Sexy red Alfa sneaks in

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL - nick dal­ton edi­tor cars­guide

PARKED on the fore­court out­side Ire­land’s FCA show­room in Mul­grave Rd is the car that is ex­pected to be the mak­ing of Alfa Romeo.

It is the first and, at this stage, only Gi­u­lia for sale in the Far North.

Ire­land’s or­dered a mid-spec Su­per petrol model which is about $73,000 drive away.

It is gor­geous and red too, as only an Alfa should be.

We are un­likely to see the high per­for­mance QV ver­sion, at about $150k, un­less some­one places an or­der.

The Gi­ula Su­per is well equipped with bi-xenon head­lights, leather up­hol­stery and leather steer­ing wheel with alu­minium shift pad­dles, power front seats, satel­lite-nav­i­ga­tion, dig­i­tal ra­dio, cus­tomis­able dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter, 8.8in colour screen, key­less steer­ing wheel-mounted push but­ton start, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol air­con­di­tion­ing, au­to­matic wipers and lights, radar cruise con­trol, eight airbags, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, LED day­time run­ning lights, 18in “Lux­ury De­sign” al­loy wheels, heated front seats, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, Blind Spot Mon­i­tor­ing with Rear Cross Path De­tec­tion and Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing.

A lot of this gear are op­tions on Ger­man ri­vals.

It is pow­ered by a 2-litre four cylin­der en­gine mar­ried to an eight-speed trans­mis­sion

The four-cylin­der turbo with 147kW of power and 330Nm of torque al­lows the rear-wheel driver to reach 100km/h in 6.6 sec­onds and is rated at an eco­nom­i­cal 6L/100km.

Alfa Romeo Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Steve Zan­lunghi said the Gi­u­lia “stands out for its dis­tinc­tive Ital­ian de­sign, ex­pressed through an im­pec­ca­ble sense of pro­por­tion and the so­phis­ti­cated sim­plic­ity and qual­ity sur­faces that craft its unique de­sign”.

“Only Italy could have de­signed the gor­geous Gi­u­lia,” he said.

“We are thrilled to wel­come the Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia sports sedan to Aus­tralia.

“The Gi­u­lia’s com­bi­na­tion of qual­ity, per­for­mance, value and Ital­ian spirit across all mod­els gives Aus­tralians some­thing truly unique and ex­hil­a­rat­ing in the pre­mium sports sedan mar­ket.”

There are five mod­els in the line-up.

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