Alfa romeo design chief, Alessandro Maccolini, made a comment during a speech held to the car design community last month, at an event held in Mantova, Italy. The comment was about Giulia’s exterior design. According to Autonews, he stated, “We did not copy a BMW. We took inspiration from our past, specifically from the 156”.
It is well-known that the Alfa Romeo’s Giulia QV model was always thought of as a direct competitor to the big German three luxury car makers and their high-performance sports models. It is also perfectly clear that the Giulia took several influences from the BMW 3 Series. Even though Alfa Romeo’s execs will never admit that.
The most performance oriented model will be the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV when it arrives. It will feature a 2.9 liter all-aluminium, twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine. This engine was developed exclusively for the Quadrifoglio by Ferrari technicians, with it being related to Ferrari’s own twin-turbo F154 V8 engine. It produces 510 metric horsepower (375 kW; 503 bhp) at 6,500 rpm, and 600 N·m (440 lb·ft) of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. This allows the Giulia Quadrifoglio to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, giving it impressive performance comparable to the M3, C63 AMG and RS5 respectively.
We can however believe the comments made by Alfa romeo design chief, Alessandro Maccolini; the Giulia does take on a whole lot from the Alfa Romeo 156 and it clearly brings similar size, design cues and overall looks. However, when you look at the overall customer base for this vehicle and the target models from the competition, it is clear to see that both the 156 and the 3 Series highly influenced the new model. How will the Giulia perform as far as sales numbers and profits for the Italian car maker go, still remains unclear.