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Romeo, Romeo: 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

The new 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, Alfa's long-running compact four-door sports sedan
The new 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, Alfa’s long-running compact four-door sports sedan.

Here’s your Italian word of the day: Veloce. As in Vel-oh-chay. And say it the way Pacino and De Niro do, with a shrug of the shoulders and the palms of your hands facing upwards.

According to the lexicographers at Collins, it means swift, or rapid, or something that moves at great speed.

This is a perfect description for the newly-facelifted 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce I’m driving. See it zipping past you on I-75, and you could be forgiven for shouting out “E una macchina veloce,” or “That’s a heckuva fast car.”

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce boasts a flowing roofline and haunches over the wheels.
The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce boasts a flowing roofline and haunches over the wheels.

That said, just saying the three words Alfa Romeo Giulia makes you sound like Marcello Mastroianni whispering sweet nothings into Sophia Loren’s ear. Or, maybe, the other way around.

The Giulia is Alfa’s long-running compact four-door sports sedan that’s been around, largely unchanged, since 2016. It’s the oh-so-pretty rival to the Germanic trio that’s BMW’s 3 Series, Audi’s A4, and Mercedes’ C-Class.

Giulia prices run from the entry Sprint version at $44,935, to the tire-fryin’ 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio Carbon at a whopping $87,625. Our Giulia Veloce RWD tester sits in the middle of the line-up at $51,695, or $55,140 very nicely loaded.

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine packs 280 horsepower and 306 pound-foot of torque.
The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine packs 280 horsepower and 306 pound-foot of torque.

What sets it apart is design. This is still one of the prettiest four-door sedans money can buy. From that trademark scudetto, or “little shield” grille, to the flowing roofline and the muscular haunches over the wheels, it’s as stylish as George Clooney in Armani.

The changes for 2024 don’t amount to much but include new LED adaptive headlights with a distinctive “trilobe” design. See them in your rear-view and you’d be forgiven for thinking there was a tiger on your tail.

What hasn’t changed is the feisty turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under that curvy hood. While it’s certainly not the screaming twin-turbo V6 powering the Quadrifoglio model, it’s still a lively performer packing 280 horseys and a meaty 306 pound-foot of torque.

Alfa's trademark scudetto, or "little shield," grille.
Alfa’s trademark scudetto, or “little shield,” grille.

Powering the rear wheels—all-wheel-drive is a $2,000 option—through an eight-speed automatic, the Veloce can rush from standstill to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds and hit a top speed of 149 miles per hour.

Dialing-up Dynamic Mode on the center console-mounted drive mode selector is like putting a shot of Red Bull in the tank. The throttle gets more responsive, and the shifts get more urgent, while the sound from the quad exhausts goes full Pavarotti.

But still, what sets the Giulia apart from the rest is its truly remarkable steering. It’s as if that flat-bottomed wheel is hard-wired into your gray-matter, telegraphing every bit of information as to what’s happening with the front wheels.

New for 2024 is a 12.3-inch gauge cluster mounted deep under trademark Alfa instrument hoods. The displays feature instruments with pin-sharp, easy-to-read graphics.
New for 2024 is a 12.3-inch gauge cluster mounted deep under trademark Alfa instrument hoods. The displays feature instruments with pin-sharp, easy-to-read graphics.

This is the essence of a great sports sedan, and one that makes even the shortest commute or longest road trip a joy. It’s what makes the Alfa feel alive, and energetic, and athletic.

And punch it hard through a tight curve, or around a freeway on-ramp, and the body always feels tightly controlled with hardly a hint of roll.

It doesn’t come at the expense of a comfortable ride either. Even over the lumpiest of blacktops, the suspension soaks up bumps like Bounty soaks up kitchen spills.

The center console-mounted drive mode selector.
The center console-mounted drive mode selector.

Inside, the Giulia continues the sporty theme. New for 2024 is a 12.3-inch gauge cluster mounted deep under trademark Alfa instrument hoods. The displays feature instruments with pin-sharp, easy-to-read graphics.

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce.

And settling into those front bucket seats is like getting a hug from John Cena, with no shortage of power-adjustment to keep you comfy. With a little seat adjustment, you can also squeeze a couple of adults in the back seats with no complaints.

Gas-engined Alfas are not long for this world as the Italian maker moves towards electrification. Rumor has it that a Giulia EV will arrive sometime in 2025.

So maybe now’s the time to scoop up one of the last gas-powered Alfas and enjoy the veloce of the Giulia Veloce.

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