Alfa Romeo just announced that it will share its Alfa Giulia model platform with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), calling it a "jewel" that's too good not to be shared. After all, Alfa Romeo is owned by FCA, so the crossover is expected. But what exactly makes Giulia such a good platform for others to share it with?
For the record, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is built to battle German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It is one of eight Alfa Romeo models that share the Giorgio platform, which is due to be shared not just with FCA cars, but also with other brands like Chrysler and Maserati. The Giulia has been described by Alfa Romeo boss Reid Bigland as a jewel in terms of dynamics and being the best in its class, Carscoops reported.
Looking at the specs, it is easy to see why. The Alfa Giulia's high-strength steel body, coupled with aluminum and carbon-fiber build and a patented all-aluminum suspension, gives it a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Its rear-wheel drive in a front-engine system also gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 7lbs/hp, one of the best in its class. Its all-aluminum, 90-degree, 2.9 liter, Bi-Turbo V6 engine delivers a whopping 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm. It also propels from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 191 miles per hour.
With all these specs, sharing the Giulia's platform will not only prove beneficial to FCA, but to Alfa Romeo as well. It will also help the company recoup more than 1 billion Euros ($1.07 billion), which they spent to develop the Giorgio platform (from which the Alfa Giulia was built) that will be used in eight other models such as the Dodge Charger sedan and the Challenger coups, according to Motoring.
Car buyers will now have something to look forward to. Fiat enthusiasts used to driving front-wheel drive cars will also have a new rear-wheel drive experience and a powerful engine to boot once this project comes into fruition.