Alfa Romeo revealed details of its new rival for the Audi S4 on its German media website. It has recently introduced the Veloce badge to its Mito supermini, replacing the pre-facelift Quadrifoglio range-topper.
The Giulia Veloce will be available with either a 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces maximum torque of 295lb ft, or a 2.2-litre 207bhp diesel, with 347lb ft. These are both tuned versions of existing engines in the Giulia line-up, and are new to the Alfa Romeo range.
In Germany, where the car has been officially announced, the car is only available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
Its four-wheel drive nature is the sticking point for selling the car in the UK, according to an Alfa Romeo spokesman. If the car did reach UK showrooms, it would be as an rear-wheel drive model, but Alfa Romeo is still undecided as to whether it will make this happen.