The driving experience has been upped a notch compared to the Giulia Super variant the SA market had until now. The Veloce features a 206kW and 400Nm version of the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, turbocharged-petrol engine, eclipsing the 147kW and 350Nm of the old Super.
Claimed acceleration from 0-100km/h is 5.7 seconds. That is brisk. Power is sent to the rear wheels and grip off the line is substantial. The new engine makes the excellent chassis of the Giulia shine even more than before. It features a 50/50 weight distribution split, which means extremely agile and confident handling. The steering is also extremely quick and communicative. Couple that with weight-saving measures like a carbon fibre propshaft, and you soon find the Giulia is an enthusiastic companion, prompting you to Google local mountain passes to explore.
It evokes something t very few other cars do these days, pandering to sense of joy in the driver. But that doesn’t mean it compromises on comfort. This dynamic ability is melded with an impressive adaptive suspension, making it an almost perfect daily driver. In addition, Giulia boasts all the bells and whistles that a modern motorist could want: dual zone climate control, adaptive cruise control (which works extremely well) with lane assist and accident avoidance features. Heated seats and a heated steering wheel are also standard along with automatic wipers and lights.
The styling is also supremely Alfa Romeo, with the curves and bulges in the right places. It looks aggressive with the 19-inch alloy wheels, but extremely classy at the same time. It catches peoples’ eye on the road, probably because there are so few of them on our roads in the sea of German sedans.