TURIN -- Alfa Romeo will unveil the range-topping version of its new Giulia sedan on Wednesday evening. The car is called the Giulia Quadrifoglio and it will be a competitor to the BMW M3 and Audi RS 4, sources said.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sporty Italian brand plans to use performance to stand out against its German premium rivals.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will be the first example of the strategy. It is powered by a 510-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine derived from the unit that Ferrari builds for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, according to supplier sources.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will be offered only with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, sources said ahead of tomorrow's unveiling. A carbon fiber hood and roof help reduce weight to about 1,500kg.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will go on sale in Europe early next year and in the U.S. a few months later as the first variant of Alfa's new Giulia midsize sedan that will play a crucial role in the brand's revival.
Photos and some details about the car began to leak on Tuesday ahead of its world introduction on Wednesday.
The Giulia's core gasoline engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. Europe will get diesels including a 3.0-liter V-6 currently offered by Jeep and Maserati.