New Alfa Romeo Engine Leaks: Will We See a 350-HP Giulia Veloce? ""

By | November 10, 2017

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T AWD

We’re big fans of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in its basic 2.0-liter, 280-hp trim as well as in its 505-horse cloisonné-cloverleaf-badged Quadrifoglio configuration. The Italian sports sedan delivers a degree of nimbleness and engagement that the Bavarians have forgotten and the Swabians, Japanese, and Americans have only occasionally appeared capable of producing. While we’re disappointed by the lack of a manual here in the United States, we’re heartened by rumors of an upcoming Veloce model, which is seeming to gather steam via recent posts to social media.


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Bozi Tatarevic posted the image shown above on Twitter yesterday, which he cribbed from Mopar Tech Authority, FCA’s OEM service site. Engine options beyond the two we’ve come to know in the States include a 2.2-liter diesel and a 350-hp version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas burner. Tatarevic noted that the site does show global service info, so we reached out to FCA for clarification and received the following from Alfa Romeo USA product communications manager Berj Alexanian: “No plans for any other engines for Giulia in North America for 2018 model year besides the 2.0L and 2.9L [gasoline] versions.” The Quadrifoglio, in case you weren’t aware, is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6.

Note that Alexanian said nothing about the 2019 model year. If we were guessing, we’d expect a spring auto-show debut for the hotter, non-Quad Giulia, although the fact that the new engine is already in the Mopar service system might mean that the car could bow earlier. Given the impending arrival of a Giulia coupe, we’d expect the new motor to help the Italian go toe to toe with Audi’s S4 and S5. We’ve also reached out to Alfa Romeo HQ in Italy and will update if further clarification arrives.

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