The Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: A sports sedan for people who want to drive
Friday April 6, 2018. 02:37 PM , from Ars Technica
Last year, Alfa Romeo made me a convert with its Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Italian company's answer to an M3 has found a lot of fans. But considering the recipe it would be hard not to be one: an engine borrowed from Ferrari (minus two cylinders), lashings of carbon fiber bodywork, and an asking price $10,000 less than any of its German rivals. But there is more to Giulia than the four-leaf clover. The bread and butter of the range comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, and I'm here to tell you that even though it's significantly cheaper, it's almost as good as the fire-breathing version. In fact, I can't remember falling in love with a car quite like this one.
Alfa Romeo's return to the US began with the 4C, a lightweight two-seater. But this carbon-fiber chassis sports car sells in tiny numbers; to truly make an impact the company needed something a little more mainstream. That involves a pair of vehicles built on a shared platform (called Giorgio); the Stelvio crossover, which we reviewed earlier in the year, and this, the Giulia sedan. The range starts at $38,195 before discounts, but the one we're reviewing—and the pick of the bunch, in our opinion—is the $42,695 Giulia Ti Sport, in rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an extra $2,000, which would be better spent on snow tires if winter performance is a concern.
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