FIERY: Alfa Romeo showed off the Launch and Race editions of the new Giula model. Image: Quickpic
Johannesburg - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, importers of the Alfa Romeo brand in South Africa hosted an exclusive premiere of the highly-anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia at a gala event held at the Inanda Club in Sandton.
The event was exclusively for confirmed buyers of the new Giulia Launch and Race Editions due for arrival on local shores in early 2017. The first 46 orders for Alfa Romeo of the new model were snapped up within three days of the order book opening at local dealerships.
0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds
The exclusive premiere comes almost three months ahead of the official launch of the entire Giulia range in South Africa, illustrating the importance of the first vehicles and their buyers.
The Launch and Race Edition vehicles are based on the top-of-the-range Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde derivative. Powered by a Ferrari developed 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo engine, the Giulia QV powerplant produces 375kW/600Nm of torque driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that returns performance figures of 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed governed to 307km/h.
Range due in March 2017
Both the Launch and the Race Editions are available in limited numbers affording in advance of the rest of the range which expected in March 2017.
The Race Edition features Carbon ceramic brakes that offer fade-free braking under all driving conditions, as well as the unique Tri-coat paint colour; Mineral White or Red Competition.
The complete Alfa Romeo Giulia range will feature the Giulia QV as well as the Giulia 2.0-litre in three derivatives; Base, Super, and Super Lux. The entry-level variants feature a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine with 147kW/330 Nm of torque driving the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission.
The full model line-up is expected locally from early March 2017.