Alfa Romeo’s Giulia sedan will go on sale in Europe late 2016, US sales will follow

AutoExpress is reporting that Alfa Romeo’s Giulia sedan, which debuted at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, will go on sale in Europe late next year.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio version that was showcased in Frankfurt is the Italian automaker’s hottest spec, with a 2.9-liter turbocharged six-cylinder churning out 503 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. With that much power at its disposal, the Giulia QV reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 190 mph.

To further backup its performance chops, Alfa Romeo announced that the range-topping Giulia lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 39 seconds, far outpacing rivals like the BMW M4. Its speed around the famed course is in part due to its 50:50 weight distribution, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, estimated 3,300-pound curb weight, and 220 lbs. of downforce from a carbon fiber aerodynamic body kit.

Styling wise, the Giulia QV stands out from the pack of performance sedans thanks to sharp LED headlights, large air intakes, its Alfa Romeo trademark V-grille, a long, kinked hood, and rounded window design like the 8C sports car.

Little else is known about the Giulia, especially entry-level and midrange variants. We can expect either a turbocharged four-cylinder or naturally aspirated six-cylinder to be offered in lower-spec cars, while both a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox will be paired to either a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive system.

The sedan is composed of lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber and boasts better torsional rigidity than rivaling performance sedans.

Pricing should start at around £53,000 ($83,000), while a lightweight version with carbon fiber, ceramic brakes and racing seats will start at £66,000 ($100,000). Don’t go into shock yet, though, U.S. citizens, as it will likely cost somewhere in the $60,000-$80,000 range when it arrives on our shores.

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