Meet the Alfa Romeo Guilia: Italy's answer to the German super saloons

Stonking 503bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine and jaw-dropping looks spark World Cup-style rivalry

Alfa Romeo Giulia picks a fight with the BMW M3

Ah brilliant, are we going to talk about the 1970 World Cup?

Do you mean the "Game of the Century" where Italy just pipped the Germans 4-3? We'd love to, but this is all about Alfa Romeo's latest unveiling - a car so exciting that it has the world's motoring media doing little somersaults across their offices.

That's a shame but go on, what's all the fuss about?

As you may well be aware, Alfa Romeo's current two-normal-car line-up is about as exciting as watching paint dry while listening to The Archers. Apart from the gorgeous and rather expensive 4C, there's little else to entice punters into showrooms.

That could all change with the unveiling of the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (QV for short) - a pumped-up saloon that will happily challenge the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG in a drag race.

Alfa Romeo Giulia picks a fight with the BMW M3

Nice. And what about the figures?

We know that it will be powered by a 503bhp 3.0-litre V6, which Alfa said has been "inspired by Ferrari". We also know that weight distribution is a perfect 50:50 and that power is pumped to the rear wheels. That's basically a full house if we were playing petrolhead bingo.

The Italian engineers also claim they have kept weight down to an impressive 1500kg, which means the brute will accelerate from 0-62mph in a retina-ruining 3.9 seconds.

Wallop! It's not bad looking either...

Indeed, the boys at Alfa know how to style a good-looking motor. It features the typically triangular front grille, which you may recognise from the 4C and the glorious 8C supercar. The wheel arches are flared, the headlamps sharp and the back end is stuffed with all manner of diffusers and fat exhausts.

To say it looks purposeful would be an understatement.

Alfa Romeo Giulia picks a fight with the BMW M3

Hang on a second, don't Alfa Romeos fall apart a lot?

Alfas have been known to be a little, erm, temperamental, but that's what their owners love about them. Anyway, they've improved massively in recent years, with upgraded infotainment systems from parent company Fiat and improved interiors making them more attractive.

A version of Alfa's DNA control will also be seen on the Giulia, which changes the vehicle dynamics from comfortable to all-out sporty. In fact, the upcoming model will even have a 'Race' mode for ultra-angry track mentalists. Is that advanced enough for you? 

It certainly is. How much will it cost and where can I buy one?

You can register interest with a local dealer now but there's currently no word on price. Oh, and expect to wait until winter of 2016 before it arrives on your driveway.