TURIN -- Alfa Romeo will unveil the range-topping version of its new Giulia sedan on Wednesday. The sport sedan is called the Giulia Quadrifoglio and it will be a competitor to the BMW M3 and Audi RS 4, sources said.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sporty Italian brand plans to emphasize performance to stand out against its premium German rivals. Luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes tend to introduce high-performance variants later in a model's product cycle to maintain interest, though in some cases that is changing.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will be the first example of Alfa's bold strategy to take on BMW, Mercedes and Audi. It is powered by a 510-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine derived from the unit that Ferrari builds for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, according to supplier sources.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will be offered only with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, sources said ahead of Wednesday's unveiling.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will go on sale in Europe early next year and in the U.S. a few months later as the first variant of Alfa's new midsize sport sedan that will play a crucial role in the brand's revival.
The Giulia's core gasoline engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. European markets will get diesels including a 3.0-liter V-6 currently offered by Jeep and Maserati.