Only Alfa can sketch an outline on a napkin, knock tomato sauce over it, and toss it across the room into a bin for the entire world to start guess- ing in hushed, secretive tones. That’s what they’ve been doing for the last decade, one or two being the exception progress to assembly, but usually only Italians take the bait. Now, however, the factory lights are flickering with activity over the next Giulia, and the involved synergies eclipse anything before it. Leveraging ties with Ferrari and Maserati is a wise place to converge, before making the package gel, and skimming the price under its own badge. Exquisite genes like these set the Giulia on a collision course with the established German sedans, but Alfa’s pencils have remained deadly, with eccentric style arousing even the sceptics. They argue efficiency, and Alfa retorts with soul. Soul takes time. It’s why Alfa delayed the project, engineered it back to rear-wheel drive, and initially rejected earlier drawings. A driver’s weapon, fit for shredding the finest roads. A V6 Ferrari-developed heart could be in the pipelines, stoked up to battle the BMW M4 and C63 with a lot more pa- nache, and a soundtrack that won’t need to be polished with artificial noises. Do we know when it’s coming? We would be silly to rush Alfa.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Engine: 1.7-litre 4-cyl turbo
Power and Torque: 177kW/340Nm (estimation) 0-100km/h: 6.5 seconds (estimation)
Price: R550 000 (estimation)
Buy It For: Ferrari blood