We drove the Veloce spec of the latest Alfa Romeo Giulia. It has arguably been the sweetest spot in the Giulia range until now – and I’m happy to confirm that this remains the status quo.
The Veloce is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It’s hardly the screaming V6 of Alfa legend, but with 280PS (206kW) on tap and 400Nm (295lb ft) available it’s also endowed well enough to survive. Peak torque doesn’t kick in until a relatively high 2,250rpm – power at 5,250 – so there is a whiff of delay on pickup, but once it gets going the delivery is smooth and controllable.
The Giulia Veloce’s real trump card remains its chassis. While the engine might not get close to the fire of that in the Quadrifoglio, the way the Veloce handles provides a strong sample of the big brother’s talents. Damping is firm but nicely pliable, providing a good mixture between allowing you to live with the car day-to-day and good response to inputs. The steering is weighted on the stronger side, but complements the chassis nicely.
On a B-road the Giulia Veloce really comes to life, there is still no apparent way to turn off the traction control, but it’s a relatively slack system, not wishing to clamp you in irons the moment you try to bring the car round a tighter corner. That rear slip isn’t outrageous, like it can be in the Quadrifoglio, but with a limited-slip differential in place it’s controllable and helpful, especially for traction on exit.