Alfa Romeo Giulia to come with new twin-turbo 1.8L

April 30, 2015

With excitement growing around Alfa Romeo’s upcoming flagship model, known as the Giulia, reports are now uncovering possible powertrain and performance specs.

Alfa Romeo Giulia render-Thorsten-Krisch

The Alfa Romeo Giulia, name unconfirmed, will reportedly be based on the Giorgio rear-wheel drive platform and will be offered with a new 1.8-litre twin-turbo powertrain pushing out around 220kW/400Nm.

The powertrain is set to use similar technologies to Porsche’s Variable Turbine Geometry, where a gain in power and efficiency is made with a small turbine working at low revs, with a larger turbine covering the rest of the rev range.

The base Giulia is expected to be packaged with the same 1.8-litre engine only with one turbocharger producing around 177kW. There is also talk of a range-topping performance ‘GTA’ version in the works, set to receive a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing up to 387kW.

Alfa Romeo has given us very few concrete details, but the Giulia is expected to make its official debut in just a few months time. It will be the successor to the beautifully-designed 159, which was available in sedan and wagon format.

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Unlike the 159 though, the new model will be rear-wheel drive and is set to be a more direct competitor against vehicles like the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS.

Image: Speculative render only, by Thorsten Krisch

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.