The best cars com­ing out in 2017, in­clud­ing Alfa Romeo’s new Gi­u­lia.

PRESENTING THE NEW CARS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OVER THE COM­ING 12 MONTHS, STARTING WITH THE GI­U­LIA – FI­NALLY, AN ALFA ROMEO TO GET EX­CITED ABOUT.

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How long can you live on rep­u­ta­tion alone? Bob Dylan proves it’s pos­si­ble, as does Val Kilmer, even though their re­cent work has been rub­bish. But what about a car brand – how long can it last with­out pro­duc­ing a proper good mo­tor? Alfa Romeo may be a proud Ital­ian mar­que that car­ries the red-blooded essence and chesty growl of Fer­rari (though not the price tag), but it’s been nearly 30 years since it made any kind of ve­hi­cle that in­spired pas­sion. And that’s why these same proud Ital­ians have thrown ev­ery­thing at the new

Gi­u­lia, in­clud­ing a $7bn de­vel­op­ment bud­get and a skunkwork of en­gi­neers poached from Fer­rari and Maserati. This new model is a rear-drive pre­mium sedan that will at­tempt to challenge the in­dus­try’s pop­u­lar com­peti­tors like the Mercedes C-class, Audi’s A4 and even BMW’S bru­tal M3. Thank­fully, the signs are promis­ing. Its design is far more mus­cu­lar and overt than any­thing out of Ger­many, and it comes in an en­tic­ing range of light­weight en­gines, in­clud­ing the 150kw 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol unit, 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel and the Quadri­foglio, pow­ered by a 380kw and 600Nm bi-turbo V6. The en­gine note and ex­haust bark are stri­dent and loud, and the Quadri­foglio is supremely fast – mind-bog­glingly fast, in fact, sprint­ing to 100km/h in just 3.9 sec­onds. That’s a 10th faster than BMW’S M3 or the Mercedes-amg C 63 – with the Gi­u­lia also re­port­edly within whiskers of the old Fer­rari 458 Italia around the legendary Nur­bur­gring. The ride, han­dling, steer­ing and eight-speed gear­box are also rated highly, with a sense that some of Italy’s best minds have been tin­ker­ing away in the back­ground. In­side, the cabin fea­tures strong leather, car­bon fi­bre and metal ac­cents. It’s a re­strained and quite Ger­man feel­ing – even if the usual tech doesn’t hit Ger­man stan­dards. The Alfa badge brings with it a lot of love and it’s clear that the Gi­u­lia is go­ing to be a very com­pet­i­tive car – es­pe­cially given the pric­ing. While Alfa Romeo’s Aus­tralian arm is be­ing se­cre­tive about such, you can bet they’ll aim to slightly un­der­cut the Ger­mans at every point, which means around $60,000 at the en­try level, and some­where un­der $140,000 for the Quadri­foglio. If it doesn’t sell, it might be the end of the bro­mance with Alfa Romeo, though all the ev­i­dence sug­gests this will have the mar­que speed­ing back into de­sir­abil­ity.

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