Alfa Romeo Brings Italian Style, Craftmanship, to U.S. Buyers

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Get ready, because there are a lot of words coming your way that you’ll probably have no idea how to pronounce. Alfa and Romeo don’t present much of a problem, but some you might stumble on include Giulia, Internazionale, and Quadrifoglio.

We’re talking, of course, about Alfa Romeo’s new lineup of the Giulia midsize sedan, which will finally be available for purchase in the United States. We will get the base Giulia trim, the Giulia Ti, and the top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Prices start at reasonable levels, but the Quadrifoglio will be as hard to afford as it is to say.

Pricing for the long-anticipated Giulia sedan was released yesterday. The Italian four-door will arrive with a base cost at $38,990 (after $995 destination). The Ti (Turismo Internazionale) sits in the middle of the lineup at $40,990. The duo will come to dealers this January.

Customers can add Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system to either of the trims for an extra $2,000.

If you must have your Giulia fix right away, you’ll need to spring for the range-topping Quadrifoglio, which starts at $73,595 (after $1,595 destination) and is available this month.

Both the standard Giulia and Ti come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque that gets them to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. The Quadrifoglio uses a 505-hp 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 that can sprint to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s faster than many sports cars on the market today. In fact, a Quadrifoglio lapped the Nürburgring in 7:32 earlier this year and set a new record for a production sedan.

Aside from speed, these new Alfas all come with the expected amenities of a luxury performance car. You get leather, 10-way adjustable power seats, bi-xenon headlights, and more. The Ti adds wood trim, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats along with the option of buying a performance package that includes adaptive suspension.

The Quadrifoglio has even more performance-oriented amenities. Buyers get a carbon fiber front splitter, hood, roof, and rear spoiler. The sedan also gets the adaptive suspension along with a torque-vectoring differential. The cabin gets a leather-wrapped dashboard, sport seats, and carbon fiber trim.

There’s also the options of purchasing Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon fiber Sparco seats, for those who don’t believe $73,000 is enough to spend on a sport sedan.

Will these new Alfa Romeos find their niche in America? I think so. The lower trims are priced fairly and provide a style no other carmaker can match. That, plus exotic Italian looks and spirited performance should translate to a win for Alfa Romeo.

Which Alfa Romeo Giulia trim would you test-drive?

-tgriffith

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