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Report: Alfa Romeo Giulia Was Developed in Just 2.5 Years

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/15/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Alfa Romeo introduced the Giulia to the world last month, but we still don't know everything about the new model. Now, chief engineer Philippe Krief is helping to fill in the holes and talking a little more about Alfa's new rear-wheel-drive sedan, including its short development cycle.

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Speaking with Car magazine, Krief said that the model was developed during the course of just two-and-a-half years instead of the four- or five-year industry standard. To speed up the process, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne appointed a team of 10 specialists to work on the project away from the company's main R&D center.

"We were together always, so we had a huge amount of ideas and a quick decision-making process that you can’t have in a big company," Krief said.

According to Krief, one of the team's major goals for the Giulia was to create an ideal weight-to-power ratio. That meant targeting a weight of 1,500 kg (roughly 3,307 pounds) on the Cloverleaf ( Quadrifoglio ) model. The sedan uses a range of lightweight materials in the right places to save weight without breaking the bank.

"Suspension arms are mostly aluminium, front and rear, the engines are aluminium, the doors and fenders are all in aluminium, the boot on this one [the Cloverleaf] is carbonfibre, the roof also, we have also the propshaft in carbonfibre and structure of the seats," he said.

Some other revelations: Krief said that a four-cylinder Giulia is "probably" coming to the lineup, and a V-6 diesel is also a possibility. "We are package-protected for V-6 diesel, we can install it in the car and after we can decide whether to put it in or not," Krief said.

Source: Car

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