Like the Quadrifoglio it gets teledial wheels and has the clever Q4 all-wheel drive system, but this time mated to a version of the 2.0-litre turbo engine with 280bhp. There’s also a 210bhp version of the 2.2 diesel with the Veloce badge. Until now the most powerful Giulia we have known about, aside from the range-topper, has had 200bhp, and the best diesel 180bhp. Like all Giulias the Veloce versions get the eight-speed paddleshift automatic transmission.
When does the Giulia Veloce join the UK range? There’s the rub. With Alfa yet to decide if it will be sold here, would-be Giulia buyers in the UK are probably best advised to go with the current range. It’s unusual these days for the UK to miss out on a model the rest of Europe gets but the parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group is not averse to taking tough product planning decisions – such as bringing in only the diesel Maserati Levante for the UK.
Will it matter? Probably not, not at the moment anyway. In the current Giulia range Alfa has the Quadrifoglio we can lust after – 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and £59,000! – and the model the vast majority of Giulia buyers will go for – complete with its 67mpg and tax-friendly 109g/km.
A proper dose of Alfa sedan character and all the right company car numbers for under £30,000 sounds pretty Veloce to us.