections. The end result is the new Giulia, a statuesque shape reminiscent of a big cat just about to spring. The same inspiration is found inside the car. Everything is clean, essential and revolves around the driver, like the controls grouped on the small, direct steering wheel designed to adapt to all driving styles. The driver's position was 'cut' as a fabric with a diagonal tunnel, a slightly undulated dashboard and cleverly oriented instruments which convey the impression of a tailor-made suit with hand-crafted care and premium materials: carbon fibre, wood and fabrics are chosen for their visual and tactile pleasantness and assembled to make the human touch visible.
Last but not least, a special mention goes to the front and rear light clusters of the Giulia that are made by Magneti Marelli in collaboration with Alfa Romeo. A combination of style excellence and technology, the LED rear light clusters enhance the rear end in a uniquely distinctive way. Similarly, design and ergonomics characterise the headlights, utiising Xenon technology with a 35W module that increases light flux and light diffusion with energy saving to increase night visibility by 200% compared to normal halogen headlights.
Furthermore, they guarantee greater safety, because obstacles can be seen at least a second earlier, which is equal to an advantage of 28 metres of braking distance when travelling at 50 km/h - the headlights also use AFS technology, while the daylight running lights (DRL), cornering lights, side lights and direction indicators use LED technology for better fuel efficiency and maximum performance.
State-of-the-art, innovative engines
State-of-the-art, innovative engines are another characterising element of a genuine 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 created for the Quadrifoglio version.
The six-cylinder turbo petrol tuned by engineers with Ferrari background delivers 510hp and torque in excess of 600 Nm for exhilarating performance: for example, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds, and carries on effortlessly to its top speed of 307 km/h.
And although the horsepower and torque values are exceptional, the unprecedented engine is also best in class in terms of emission levels (198 g/km of CO2) and is surprisingly cheap to run, thanks to its electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system. And like all next-generation engines, this 6-cylinder is entirely made of aluminium to minimise the car's absolute weight, especially on the front axle, for a genuine Alfa Romeo roar.
Perfect weight distribution
A particular feature of the new Giulia is the astute management of weights and materials to obtain a perfect 50/50 distribution across the two axles. Achieving this was essential to ensure that the typical Alfa Romeo driving satisfaction which was reached by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.
Innovative, exclusive technical solutions
As a further expression of the Alfa Romeo engineering culture, the design, the build and the choice of materials of the chassis and the suspensions are always perfect. As a consequence, it was decided that electronics should only be used to make the driving experience that’s guaranteed by the excellent basic mechanics even more exhilarating.
This is demonstrated by the exclusive technical solutions present on the Giulia, like Torque Vectoring with a twin clutch to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately, meaning that power transmission to the road is improved in low grip conditions.
So, the driving is safe and fun without the driver ever running up against invasive stability control systems. The Integrated Brake System (IBS) - the innovative electromechanical system that combines stability control - and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances in addition to the all-important weight optimisation, pedal vibration reduction and braking performance - has been introduced on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.