The performance version of the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will be priced in Europe from €79,000 to €95,000 (plus relevant country taxes). On current exchange rates, that would see the Italian enter as a competitor to the likes of BMW’s M3 and Mercedes-AMG’s C 63, priced at between $130-150,000 in Australia.
Although no local pricing for the Giulia Quadrifoglio has been announced – considering the car is not expected to go on sale until either late 2016 or even in 2017 - it’s unlikely that Alfa Romeo Australia will price the car higher than the equivalent M3 or C 63 sedan.
The €79,000 model will represent the standard version of the Quadrifoglio, while the additional €16,000 will see the inclusion of carbon ceramic brake discs and ultra-light carbonfibre sport seats.
The top-spec model will be available to order in Europe from today, however the entry-level Giulia Quadrifoglio will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.
It’s unlikely Australian customers will get access to the extra light-version of the car, as that appears to be a limited run for left-hand drive markets.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio, or Giulia QV as it’ll be nostalgically referred to by most, is powered by a 380kW / 600Nm six-cylinder 2.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which the brand says was inspired by Ferrari technology and expertise. The Giulia will be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants.
Alfa Romeo says the Giulia QV managed a lap of the famous Nurburgring racetrack in a staggering 7m 39s. That makes the Alfa not only quicker than all its direct rivals (9 seconds faster than the BMW M4), but makes it the fastest production sedan in the process.
The record laptime also makes it quicker than a Porsche 911 GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo and even a Pagani Zonda S, and equal to a Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The Giulia QV weighs just 1524kg and has a 50:50 weight distribution.
Its performance figures and a drag coefficient of 0.24 see it hit a top speed of 307 km/h, with a power to weight ratio of 2.99kg/hp and a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds. Faster than even the recently launch Mercedes-AMG C 63 S.
When equipped with the carbon brakes, it will stop from 100km/h to in less than 32 meters. Its active aero will see it produce 100kg of downforce at 300km/h.
According to Alfa Romeo, a new Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system will actively manage the chassis, powertrain, suspension, torque vectoring, stability control, braking system and steering in real time. The system controls all the Giulia QV’s onboard electronics.
On the inside the Giulia QV will include a 8.8-inch display integrated in the dashboard coupled to a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The start button resides on the steering wheel, like a Formula 1 car, which Alfa Romeo has an involvement with through the Ferrari team.
More details of the Giulia QV and its Australian specifications are expected in the coming months.
Check our video of the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.