Origins of the Alfa Romeo Giulia
Since the beginning, the iconic Alfa Romeo Giulia has always been and always will be a very rewarding 4-door sports car
The origins of the Alfa Romeo Giulia starts in 1910, when Cavalier Ugo Stella bought the Italian division of the French Società Italiana Automobili Darraq car company. He named his new company “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili” – A.L.F.A. – which means “Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company.” And Alfa Romeo was born!
The Alfa Romeo Giulia name is used for three somewhat related models:
- Type 105 – a sporty four-door compact executive car produced from 1962 to 1978
- Spider – an updated and more powerful version
- The Giulia (type 952) – a compact executive car introduced in 2015
Alfa Romeo broke from tradition by putting a powerful engine
under the hood of a 1-tonne mass-produced 4-door compact.
Type 105 was designed with a light-weight alloy camshaft engine, much like the one used in earlier Giulietta models. It was available in a 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter, various carburetor configurations, and sharp tuning. Alfa Romeo Giulia sedans handled like a dream and possessed an impressive acceleration speed, making it a top pick for car enthusiasts. The famous Supermodel had a twin carburetor, a 1.6-liter engine, a top speed of 106 mph (170 km/h), and could do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in about 12 seconds.
The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115) Succeeded the Giulia Spider in 1966
The press caught its first glimpse of the new Giulia at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese, on June 24, 2015. The event involved only the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio and a depiction of “Nessun Dorma.” The day also marked the 105th anniversary of the company and the unveiling of the restyled logo to be used on future models, and it was also when the company began using their new slogan: “La Meccanica Delle Emozioni” (the mechanics of emotions).
The Giulia models quickly broke into the elite class of luxury vehicles. Competitors knew right off the bat that this Italian-born beauty would win over the hearts of consumers from all over the world. Nowadays, it is a hit with any driver that prefers performance and handling over back seat legroom and trunk space. Knobs and controls pack of a punch of technology complementing the sleekly styled interior, and the base model Giulia is equipped with an peppy and efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
Although the Giulia was created as a rear-wheel drive, it is also available as an all-wheel-drive. However, the real attention grabber in the group is the high-performance V6 bi-turbo powered Quadrifoglio model, definitely a strong contender for King of sport compacts. You MUST drive one to experience it.