The UK Giulia already has a swollen engine lineup, so why can't us Americans get a few more options as well?
Here in America, things tend to be a lot more simple compared to Europe once you get over the fact that here you have to tip and the prices on the shelves don’t include tax, but for the most part this rule of thumb also holds true for cars. While Europe has to sift through wagon variants, diesels, and left or right-hand drive, Americans get fewer flavors to play with. This can be seen on the newest Alfa Romeo Giulia lineup when comparing the engines the UK can pick from to the American market choices.
While Americans only get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder with 280 horsepower or a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 pushing 505 horsepower in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, buyers in the UK can choose from a 2.0-liter four-banger with 200 horsepower or a 2.2-liter diesel available with either 150 horsepower or 180 ponies, all of which are turbocharged, on top of the Quadrifoglio option. However, Alfa Romeo wanted to create a stepping stone to separate the 200 horsepower Giulia from the Quadrifoglio version and as such, as decided to introduce the Alfa Romeo Veloce to the UK. With the same 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the US version, the Veloce can rocket from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds.
That's thanks to the help of an eight-speed automatic gearbox that also allows the sedan to top out just 1 mph shy of a buck fifty. To help buyers bargaining with themselves over whether or not the car is worth it, European test cycles find that emissions as relatively low, with the four-banger returning 46.3 mpg on the combined cycle. Alfa Romeo made sure to add all of the exterior enhancements from the Speciale model, including sport bumpers, black gloss window surround, a rear diffuser, and a sport exhaust, before it brought things up a notch with 18-inch 10-spoke Turbine alloy wheels and black brake calipers. A new color, the gorgeous shade of Misano Blue paint seen here, is available as well.
While we’re happy for our cousins across the pond, the real question we want to answer is whether or not the American market will get more engines. Certainly no diesel will make it over, but there may be room for the 200 horsepower four-cylinder as well as another unit in the mid 300 horsepower range to help those who can’t afford a Giulia Quadrifoglio cope. Don’t hold your breath on it being called the Veloce anymore, though.