The French event will have the welcomed addition of a crazy Italian gal’ – namely the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, which can be had with new, performance oriented engines.
Alfa Romeo is tapping into its heritage by reinstating the “Veloce” moniker to its range of midsize models, with the classic Giulietta from 60 years ago being the first to wear the codename. The legendary Veloce will return in Paris for the Giulia range in the form of a very desirable version that looks to cater to performance-oriented customers that don’t want the full brunt of the QV, record Nurburgring-topping model. The credentials are top notch all over – the newest version of the Q4 all-wheel-drive system taps into the engine of choice via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Speaking of choice, the engines are two: turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol or turbodiesel 2.2-liter unit.
The gasoline version has 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) at 5,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) from 2,250 rpm. Meanwhile, the diesel packs 210 hp (156 kW) at 3,500 rpm and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) from a low 1,750 rpm. The latter is also Alfa Romeo’s first ever all-aluminum construction engine. To warrant the Veloce credentials, the models also get a new Blue Misano (gas) or Silverstone grey (diesel) paint. There’s also a third new Giulia version – “Advanced Efficiency” – that can be had starting early next year on the Giulia and Giulia Super trim levels. The fuel economy is of course the target here, so the Giulia gets a 2.2-liter diesel engine with 180 hp and the eight-speed gearbox for a combined cycle of 4.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km.