The Alfa Romeo Giulia is set to arrive in South Africa next January, and enthusiasts are no doubt licking their lips in anticipation of the high-output Quadrifoglio model. But now the Italian manufacturer has taken the covers off a new derivative dubbed the Giulia Veloce, which will be offered in both petrol and diesel flavours.
There’s a turbocharged 2,0-litre petrol engine delivering 208 kW and 400 N.m as well as a 2,2-litre turbodiesel mill good for 156 kW and 470 N.m. Both models will deliver their respective power to all four wheels through the brand’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Q4 system is said to add some 60 kg to the overall mass, but the automaker seems confident that the boost in power will more than make up for this added lard. It’s also worth noting that the oil-burner will be the first production diesel engine from Alfa to make use of a fully aluminium construction.
The Giulia Veloce sets itself apart visually with unique bumpers and side skirts, gloss black door trim, Xenon headlamps and an optional set of five-hole 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Veloce’s standard equipment list is also somewhat more generous, and includes dual-zone climate control, a 6,5-inch uConnect infotainment system and active safety assists.
The new model will be on display at the Paris Motor Show.