The next Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is set to pack a serious punch, but it won’t come from a petrol engine.
Having already confirmed the Giulia (or a sedan just like it) will live on when the brand goes electric, Alfa Romeo is now hinting at the fact it could pump out a whopping 735kW of power.
Speaking with British media, as reported by Top Gear, brand CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said the regular Giulia line-up will pack between 257kW and 588kW, while the flagship Quadrifoglio will pump out 735kW – equivalent to 1000hp.
Currently, the most powerful version of the Giulia QV, the ultra-limited GTAm, pumps out 402kW from its fettled twin-turbo V6. Its new PHEV rival from Mercedes-AMG combines petrol with e-power to pump out up to 500kW.
He’s also promising enough range to make the Giulia a usable tourer.
“I don’t want you to suffer inconvenience from switching to EV. The question for me is not whether to switch to EV, it’s to get the right handling and agility,” said Mr Imparato, as reported by Top Gear.
Alfa Romeo is gearing up to build its range ahead of the switch to electric-only power in 2027.
The brand’s first electric car will come in 2024, in the form of a small SUV to sit beneath the Tonale. It’s expected to ride on the same e-CMP platform as the recently-revealed Jeep Avenger, and will offer both petrol and electric power.
The electric Avenger features a 54kWh nickel-manganese-cobalt lithium-ion battery pack, good for a claimed range of 400km.
Come 2025, we’ll see the reveal of the first standalone electric Alfa Romeo, with new cars to follow in 2026 and 2027.
What form the new Giulia will take isn’t clear. It might not be a sedan, or a wagon… and it’s not going to be an SUV, according to comments from Mr Imparato published in Autocar.
Under the skin, the next Giulia and its Stelvio sibling are expected to ride on the Stellantis STLA Large platform currently in development.
Vehicles based on the STLA Large platform will be able to offer AWD performance and dynamics with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in as low as two seconds, according to Stellantis, and batteries up to 118kWh will allow for up to 800km of range.