Ciao bella! That’s exactly what Italian auto manufacturer Alfa Romeo hopes drivers will say when they get a glimpse of their newest model, the Giulia.
Alfa Romeo built the Giulia in hopes of tempting potential car buyers away from luxury rivals like BMW, Cadillac, and Lexus. While early reviews on the performance of the Giulia are still percolating, everyone agrees that Alfa Romeo hit a home run in the design department.
The development of the Giulia has been a clandestine project the likes of which would make the CIA jealous. Alfa Romeo basically locked their engineers and design team in a basement and didn’t let them out for two years. To maintain secrecy of the car’s development, a team of “Skunks” was hired to work for Alfa Romeo on the newest Giulia model. The “Skunks”, are a group of Skunk Works engineers from Lockheed Martin, who worked on top secret government programs in the past. So Alfa Romeo knew this team of experts could be trusted with secrets.
The Giulia was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show late last year and became available for delivery in February. It comes in a few different versions, which range in price from $40,000 to as high as $75,000. Each version offers rear-wheel drive or an optional upgrade to all-wheel drive. Additionally, the Giulia comes in 4 different engine types, which range in size and horsepower. An aluminium, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo charged engine with 276 horsepower is in the standard edition. However, those seeking something with more power can opt for the top end 505 horsepower engine.
As nice as the exterior of the Giulia is, the interior also received much refinement. The Giulia has leather, bucket seats and carbon fiber accent stitching to befit its Italian origins. Also included is a 900-watt Harman Kardon surround sound system with 14 speakers so you can listen to your favorite tunes while cruising down the highway.
Alfa Romeo sure did a wonderful job creating this fine piece of craftsmanship. As Alfa Romeo hoped when they founded this project over 2 years ago, many shoppers will be doing a double take once they feast their eyes on the new Giulia.