A performance version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan with a 350 horsepower version of the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is inbound.
According to Autoevolution, Dutch Alfa Romeo tuner Squadra Tuning was surfing Fiat Chrysler’s parts site for the Giulia when it stumbled across stumbled across a category named ‘2.0 GME T4 350HP ATX AWD USA’ followed by the word ‘Veloce’. It’s a pretty easy code to decipher and points to the U.S. spec Giulia eventually arriving in Veloce trim with a 350 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an automatic transmission.
The 350 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged Giulia will serve as a competitor to other mild performance luxury sedans available in the U.S. such as the BMW 340i XDrive, Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG and Audi S4. It seems the Giulia Veloce will be closest in philosophy to the 333 horsepower BMW 340i XDrive, which is also powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and is only available with all-wheel drive.
The Giulia was launched in Veloce trim in Europe earlier this year. Unlike the inbound U.S. spec Veloce, however, the European version offers no performance gain over standard versions of the luxury four-door, only seeing the addition of cosmetic features such as more aggressive front and rear bumpers, integrated dual exhaust tips, 19-inch five-hole wheels, sport seats and a sports steering wheel.
We’re expecting to see the U.S.-spec Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce debut sometime in early 2017 – perhaps as early as the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in early January.