The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce is now being sold in the UK, starting at £37,935.
Despite doubts about whether Alfa Romeo would bring the Veloce to the UK, it was given the green light, although doesn't get the all-wheel drive of the European-spec Veloce and is only available in rear-wheel drive.
Under the bonnet is a spec-exclusive 2.0-litre petrol engine which produces 276bhp and 290lb ft, while returning a claimed 46.3mpg and emitting 141g/km CO2. Performance is watered down compared to the hot Quadrifoglio variant; 0-62mph comes in 5.7sec and top speed is 149mph, compared with the Quadrifoglio's 3.9sec and 191mph.
The Veloce gets exclusive bumper styling, as well as the Giulia Quadrifoglio's characteristic alloys. A more aggressive rear diffuser incorporates the Giulia Veloce's two exhausts, and it gets tinted rear windows and xenon headlights as standard. Alfa Romeo has also given the Veloce an exclusive blue paint colour.
Being a high-spec Giulia, dual-zone climate control, a drive mode selector, 8.8in infotainment system and a host of safety tech like autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and cruise control all come as standard.