Pictures don’t do the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio justice. As TFL staffer Andre Smirnov put it when he came face to face with the vehicle at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, “when you get close to the car in person, it exudes sexy Italian curves and serious hardware that points to its performance potential.” The most significant piece of said hardware is its Ferrari-derived 2.9L 90-degree twin-turbo V6 with 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which propels the sexy sedan from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and makes it the fastest ever four-door production sedan around the Nurburgring with a 7:39 lap time, according to Alfa Romeo. The transmission will be a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto w/ paddle shifters. For those who are looking for a little less power, if there are any, can wait for the 2.0L turbo 4 that will put out 276 hp. Rear-wheel drive will be standard with an optional AWD setup.
To keep the weight down, Alfa Romeo implemented carbon fiber in the hood, roof, driveshaft, and aero pieces at both ends. Aluminum was used for the doors, fenders, brake calipers, as well as other pieces we couldn’t draw out of the company reps. Carbon-ceramic brake rotors will be an option over the standard cast-iron. Protecting the rotors from getting too much direct sunlight will be 19-inch wheels, 8.5 inches wide up front, 10 in the rear.
Production of the 2017 Giulia begins production for North America in the second quarter of 2016. Potential buyers should plan to part with around $70,000 US according to a press release from the company. This seems like a bargain for an Italian performance sedan with direct ties to Ferrari, let’s keep our fingers crossed dealer markups won’t come into play.
Take a look at this video from the L.A. Auto Show as we get up close and personal with this new Alfa.