ALFA MALE

Alfa Romeo comes to age again in Amer­ica—and Bos­ton!—with the 2017 Gi­u­lia.

Boston Common - - TRAVEL & RECREATION - By Robert Cocuzzo

It’s one of the most iconic scenes in Amer­ica cin­ema: Dustin Hoff­man zip­ping south to Santa Bar­bara in a cherry-red con­vert­ible as Ben­jamin Brad­dock in The Grad­u­ate. Like Mrs. Robin­son’s leg stretch­ing across the sil­ver screen, Brad­dock’s Italian sports car—an Alfa Romeo Duetto Spi­der— se­duced Amer­i­cans for decades. That was un­til 1995, when Alfa Romeo abruptly left the United States. But now the Italian car com­pany is back with a sleek new sedan called the Gi­u­lia. With its sporty grill and sexy lines, the Gi­u­lia ex­udes fine Italian crafts­man­ship just from the curb. Be­neath the hood is an all-alu­minum, 280-horse­power turbo en­gine that pro­pels the Gi­u­lia zero to 60 in just a lit­tle more than five sec­onds. (Oh and the roar of that en­gine… will get you all hot and both­ered.) So while Alfa Romeo might have grown up since the days of The Grad­u­ate, the Gi­u­lia cer­tainly hasn’t for­got­ten its rac­ing roots. The in­te­rior is tai­lored as a tuxedo but plush as pa­ja­mas. Un­like some Italian sports cars, the Gi­u­lia’s con­trols are com­pre­hen­sive and driver-friendly. The ma­te­ri­als alone tell a story. Nat­u­ral woods—wal­nut or dark gray oak—give the in­te­rior an Old-World feel, while alu­minum and carbon-fiber ac­cents ac­cel­er­ate the Gi­u­lia into the fu­ture. So if Ben­jamin Brad­dock ever makes a re­turn to the sil­ver screen, we sure know what he’ll be driv­ing. Herb Cham­bers Alfa Romeo of Bos­ton, 525 Bos­ton Post Road, Route 20, Way­land, her­bcham­ber­sal­faromeoof­boston.com

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