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Monday, December 19, 2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo Four With 350 HP? Yes, Please

Want to get your hands on a new #AlfaRomeo Giulia? If you're in the North American market, you can get it with either 280 horsepower or 510. Nothing in between. The Italian automaker, though, will change that by bridging the gap with a new performance version.

According to documents obtained by Auto Evolution, Alfa is planning to bring a new version of the Giulia to the United States. It's expected to pack the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the base model, but instead of just 280 horsepower, this one would produce a more prodigious 350 HP.

That would put it close to the middle of the gap between the existing base/Ti version and the flagship Quadrifoglio performance model. It'd also pack all-wheel drive – which is optional on base models and not available in the Quadrifoglio.

The increased output from the turbo four would also position the mid-range Giulia to take on a growing class of luxury performance sedans that slot in below their more extreme counterparts. So where the Quadrifoglo model competes with the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, the 350 HP version would go up against models like the Mercedes-AMG C43, Audi S4 and BMW 340i.

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