STYLE, EX­CEL­LENCE AND TECH­NOL­OGY

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The Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio is equipped with a pow­er­ful 510hp six­cylin­der 2.9-litre turbo petrol en­gine, in­spired by Fer­rari tech­nol­ogy and ex­per­tise, and be­comes the brand’s new bench­mark. With such a pow­er­ful en­gine, the Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio de­liv­ers truly ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance lev­els - a top speed of 307 km/h, ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 sec­onds and peak torque of 600 Nm.

Out­stand­ing per­for­mance lev­els, but in an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly way as al­ways - the Gi­u­lia ranks best in its class in terms of emis­sion lev­els, with 198 grams of CO2 per kilo­me­tre. And Alfa Romeo en­gi­neers also fo­cused on safety fea­tures - the car is de­signed to brake from 100 km/h to 0 in less than 32 me­tres.

Gen­uine Alfa Romeo per­for­mance is fit­ted like a tailor-made gar­ment with a dis­tinc­tive de­sign that ex­presses three par­tic­u­lar fea­tures of Ital­ian style: a sense of pro­por­tion, sim­plic­ity and sur­face qual­ity fin­ish. The en­tire cre­ation piv­ots around the driver and the prom­ise of an ex­hil­a­rat­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with sen­si­tive steer­ing, re­spon­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion and prompt shift­ing and brak­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, choos­ing rear or four-wheel drive is more than just a trib­ute to the most au­then­tic roots of the Alfa Romeo le­gend: it is also a tech­ni­cal so­lu­tion which of­fers high per­for­mance and as­tound­ing fun.

A fur­ther par­tic­u­lar­ity of the model is the per­fect 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion across the two axles, the so­phis­ti­cated sus­pen­sion sys­tem (an­other Alfa Romeo ex­clu­sive) and the most di­rect steer­ing avail­able in the mar­ket. The unique, ex­clu­sive tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions in­clude Torque Vec­tor­ing for out­stand­ing sta­bil­ity con­trol, In­te­grated Brake Sys­tem to con­sid­er­ably re­duce brak­ing dis­tance and Ac­tive Aero Split­ter for ac­tive high-speed down­force man­age­ment.

Fi­nally, the Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia com­bines ex­tra­or­di­nary en­gine per­for­mance and am­ple use of ul­tra­light ma­te­ri­als, like car­bon fi­bre, alu­minium, alu­minium com­pos­ite and plas­tic, to ob­tain the best weight-to-power ra­tio (lower than 3), en­abling it to achieve a dry weight of just 1,524 kg.

There are five el­e­ments that made

Alfa Romeo one of the world’s most de­sir­able au­to­mo­tive brands: dis­tinc­tive Ital­ian de­sign, state-of-theart, in­no­va­tive en­gines, per­fect 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, unique tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions and the best weight-to-power ra­tio. These are the es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate an Alfa Romeo and which de­liver the ‘mec­ca­nica delle emozioni’ (or ‘the me­chan­ics of emo­tions’ in English). This dis­tinc­tive line, used world­wide in Ital­ian only, pays homage

to the home­land where the le­gend was born over a cen­tury ago. And to­day still, the brand car­ries Ital­ian-made pride on ev­ery­day roads, on the most fa­mous race tracks and in the hearts of mil­lions of en­thu­si­asts.

DIS­TINC­TIVE ITAL­IAN DE­SIGN

An Alfa Romeo springs from the per­fect bal­ance of her­itage, speed and beauty, mak­ing it the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of Ital­ian style in the au­to­mo­tive world.

The new Gi­u­lia is no ex­cep­tion, com­bin­ing leg­endary the Ital­ian sense of pro­por­tions with sim­plic­ity and care for sur­face qual­ity - this is the ‘skin’ that Alfa Romeo stylists have mod­elled with painstak­ing care on the me­chan­i­cal parts.

In par­tic­u­lar, the pro­por­tions are based on the tech­ni­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the en­tire car: for Alfa Romeo the key el­e­ments were the 50/50 weight bal­ance and rear wheel drive. In or­der to bal­ance the weights per­fectly, the en­gine and the me­chan­i­cal parts are ar­ranged be­tween the two axles. This is why the Gi­u­lia has very short over­hangs, a long bon­net and front wings, a re­tracted pas­sen­ger com­part­ment ‘set­tled’ on the drive wheels and mus­cu­lar rear wings which vis­ually mark the point where power is un­leashed onto the road.

All this trans­lates into a very gen­er­ous wheel­base - the long­est in its cat­e­gory - con­tained in one of the most com­pact bod­ies. These pro­por­tions draw the dy­namic shape of an el­lip­sis in plan view. Fur­ther­more, the rounded an­gles and the en­velop­ing pil­lars con­vey mo­men­tum to the car, cre­at­ing a ‘drop­shaped’ pro­file that is rem­i­nis­cent of the Gi­uli­etta Sprint, one of the most beau­ti­ful cars ever made.

A sec­ond as­pect of Ital­ian style is sim­plic­ity, which shrouds what is in fact one of the most com­plex creative pro­cesses in in­dus­try: de­sign­ing a car. It is up to style to con­ceal the long, com­plex work be­hind a sim­ple, nat­u­ral line that en­hances el­e­gant shapes and so­phis­ti­cated Ital­ian taste. This ap­proach per­me­ates the en­tire his­tory of Alfa Romeo, and is ex­pressed via clean, stream­ing streaks as al­ways. For this rea­son, the new Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia boasts a strong iden­tity drawn in a few sim­ple strokes - a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and en­velops the han­dles and, nat­u­rally, the leg­endary tre­foil nose, pos­si­bly the most fa­mous, recog­nis­able style el­e­ment in au­to­mo­tive his­tory.

Fi­nally, Ital­ian style is char­ac­terised by high qual­ity sur­face fin­ish which means cre­at­ing rich, har­mo­nious re­flec­tions.

The end re­sult is the new Gi­u­lia, a stat­uesque shape rem­i­nis­cent of a big cat just about to spring. The same in­spi­ra­tion is found in­side the car. Ev­ery­thing is clean, es­sen­tial and re­volves around the driver, like the con­trols grouped on the small, di­rect steer­ing wheel de­signed to adapt to all driv­ing styles. The driver’s po­si­tion was ‘cut’ as a fabric with a di­ag­o­nal tun­nel, a slightly un­du­lated dash­board and clev­erly ori­ented in­stru­ments which con­vey the im­pres­sion of a tailor-made suit with hand-crafted care and pre­mium ma­te­ri­als: car­bon fi­bre, wood and fab­rics are cho­sen for their vis­ual and tac­tile pleas­ant­ness and as­sem­bled to make the hu­man touch vis­i­ble.

STATE-OF-THE-ART, IN­NO­VA­TIVE EN­GINES

State-of-the-art, in­no­va­tive en­gines are an­other char­ac­ter­is­ing el­e­ment of a gen­uine Alfa Romeo. For this rea­son, a unique en­gine in terms of tech­nol­ogy and per­for­mance, des­tined to be­come the new bench­mark of the brand, has been cre­ated for the Quadri­foglio ver­sion.

The six-cylin­der turbo petrol tuned by en­gi­neers with Fer­rari back­ground de­liv­ers 510hp and torque in ex­cess of 600 Nm for ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance: for ex­am­ple, it ac­cel­er­ates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 sec­onds, and car­ries on ef­fort­lessly to its top speed of 307 km/h.

And al­though the horse­power and torque val­ues are ex­cep­tional, the un­prece­dented en­gine is also best in class in terms of emis­sion lev­els (198 g/ km of CO2) and is sur­pris­ingly cheap to run, thanks to its elec­tron­i­cal­ly­con­trolled cylin­der dis­abling sys­tem.

And like all next-gen­er­a­tion en­gines, this 6-cylin­der is en­tirely made of alu­minium to min­imise the car’s ab­so­lute weight, es­pe­cially on the front axle, for a gen­uine Alfa Romeo roar.

PER­FECT WEIGHT DIS­TRI­BU­TION

A par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of the new Gi­u­lia is the as­tute man­age­ment of weights and ma­te­ri­als to ob­tain a per­fect 50/50 dis­tri­bu­tion across the two axles. Achiev­ing this was es­sen­tial to en­sure that the typ­i­cal Alfa Romeo driv­ing sat­is­fac­tion which was reached by tweak­ing the lay­out and ar­rang­ing the heav­ier el­e­ments in the most cen­tral po­si­tion pos­si­ble.

IN­NO­VA­TIVE, EX­CLU­SIVE TECH­NI­CAL SO­LU­TIONS

As a fur­ther ex­pres­sion of the Alfa Romeo en­gi­neer­ing cul­ture, the de­sign, the build and the choice of ma­te­ri­als of the chas­sis and the sus­pen­sions are al­ways per­fect. As a con­se­quence, it was de­cided that elec­tron­ics should only be used to make the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s guar­an­teed by the ex­cel­lent ba­sic me­chan­ics even more ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

This is demon­strated by the ex­clu­sive tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions present on the Gi­u­lia, like Torque Vec­tor­ing with a twin clutch to al­low the rear dif­fer­en­tial to con­trol the torque de­liv­ery to each wheel sep­a­rately, mean­ing that power trans­mis­sion to the road is im­proved in low grip con­di­tions.

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