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Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia the car the Ghibli should have been?
After it’s recent debuted in June and first appearance at the Frankfurt motor show automotive journalists and enthusiasts have been in love with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. The top of the line Guilia Quadrifoglio is equipped with a Twin turbo charged V6 similar too the Ghibli SQ4, but with a 510 Horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque . Reportedly reaching 0-62 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 191MPH. The vehicles are in different classes of course, the Ghibli is a mid size sedan competing against the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes E-Class. While the Guilia Is competing with the likes of the BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG, and Cadillac ATS-V. It seams like the Giulia may be able too dethrone the BMW M3. The official Nürburgring time of 7:39: which is 9 seconds faster then the M4..
Alfa Romeo and Maserati are both part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) which makes me think why wasn’t this the Ghibli or is it a look into the future of improvements of what could come too the Ghibli in 2018? The guila has some serious hardware behind it also “the platform of the Giulia is a new design. It will eventually underpin most of Alfa Romeo’s upcoming lineup. For the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the platform incorporates double wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link setup in the rear. Thanks to some aluminum and even carbon fiber in the construction, the Giulia Quadrifoglio weighs in at just 3,360 lbs and has a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. Carbon ceramic brakes and carbon fiber front seats from Sparco are also available.
A special driving mode selector called the Chassis Domain Control controls a number of the chassis systems such as the torque vectoring between the rear wheels, the active front splitter, plus the suspension, brakes, steering and stability systems. The various modes include Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency and Race.” Sounds like the recipe of some amazing driving dynamics too me. FCA has also improved on the cabin tech “In the cabin, the main controls, including the start button, are incorporated in the steering wheel. A display screen at the top of the dash displays most of the information, with the driver relying on a rotary dial and pad as well as voice recognition to control various functions. The Connect 3D Nav feature allows full connectivity with all mobile devices running Apple iOS and Android operating systems, while the navigation system employs high-resolution 3D TomTom maps and Dead Reckoning technology to compensate for areas with poor GPS reception. The premium audio system is from Harman Kardon and features 14 speakers.”
Most are already speculating this vehicle to be a hit and sell very well. Journalists are drooling over it and it’s getting much more attention then the Ghibli in its early days. I like the stats, performance, and cabin tech not sure about the looks. Something about the front seams off too me I’m sure it will sell like hot cakes in the European market not sure about the US only time will tell. I just feel like this is what the Ghibli should have been. Take everything here in a mid sized package and wrap it in that sexy Italian sheet metal and luxurious Italian leather then the Ghibli would have been on the car one can only dream of.