Sadly the Veloce does not get a V6, having to settle for a standard four-pot petrol engine, producing 280PS (205kW) and 400Nm (295lb ft) of torque. The engine is actually very good, thumping its torque out at 1,750rpm and hitting peak power at 5,520rpm. That means the pickup is very good, and with everything sent to the back – like the Quad – it’s a lithe machine off the line. The downside is the noise. There’s some trickery going on to make it feel a bit more burbly when you get going, but when it’s idling – dare we say it – it sounds a bit like a diesel. Which is not really what you want from a performance car.
Out on the open road the Giulia’s great chassis is still there, with a very quick steering rack and fast throttle pickup meaning you can have some fun. Sadly whatever fun you are having can only go so far though, as the traction control is always there – there’s no way to turn it off. Even so, it actually lets you get away with quite a lot before it cuts in. Floor it in a straight line on a damp road and the Veloce will squirm quite happily and quite far up the rev range before the overlords cut in. In fact it’s actually quite hard to extract the supposed 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds in anything other than absolutely perfect conditions, because the rear is too happy to get involved. It also lets you find some slide when you’re out and about, in the highest D setting on the adjustable dial that is. You can let the rear step out a bit, but the reaction is sharp if it cuts in, so watch out, as the snap back can be a bit startling.
But the joy of the Veloce over the Quadrifoglio is that while you can still have a lot of fun, it is much more relaxed when you just want to calm down. Come back down to “N” on the dial and everything is settled, the eight-speed auto ‘box is relaxed and gentle and it all feels very refined. While the Quad always feels like it has something that can bite if you just overstep a bit too much, the Veloce is much more relaxed if you would like it to be.