Alfa Romeo Giulia in Depth

Say you’re looking for a premium sport sedan.

Say you’re looking for a premium sport sedan. Say you’re looking for one that has not only four doors (let’s face it, sometimes you’ve got to take the family somewhere) but a 2.9-liter, bi-turbo V6 that happens to generate 505 horsepower. Say that you’re looking for something that isn’t owned by every attorney, doctor and hedge-fund manager on your block.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Which pretty much means that you’re probably going to be looking for an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

What?!

Yes, a sedan that set a 7:32 lap at the Nürburgring, a record for a production four-door sedan. (A record set by one of the engineering development drivers for Alfa, not a professional race car driver. If you check out the video of the run, which you can see here, note that he’s wearing regular street clothes, not an exotic racing jumpsuit.  But don’t try it at home.)

Although Alfa is a brand that has been absent from the U.S. market for a number of years, the Giulia (which is also available in models with a 2.0-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four that provides 280 hp and has a 0 to 60 mph time of <5.1 seconds), is certainly going to bring more than a modicum of visibility to the company whose theme is “La meccanica delle emozioni”—the mechanics of emotion.

The Giulia is a machine. A stylish, powerful machine.

After having spent a day driving a Giulia in northern California, I had the opportunity, joined by Tim Stevens, editor of Roadshow, to sit down and talk with Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Richard Cox, head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati global product planning, and Fabio Di Muro, vehicle line executive for the Giulia.

All of which is to say that we’ve got the guys who not only are instrumental in the launch of the Giulia on the roads here and in other places around the world, but people who have a huge effect on the entire Alfa endeavors.

Then Tim and I are joined on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” by Rebecca Lindland, senior director, Commercial Insights, KBB.com, and Tony Quiroga, senior editor, Car and Driver, who then talk about the Giulia in particular from the points of view of market (Rebecca), driving dynamics (Tony) and technology (Tim).

And you can see it all here: