This week Alfa Romeo is launching its sexy new Giulia to the cream of the South African motoring press. As such we will be posting our full driving impressions later in the week – something to look forward to. In the meantime we can tell you exactly how much one of these Italian sedans will set you back.
Kicking things off is the 147kW/330Nm 2.0-litre Base that features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and cruise control. Yours for R555 000. If, like Oliver Twist, you want a little more then there’s the R625 000 Super that builds on the Base by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control with stop function, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, twin exhausts, privacy glass and ‘decorative aluminium’ sill plates in the door entrances.
If this is isn’t fancy enough then you’ll probably be sold on the Stile. It costs R695 000 and ups the Super ante with 18-inch alloy wheels, Uconnect infotainment system, Sports Pack and Convenience Pack. The Sport Pack includes a sports steering wheel, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, as well as Xenon headlights.
The Convenience Pack (called the Luxury Pack in the press release for some reason) includes a leather upholstered dashboard and door panels, heated front seats electrically adjustable with eight settings, genuine oak or walnut wood inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, plus chrome-plated exterior window frames and electrically folding door mirrors.
If the thought of paying R695 000 for a saloon that only hits 100km/h in 6.6-seconds doesn’t fill your heart with much passion, then you’re best going the whole hog on the range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde that packs a 375kW/600Nm 2.9-litre V6. With two turbos.
Alfa Romeo claims that this thing will hit 100km/h in 3.9-seconds and top out at 307km/h. Nice. How much? Well you’re looking at R1 400 000 – provided you can get one because their numbers are limited. – Thomas Falkiner