Not many people can lay claim to owning an Italian sports car. Quite frankly, not too many people even know anyone personally who own an Italian sports car. Why? Because they’re rare, exotic and typically priced so far out of the average man’s price range that they simply never are a topic of conversation. Sure, we’ve seen Ferraris at our local Cars & Coffee events but that’s about as close as it’s ever going to get for most people.
However, the Italian car company that’s currently under the FCA banner, Alfa Romeo is hitting the U.S. market with a unique sports sedan that will finally put many behind the wheel of a sporty Italian vehicle. And the Alfa Romeo Giuila is directly taking aim at the BMW 3 series, Cadillac ATS and Audi A4.
So does the Giuila have the balls under the hood to truly pride itself as an Italian sports car? With a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood pumping out 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, it just may. The Giuila comes standard as RWD model for all the burnouts and drifting your heart desires or you can pony up an extra $2k for all-wheel drive. This little Italian will also scamper to 60-mph in 5.1 seconds. The Alfa Active Suspension system also aids in performance as it adjusts the suspension depending on the road conditions. It’s also the only vehicle in its class to offer a carbon fiber drive shaft! The most important performance aspect Alfa Romeo can hang its hat on is the precision steering. Now that we’re in the age of electronically-assisted steering boxes, it’s both refreshing and exhilarating when a vehicle communicates the road accurately through the steering wheel and the Giuila does so effortlessly.
One facet the Giuila’s competitors will never be able to compete with is the sultry styling of this Italian masterpiece. Every line is carefully crafted and all the swooping angles exude finesse and brilliance. The front end alone is enough to deem the Giuila worthy of an upscale art exhibition. This innovative Italian is available in seven colors and unlike most vehicles, it looks immaculate in all of them – especially Rossa Alfa.
Upon first glance, the Alfa Romeo Giuila appears to be a vehicle with a price tag upwards of $60,000 – at least. From the inside-out, every nook and cranny was paid careful attention to and that can’t be said for some of its German counterparts. Not to mention, the vehicle’s rarity and exclusivity means you simply won’t see many during your commute which equates to an X-factor that you can’t put a price tag on. Combining the looks, performance and a starting price of right under $40,000, it’s hard to beat this spicy Italian.