All-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio at the Los Angeles Auto Show

by TrackWorthy,

“…an entirely new benchmark that represents the next chapter in Alfa Romeo’s rich 105-year heritage.”Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA, North America.
As the first of a new generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio embodies Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), delivering race-inspired performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment.

“The all-new Giulia is not just a new car, but an entirely new benchmark that represents the next chapter in Alfa Romeo’s rich 105-year heritage,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA – North America. “With an all-new lightweight platform and class-leading power and handling, the all-new Giulia delivers on the pedigree of incredible technology, race-inspired performance and Italian design and style.”

Incorporating next-level technologies, the Giulia Quadrifoglio features a Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6 engine, Alfa Romeo’s most powerful production car engine ever, cylinder deactivation and carbon fiber active aero front splitter for improved handling at high speeds. Race-inspired performance is achieved courtesy of the Giulia’s extensive use of ultralight, high-strength materials, which include a carbon fiber driveshaft, hood, roof and more – all for a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and near perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution, resulting in a class-leading 0-60 miles per hour (mph) time of 3.8 seconds and a record-setting Nürburgring time. And similar to all great Alfa Romeo vehicles, the Giulia features stunning Italian design with impeccable proportions and attention to detail that enables a timeless Alfa Romeo style with world-class craftsmanship.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA North America

Following the launch of the all-new 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo will introduce the full-line of Giulia models that further take on the heart of the premium mid-size sedan segment. These Giulia models will include an all-new Alfa Romeo-designed all-aluminum four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection, fuel-saving and emission-reducing MultiAir2 technology, and twin-scroll turbo technology for maximum responsiveness. The result of this impressive technology is a class-leading 276 horsepower on the entry-level Giulia. In addition to rear-wheel drive, Giulia will also offer an advanced all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring for customers who require maximum traction and handling on all road surface conditions.

At the center of the interior, Alfa Romeo Giulia’s all-new 3-D Navigation offers an intuitive, yet sophisticated series of features, including a high-resolution 8.8-inch widescreen display with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3-D graphic navigation. A short-shift six-speed manual shifter elevates proudly in the center console, while the all-new and ergonomically located Alfa Rotary Pad offers a gesture recognition system, allowing the driver to interact with the 3-D Navigation system simply by moving fingers on the pad.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio interior

Highlighting Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell, Sparco racing seats are available and provide maximum lateral support during extreme cornering on the track. With even more aggressive bolstering than Giulia Quadrifoglio’s standard leather and Alcantara high-performance sport seats, these race-inspired performance seats are the lightest in the segment, yet provide comfort for long road trips.

State-of-the-art engines are the heart and soul of Alfa Romeo technology and performance
A Ferrari-derived bi-turbo engine delivers best-in-class 505 horsepower, making it the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds.

With Enzo Ferrari’s racing history that dates back with Alfa Romeo to the 1920s, it’s no surprise that the all-new Giulia Quadrifoglio harks back to its pedigree of Ferrari engineering excellence, with a Ferrari-derived bi-turbo V-6 as the “beating heart” bringing this artisan-designed vehicle to life and further represents a return to the “Great Alfa Romeos.”

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio utilizes an all-aluminum 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine with 90-degree layout that is lightweight and compact, all for a lower position in the chassis and low center of gravity.

To deliver a best-in-class 505 horsepower and a flat torque curve with 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque between 2,500-5,000 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features a bi-turbo design with 35 psi peak boost. In addition, the engine’s turbochargers are integrated into the exhaust manifold and feature a low-inertia, single-scroll turbo design with variable-boost management for ultra-responsive throttle reaction. A direct injection system maximizes fuel combustion for improved engine output and efficiency. Combined, these technologies – along with an enthusiast-desired short-shifting six-speed manual transmission – enable real-world performance numbers that include: 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 191 mph top speed and a 7:39 Nürburgring lap time.

Ensuring that this high-performance engine delivers world-class levels of efficiency, a cylinder deactivation system enables the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to run on three of its six cylinders. Furthermore, an innovative engine start/stop (ESS) system stops fuel flow and shuts the powertrain down when the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is at a full stop – reducing fuel consumption and emissions. When the brake pedal is released, the high-performance bi-turbo engine automatically restarts thanks to the ESS system’s high-speed, high-durability starter, which reduces crank time, culminating in quick restarts. Last, the engine features a variable-pressure oil pump to reduce operational energy draw.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA North America

All-new Alfa Romeo-specific turbocharged four-cylinder engine and available all-wheel drive
Also arriving next summer, an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection all-aluminum turbo engine, designed specifically for Alfa Romeo, will deliver a class-leading 276 horsepower and world-class levels of performance, efficiency and refinement on other Giulia models. This innovative engine will also feature a MultiAir2 system that simultaneously controls both intake valve opening and closing events to more effectively manage combustion quality. This electro-hydraulic fully variable-valve lift technology ensures the appropriate and effective compression ratio, plus efficient internal exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for improved fuel economy.

All-wheel drive will also join the four-cylinder turbocharged Alfa Romeo Giulia lineup in 2016, providing maximum traction on any road surface.

Best-in-class power-to-weight ratio thanks to an all-new architecture with extensive use of lightweight materials
Lead by two senior engineers from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials to achieve a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of nearly 7 lbs./hp, and delivers near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.

Helping to deliver Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s class-leading power-to-weight ratio, the sedan features a carbon fiber hood, roof, drive shaft, active aero front splitter and rear spoiler. Aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors and fenders also help shed weight compared to conventional steel. In addition, a composite rear-cross member is made from aluminum and composite, while available carbon-ceramic brake rotors reduce weight by 50 percent compared to traditional cast iron rotors.

An Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone front suspension with semi-virtual steering axis guarantees rapid and accurate steering feel. With the most direct steering in the segment, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always perfect footprint. At the rear, an Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod ensures top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort. An innovative active damping suspension adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA Pro selector with four drive modes.

Staggered fitting 245/35ZR19 (front) and 285/30ZR19 (rear) Pirelli P Zero Corsa three-season high-performance tires wrap lightweight 19 x 8.5-inch and 19 x 10-inch forged alloy wheels, respectively.

Thanks to the available ultra-high-performance carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system from Italian braking leader Brembo, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio delivers 60-0 mph stopping performance in 102 feet. At the front, this track-proven Brembo brake system features six-piston aluminum monoblock brake calipers with 15.4-inch (390 mm) CCM brake rotors. Similarly, the rear axle features four-piston calipers with 14.2-inch (360 mm) CCM rotors and calipers for the electric park brake. Both front and rear rotors feature a two-piece design and deliver a 50-percent weight reduction compared to cast iron discs, helping to reduce unsprung mass to further improve handling.

A Brembo high-performance brake system with large vented iron discs, plus four-piston front and rear aluminum monoblock calipers are standard.

Integrated Braking System
The world’s first integrated braking system debuts on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) unit and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.

Torque Vectoring
Torque Vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to increase the limits imposed by the tires during lateral acceleration. By using a twin-clutch rear differential, the Giulia Quadrifoglio optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.

Active Aero Front Splitter
A segment-exclusive active aero front splitter instantaneously adjusts the carbon fiber front lip spoiler for optimal aerodynamics, downforce and stability at any speed. In addition to helping the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio achieve a best-in-class 0.32 Cd, the dynamic front splitter with its two electric actuators can generate up to 220 pounds of downforce.

For a 360-degree perspective, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are standard on Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

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