So what sort of platform, product and cutting-edge technology has so many billion euros of investment bought FCA?
The Giulia is certainly a relatively light, advanced and powerful saloon offering the kind of material construction, suspension technology and powertrain sophistication that not only brings it into the compact executive saloon segment in a particularly strong position, but should also allow it to remain competitive with its German rivals for years to come.
The car’s underbody construction is predominantly steel, with aluminium and composites used in places to save weight. All Giulias get aluminium suspension arms and subframes, cast aluminium suspension towers, aluminium doors and wings and a carbonfibre driveshaft.
The Quadrifoglio version adds a carbonfibre bonnet and roof to that material mixture, as well as a carbonfibre front splitter with active aerodynamic functions.
Alfa Romeo quotes a kerb weight for the Quadrifoglio of 1580kg, which does indeed give it the class-leading power-to-weight ratio for which Alfa aimed, judging by the company’s claims (and ignoring the even more niche-market Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, whose base car, the Holden Commodore, goes out of production this year).
But a word of qualification here: if the Giulia really is the lightest super-saloon on the block, it probably won’t be by much.