Alfa Romeo's Giulia GTA to take on the BMW M3

Alfa Romeo is set to launch its new Giulia saloon in late 2015, and the model has been designed to grab market share from the rapid BMW M3. To do so, the Italian manufacturer will unleash the car with power significantly greater than that of the 425bhp M3, potentially beyond 500bhp.

Auto Express has revealed an exclusive image demonstrating what the model could look like, and it's got all the style it needs to turn heads. The Giulia succeeds the discontinued 156 GTA, and design cues taken from the latter are evident. The arrow-shaped front grille and ringed alloy wheels are classic Alfa Romeo details, and they are complemented by an aggressive front bumper with integrated fog lights. The model will be a four-door, and from the image shown its clear the passenger door handles will be hidden to give the illusion of a coupé shape, boosting its sports appeal.

Under the bonnet, Alfa Romeo will fit a version of the Maserati Ghibli's 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 powertrain, which will produce between 480bhp and 520bhp. With a rear-wheel drive arrangement, the vehicle will be lighter as well as more powerful than the M3, helping it to better the German model for acceleration with a 0-60mph sprint time of below four seconds. A dual clutch gearbox and limited slip differential will likely be included as standard to keep all of the car's power in check.

The Giulia will mark the start of a five-year expansion plan for the brand, and each new arrival can be explored in detail with Lookers Alfa Romeo in Cardiff. Enquire with our team for details on the complete line-up.