Alfa Romeo Giulia: mechanics of emotion

2017-04-05 06:02
Photos: Stacey QuaroniAt the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia at Mekor Motors Amanzimtoti are: New vehicle sales manager, Elreda Carver and dealer principal, Joubert Adam.

Photos: Stacey QuaroniAt the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia at Mekor Motors Amanzimtoti are: New vehicle sales manager, Elreda Carver and dealer principal, Joubert Adam.

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SATURDAY, 25 March saw the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia at Mekor Amanzimtoti. The launch attracted motor enthusiasts from far and wide and they were not to be disappointed.

“The passion of Alfa supporters is very strong. The last time Alfa launched a Giulia was in the seventies.

“The company seems to have had a big rethink to reinvent themselves into the market, competing with Mercedes and BMW. On Saturday evening television programme Top Gear featured the top-of-the-range Giulia against the BMW M3. They thought it was a better car, performance and overall,” Alfa Romeo Club of Natal, Jimmy Dewar said.

“It is really a stunning looking car, it is in the mould of the newer European cars and has its own individuality, which is very much Alfa Romeo. It is very attractive. I still see Alfa at the cutting edge, ahead of their game as they were in the sixties,” said Alfa Romeo Club of Natal Event Co-ordinator Kevin Jarvis.

“The Giulia is so engaging to drive. When you get in it feels like you are part of the car. To me it is such an involving drive, not something to just get to work - it is much more than that, it is a tactile thing, one can enjoy the car.

“The Giulia compares very favourably with other German cars, BMW, Mercedes, and I feel still ahead of competitors,” he said.

Jarvis said the top of the Giulia-range, the QV, is stunning. Alfa brought 40 into country in Johannesburg and had sold all already.

“From a drive point of view, the launch featured the Giulia 2L turbo with HD transmission, which responds extremely well with an acceleration of 0 -100 in 6,6 seconds, the QV almost halves this performance, delivering 0-100 in 3,9 seconds. Not surprising, the Giulia holds the record for the fastest saloon (four-door sedan) car.”

Jarvis showed a video at the launch that bears testimony.

The driver completes the Nürburgring in blistering time, wearing only shorts, a T-shirt and crash helmet .

His time is 7,32 seconds for this 23km long race track in mountains, known as “the Green Hell”.

“Nürburgring is now a benchmark for all manufacturers to test, the track is actually open to public.

“Rudolf Caracciola was the first driver to win an automobile race at the Nürburgring,” Jarvis said.

There is, however, far more to the Alfa Romeo Giulia than its power and speed.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia was named “Most Beautiful Car” in the “Das Goldene Lenkrad” (Golden Steering Wheel) competition.

This award is added to six more remarkable international awards won by the new Alfa Romeo sports car, which includes the 2017 Driver’s Choice Award for Best New Luxury Car.

To book your test drive today, contact Mekor on 031 825 2900.

 

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