Alfa Romeo is still fine tuning its Giulia sedan ahead of the car’s market launch later this year (early next year for American readers), and here we see one of the more advanced prototypes testing at the Nürburgring race track in Germany.

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Recall that the Giulia launches in its high-performance variant, known as the Quadrifoglio, and it’s shaping up to be one impressive sports sedan if this video from YouTube user cvdzijden is any indication.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is designed to take on the Cadillac ATS-V, BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, and will bring to the fight a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering a minimum 510 horsepower. Such output, by the way, puts the car at the top of its class. Regular Giulias will compete with the tamer versions of the small luxury sedans mentioned, i.e. the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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All Giulias will ride on a common platform, in this case a new rear-wheel-drive design (with available all-wheel drive) that in modified form is expected to underpin most of Alfa Romeo’s future lineup, including its high-riding models. Alfa Romeo has confirmed eight new models to be launched between now and the end of 2018, with the Giulia being the first.


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