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Fast and miserly Alfa Romeo Giulia models to drop in Paris

Fast and miserly Alfa Romeo Gi...
Alfa Romeo has kept its comeback rolling with two new Giulia variants 
Alfa Romeo has kept its comeback rolling with two new Giulia variants 
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The Advanced Efficiency Giulia rides on tiny wheels 
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The Advanced Efficiency Giulia rides on tiny wheels 
The Giulia Veloce cabin is all about nice leather and metal touchpoints 
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The Giulia Veloce cabin is all about nice leather and metal touchpoints 
The 19-inch telephone dials are an Alfa Romeo performance staple 
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The 19-inch telephone dials are an Alfa Romeo performance staple 
The new car's cabin looks great, but the proof will come when we get to touch all the surfaces 
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The new car's cabin looks great, but the proof will come when we get to touch all the surfaces 
With a punchy diesel or petrol motor on offer, the Veloce is a Mercedes-AMG rival 
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With a punchy diesel or petrol motor on offer, the Veloce is a Mercedes-AMG rival 
Alfa Romeo has kept its comeback rolling with two new Giulia variants 
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Alfa Romeo has kept its comeback rolling with two new Giulia variants 
The new Giulia is handsome in regular trim 
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The new Giulia is handsome in regular trim 
The new Giulia is crucial for Alfa Romeo's revival 
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The new Giulia is crucial for Alfa Romeo's revival 
We'll be on the ground in Paris to cover all the action
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We'll be on the ground in Paris to cover all the action
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The new Alfa Romeo Giulia hasn't even made it to showrooms yet, but already the usual spread of efficient and warmed-over variants is starting to pop up. Alongside the regular car and the ballistic Quadrifoglio, the Paris Motor Show will play host to two new versions of the Giulia. At one end of the spectrum is the miserly Advanced Efficiency, at the other sits the new Veloce.

Giulia Veloce

The 19-inch telephone dials are an Alfa Romeo performance staple 
The 19-inch telephone dials are an Alfa Romeo performance staple 

Think of the Veloce as a halfway house to full on Giulia Quadrifoglio madness, like the Mercedes-AMG C43 or BMW 340i. Under the hood is a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, pumping out 280 hp (209 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. Alfa says the two-stage turbo, along with a sophisticated high-pressure fuel injection system, help cut down on lag.

Although diesel power isn't usually associated with outright performance, there will also be an oil-burning Veloce. With 210 hp (157 kW) and 470 Nm of torque from its aluminum 2.2-liter motor, the diesel isn't exactly a firecracker, but it should still offer a bit of extra shove compared to the regular model.

Both petrol and diesel models will be fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and power will be channeled to the road through a new Q4 all-wheel drive system. In regular driving it operates like a regular rear-wheel drive car, but 60 percent of the engine's torque can be sent to the front axle when slip is detected.

Beside the powertrain changes, you'll be able to tell the Veloce apart from regular Giulias thanks to bigger wheels, a sportier bodykit and xenon headlamps.

Advanced Efficiency

The Advanced Efficiency Giulia rides on tiny wheels 
The Advanced Efficiency Giulia rides on tiny wheels 

At the other end of the scale is the new Advanced Efficiency, aimed at miserly commuters. Powered by a 2.2 l, 4-cylinder diesel, it has a more efficient engine cooling system, revised gearbox ratios, a lower ride height and model-specific low-rolling resistance tires that combine for a fuel efficiency figure of 4.2 l/100 km (67 mpg).

That's compares well with the Audi A4 TDI which, with its special flat underfloor and aerodynamic shutters, drinks just 4.0 l/100 km (71 mpg) on the combined cycle.

Both variants of the Giulia will make their debuts at the Paris Motor Show, where New Atlas will be on the ground to cover all the action.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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Island Architect
Alpha Romeo has gone to hell with these hideous front ends.
Bill