Alfa Romeo’s Australian dealers are holding more than 100 orders for the 375kW Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolgio despite customers not knowing the price. The Quadrifoglio will go head-to-head with BMW’s M3 (from $139,615) and Mercedes-AMG C63 S ($155,615), and is expected to cost around $140,000.

Powered by a Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6, the Australian-spec Giulia Quadrifoglio (red car pictured) will run an eight-speed torque-converter auto gearbox – left-hand-drive markets have the choice of manual or auto, but by all accounts, the auto is the pick. In fact, the auto was seven seconds faster around the Nurburgring, setting a production sedan record of 7:32 in September. The rear-drive Giulia (the first rear-drive Alfa Romeo sedan since the 1992 75) also accelerates to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 305km/h.

The Quadrifolgio will top the four-tier model line-up that starts with the Giulia and runs through Giulia Sport and Giulia Veloce to the aforementioned Quadrifoglio. Production of Australian-spec cars has just begun and Alfa Romeo expects the Giulia variants to roll into showrooms from February to April.

The entry-level Giulia is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder with 147kW and 330Nm; good enough for a claimed 6.6-second 0-100km/h dash and 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle. The Giulia features leather trim, bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors and camera, sat nav, dual-zone air-con and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Giulia Super retains the same 147kW/330Nm petrol engine, but also introduces the option of a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder. With 132kW and 450Nm, the diesel Super accelerates to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds and boasts an official consumption figure of just 4.2L/100km. The Super brings with it a higher-grade of leather trim that extends to the dash and door cards, an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, adaptive cruise and blind spot monitoring.

While our focus will be on the 375kW Quadrifoglio, the Giulia Veloce (blue car pictured) looks like a potential sweet spot of the range. The Veloce’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder has been wound up to produce 206kW and 400Nm, and the 0-100km/h claim drops to 5.8 seconds. Combined cycle consumption is rated at 6.1L/100km. Beyond what we hope is a raspy-sounding engine full of brio, the Veloce adds adaptive suspension, limited-slip diff and 19-inch alloys.

Pricing and final specification will be announced closer to the February launch.

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