Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia taunts BMW’s M3 with a 503 hp, Ferrari-built V6

Alfa Romeo is on the warpath. FCA boss Sergio Marchionne has stated that he wants the Italian brand to be producing vehicles on the level of German automakers like Audi and BMW. That means 400,000 annual vehicle sales by 2018 with a third of those models being purchased in the U.S.

To achieve that figure, Alfa Romeo is planning a full lineup, including the 4C sports car, a full-size sedan, a pair of SUVs, a second midsized sedan, another 4C-style model, two compact cars, and the 2016 Giulia sedan. Aimed at the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, the Giulia will likely be a global model, and that makes me very happy.

Here’s why:

Out of the gate, the new Giulia will be offered in a higher performance designation with 50/50 weight distribution; rear-wheel drive; a six-speed manual transmission or dual-clutch automatic; torque-vectoring; a carbon fiber hood, roof, and propeller shaft; active aerodynamics; and a Ferrari-built turbocharged V6 with 503 horsepower at its disposal.

The 2016 Giulia’s power-to-weight ratio will be less than 3kg per hp, which equates to less than 3,300 pounds. That, and its monstrous power contribute to a brief zero-to-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. That figure matches the new M3’s sprint, and its hardware suggests the Italian sport sedan will be more than able to hang with Germany’s best on a track.

Inside, the cabin appears to be all about the driver. The steering wheel has Ferrari-esque integrated controls and an ergonomic design. As for its exterior design, the large air inlets, narrow headlights, carbon fiber-trimmed body kit, rear diffuser, and quad exhausts communicate the Giulia’s high-performance intentions quite clearly.

The 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships late next year, and it will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Cars

BMW’s 2020 M340i will show off mix of tech and luxury at the Los Angeles show

The 2020 3 Series represents the seventh generation of BMW's bread-and-butter luxury sedan. Where previous generations emphasized the driving experience, the 2020 3 Series focuses more on tech than ever before.
Wearables

Everything you need to know about Garmin’s GPS watches and trackers

Garmin jumped into the GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker market five years ago and has built a portfolio of devices that rivals competitor Fitbit. Here's your guide to the latest and greatest fitness devices that Garmin has to offer.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Cars

Jaguar’s rally-ready F-Type roadster is happiest off the pavement

Jaguar is celebrating the XK120's 70th birthday by turning the F-Type roadster into a rally warrior. Built to FIA specifications, the model receives suspension and braking upgrades plus a full roll cage to protect the occupants.
Cars

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.
Cars

Many adults believe fully self-driving cars are already traversing U.S. highways

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars exist now.
Cars

Want to keep connected on the road? Here are 5 ways to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units.
Cars

Jeep’s outdoorsy Gladiator pickup truck bares it all ahead of schedule

Jeep will introduce the long-promised Wrangler-based pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Named Gladiator, the model was designed to conquer the great outdoors, not for the construction site.
Cars

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design.
Cars

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan aims to offer sharper handling, better tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan gets the same upgrades as the recently-introduced Corolla hatchback, including a firmer foundation, new engine, and more tech features. Will that be enough to keep the long-lived Corolla nameplate relevant?
Cars

Startup Rivian exits stealth mode with a bold promise to electrify off-roaders

Electric car startup Rivian has finally turned off stealth mode and provided details about what it's been working on since 2009. It will build battery-powered off-roaders instead of taking on Tesla and others in the luxury EV segment.
Cars

Honda will squeeze another model into its SUV lineup at the Los Angeles show

Honda will introduce a new SUV with a familiar nameplate at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. It envisioned the 2019 Passport as a five-seater alternative to the eight-seater Pilot. The two models will share a platform and many tech features.
Cars

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.