The new Giulia, with rear-wheel drive, has a distinct design with an obvious Italian flair. The car is expressed through an impeccable sense of proportions, based on the technical architecture, sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces, both inside and out.
On the exterior, the new Giulia stands out for its new light clusters, very short overhangs, a long bonnet and long 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. This silhouette is the result of the implementation of rear-wheel drive and of the engine and mechanical components, which are arranged between the two axles to better balance the masses. All this translates into a very generous wheelbase, the longest in its category, contained in one of the most compact bodies. In addition, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a “drop-shaped” profile. New liveries also emphasize the silhouette: three pastel colors, White, Black and Alfa Red, and eight metallic colors: Vulcano Black, Silverstone Grey, Lipari Grey, Stromboli Grey, Vesuvio Grey, Imola Titanium, Montecarlo Blue and Monza Red. Moreover, there are two exclusive three-coat colors which are available for the Quadrifoglio version: Trofeo White and Competizione Red.
The new Giulia 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 renowned trefoil nose. Another characteristic trait is quality, which satisfies both sight and touch, and creates rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes of the car.
The interior of the car focuses on driving satisfaction in a clean and essential way: the presence of non-invasive technology can be perceived among the instruments which pivot around the driver. The tunnel is diagonal, the dashboard slightly undulated and the steering wheel, which groups together all the main controls, is small and straightforward. The whole package is framed by the fines materials, picked for their tactile and visual impact and assembled with hand-crafted care. Depending on variant, 8.8-inch Connect 3D Nav and 3.5-inch or 7-inch color instrument panel cluster, organized over four screens, are available.
Further particularities of the new Giulia include the outstanding weight distribution across the two axles, the suspension system featuring exclusive AlfaLink technology and the most direct steering in its segment. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fiber, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (less than 3 in the Quadrifoglio version). The excellent weight distribution between the two axles required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.
The ideal weight-to-power ratio was achieved by using ultralight materials. Carbon fiber was chosen for the propeller shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension system, brakes, doors, wheel arches and bonnet. The extensive use of ultralight materials led to an unladen weight of 1,374 kg for the 2.2-liter diesel version. The reduced weight does not affect the torsional rigidity that guarantees quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress.
The Quadrifoglio version with 510 HP 2.9-liter V6 BiTurbo petrol engine has an unladen weight of 1,524 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of 2.99 kg/HP. These extraordinary results were achieved by extending the use of carbon fiber also to the roof, bonnet, front splitter and rear Nolder, and to the side inserts of the skirts too. The weight of the Quadrifoglio version can be further reduced using two components which are available upon request: carbon ceramic brake discs and Sparco seats with a carbon fiber rear structural frame.
In keeping with Alfa Romeo traditions, the new Giulia offers unique technical solutions. The more sophisticated features include the Integrated Brake System (IBS) for considerably reducing braking distance, from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 m for the Giulia and in 32 m for the Quadrifoglio, and active suspension for exceptional comfort. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, the Torque Vectoring technology affords outstanding torque distribution between the two wheels on the rear axle, and the Alfa Active Aero Splitter actively manages downforce at high speed. Other embedded technical solutions are: the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB), Alfa Active Aero Splitter (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio), Alfa DNA and Alfa DNA Pro (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio), Alfa Chassis Domain Control, Suspension system with exclusive AlfaLink technology.