Everyone is expecting the Alfa Romeo Giulia, even though most will never turn to the Quadrifoglio version that is now the quickest four door sedan to lap the Nurburgring – in 7 minutes and 39 seconds.
Instead, while the Giulia QV is indeed faster than a Camaro ZL1 or a Lambo Murcielago, most owners will contend to the 2 and 2.2-liter models. We’re all rooting for the 2.9-liters 510 PS (503 horsepower) twin-turbo V6 engine but let’s agree that spending more than 70k on an Italian midsize sedan is not the brightest idea. Instead, a more sensible choice would be the recently revealed Giulias with the 2.0 GME T4 turbo and the 2.2 JTDM diesel under the hood. And let’s describe them a little bit since Alfa had (finally) the courtesy of throwing in the specifications. The gasoline version will need 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers (39.8 US mpg) on the combined cycle, will be delivered exclusively mated to the 8-speed automatic, and will come to the party with 200 PS (197 hp) and 300 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque. This will suffice for a quick run to 62 mph (100 km/h), done in 6.6 seconds.
Meanwhile, the 2.2-liter turbodiesel is offered in a myriad of versions, most likely to please European fans. You can first have the 150 PS (148 hp), 380 Nm (280 lb-ft), 6-speed manual version that will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds. Or if you’re in a hurry you can opt for the 180 PS (177 hp) version, which comes with the six speeder or the eight-speed automatic. In case you go for the manual you’ll get 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque and a sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) will be done in 7.2 seconds (fuel economy of 4.2 l/100 km – 56 mpg). Go for the auto and the torque gets bumped to 450 Nm (332 lb-ft), while the run goes done in 6.8 seconds and fuel economy remains constant.