LA Auto Show: Alfa Romeo unleashes US-bound Giulia

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s Alfa Romeo unit has decided the US market should be treated to a new model and introduced during the Californian event the US-specification Giulia midsize sedan. The attached pics depict the hot flagship – the Quadrifoglio – but the Alfa Romeo release also mentioned the customers should expect the base model to come with an entirely new four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline mill churning out 276 bhp (206 kW). The MultiAir2 engine is all-aluminum and has a twin-scroll turbocharger, with the Giulia offered in rear-wheel drive or AWD variants. The big bad wolf QV is coming with a bigger six-cylinder 2.9-liter boasting 505 bhp (377 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque delivered to the asphalt through a short-shifting six-speed manual. That would be good to jump to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds hit a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) – with Alfa also reminding us the model completed the famed Nurburgring journey in 7:39 thanks to the almost flawless 50:50 weight distribution and best-in-class 7 lbs (3.2 kg) per horsepower power-to-weight ratio. With RWD and AWD options, the QV flagship is expected to come first to the United States during the second quarter of 2016, with pricing starting at “around” $70,000 MSRP. The model boasts 19-inch forged alloy wheels mated to Pirelli P Zero Corsa high-performance tires and at an additional cost can also be fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes for a swift 60 mph full stop in 102 feet (31 meters).