ITALIAN STALLION: Giulia a much-awaited replacement for 159 sedan, but Quadrifoglio version breaks new ground for Alfa in Australia
ITALIAN STALLION: Giulia a much-awaited replacement for 159 sedan, but Quadrifoglio version breaks new ground for Alfa in Australia

Stunning Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio hunts down BMW M3

NOW that you've peeled your eyes away from the rather delightful picture, I can tell you it's the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.

And there's plenty of good news attached.

Firstly - and most importantly - it's confirmed for Australia.

Secondly, the car pictured is the Quadrifoglio version, bringing 380kW and extensive use of carbon fibre and aluminium, translating to an M3-beating 0-100kmh time of 3.9-seconds.

The Giulia name has been revived by Alfa from the much-loved sporting sedans of the 1960s and 1970s, and this new version is a long-awaited replacement for the achingly gorgeous 159 compact executive that left us in 2012.

Alfa says the Giulia range will come in rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive layout and feature 50/50 weight distribution, while claiming it will have the best torsional rigidity and longest wheelbase in its class, and the most direct steering on the market.

LIGHTWEIGHT: Extensive use of carbon and aluminium gives the Quadrifoglio a superb power to weight ratio
LIGHTWEIGHT: Extensive use of carbon and aluminium gives the Quadrifoglio a superb power to weight ratio

Included in the gushing press statement heavy on superlatives but light on detailed information, we learn the Quadrifoglio engine is "tuned by engineers with Ferrari" while remaining "surprisingly fuel-efficient".

No details were given on other powerplants the Giulia will feature, nor were there pictures of the car's cabin.

Exactly what Quadrifoglio goodies will make it into the more attainable Giulias is also unclear, but tempters include an Integrated Brake System with carbon ceramic discs, an Active Aero Splitter up front to actively manage downforce, a Chassis Demand Control unit and main controls incorporated in the steering wheel as seen in Formula 1.

Weight saving for the Quadrifoglio includes a carbon fibre prop shaft, bonnet and roof, while aluminium is used for the engine, brakes, suspension, doors and wings.

As in other Alfas, the Giulia will feature the DNA system where drivers can manually switch between Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficient modes.

For high-performance versions (let's include the Quadrifoglio in that), a Racing setting will also feature.

And the exterior design? Well, it's a sporting Alfa featuring the brand's distinctive 'trefoil' nose and some rather appealing curves, so there's no shame in wanting one.

We may not see the new Giulia in Australia until deep into 2016, but let's hope the waiting list doesn't turn out to be as long as that of Alfa's oversubscribed 4C.

REAR OF THE YEAR? It's very quick and very good looking, but will its waiting list trump the desirable 4C?
REAR OF THE YEAR? It's very quick and very good looking, but will its waiting list trump the desirable 4C?

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