Alfa Romeo may have already shown us the European-spec version of its Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde high-performance compact sedan, however the automaker has now debuted the U.S. spec version of the BMW M3 fighter ahead of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Giulia QV is based upon Alfa Romeo’s new Giorgio architecture it co-developed with Ferrari. Alfa claims the compact has perfect 50/50 weight distribution and the lowest power-to-weight ratio in its class (7 lbs./hp) – partially enabled by the carbon fiber driveshaft, hood and roof.
Under the hood is the same 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 unveiled in the European-spec model, which will route power to the rear wheels via six-speed manual transmission (still no word of the dual-clutch automatic). Following the release of the high-performance QV, Alfa says it will debut the more pedestrian versions of the Giulia including an entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model with 276 horsepower. On those models, both rear- and all-wheel drive will be offered, however the QV is an enthusiast special offered with RWD only.
Alfa says the QV will sprint from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and has also set an jaw-dropping Nurburgring lap record of 7 minutes and 39 seconds. An active carbon fiber front splitter helps with a best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency rating of 0.32 Cd and also ensures “stability at any speed.” Brembo brake calipers help to slow things down and are housed in available 19-inch Dark Gray five-hole design wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Inside the Giulia is crafted around the driver, just like any proper driver’s car should be. There’s premium leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber accents throughout along with a chunky Formula 1-inspired steering wheel, a short carbon-fiber shifter and available Sparco race seats. Behind the steering wheel is a color 7-inch driver information display and within the center stack sits an 8.8-inch wide screen infotainment system with performance features such as real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry.
For added performance, The Giulia QV will feature a new Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system which is able to co-ordinate the vehicle’s stability control, torque vectoring and adaptive damping suspension systems and active aero front splitter for optimal balance. An ‘Integrated Braking System’ also increases braking responsiveness and helps to reduce stopping distance.
Available safety features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detecting and front- and rear-park assist sensors.
Prices for the Giulia QV will start at “around $70,000” in the U.S., Alfa Romeo says, with the automaker remaining tight-lipped on the price of the 2.0-liter version of the sedan. It may not arrive until late 2016, however, so interested parties will have to remain patient to get their hands on the hot Italian four-door.