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