Alfa Romeo’s premium Giulia sedan is aimed squarely at products like the Cadillac ATS, with sleek styling, an upscale interior, available all-wheel-drive, and a base 2.0L turbo I4 engine with a similar level of output (280 horsepower in the Giulia vs. 272 in the ATS). Also like the ATS, there is a range-topping high-performance model with a twin-turbocharged V6, although at 505 horsepower, the Giulia Quadrifoglio packs a somewhat bigger punch than Cadillac’s 464-horsepower ATS-V.
Now, the Alfa Romeo Giulia could be making a play to match the Cadillac ATS’ middle-of-the-range 3.6L V6, with evidence pointing toward the future introduction of a 350-horsepower Giulia in “Veloce” trim (per Fiat Chrysler Authority). The new Alfa Romeo is tipped to make its power with a more highly-tuned version of its 2.0L turbo I4, and its mill would be slightly more potent at its peak than Cadillac’s naturally-aspirated, 335-horsepower LGX V6.
Granted, there’s no replacement for the throttle response of a naturally-aspirated engine, and Alfa Romeo seems to have forgotten to offer a manual transmission option in the US-market Giulia. What’s more, given Alfa Romeo’s difficulty re-launching in the US market, there’s some question of how well the 350-horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce will sell here – if it arrives at all.
Still, those looking for a Cadillac ATS with a 3.6L V6 in the future could find themselves with a new, Italian model against which to cross-shop the American luxury car.