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Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Diesel Tuned to 232 HP by BR-Performance

All you guys want to talk about is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Q and its Ferrari-developed engine. But unless you're dodging the Carabinieri, you're probably going to buy this version, the 2.2 JTDM or MultiJet, depending on what your market's press team wants to call it.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Diesel Tuned to 232 HP by BR-Performance 11 photos
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Alfa has been working with the 2.2-liter diesel architecture for a very long time, too long, perhaps. And while companies like Mercedes or Jaguar boast cutting-edge 2.0-liter units, there's still something to be said about 10% higher displacement. For example, there's the superior 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, which is a lot for any four-banger.

But what do you do if that amount of power just isn't enough and you want to smoke the BMW 320d at the lights? Well, you could ask a tuning company to play with your boost settings.

BR-Performance Paris did just that and managed to squeeze out 232 PS as well as increasing the torque to a V6-like 542 Nm (400 lb-ft) of the twisting stuff. And while you're never going to find out what that means for the acceleration, we can at least tell you that a stock Giulia with 180 ponies and a manual (like the one in the photos) does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, boasting a respectable top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

So should you buy it instead of the BMW 3 Series? At least consider it, but only if you're willing to take a gamble on reliability. The Giulia isn't just a pretty face, as it features double-wishbone front suspension with plenty of feedback. You can’t totally disengage the traction control on non-Quadrifoglio versions. However, there's plenty of fun to be had with the DNA selector in Dynamic.

Engineers even boast that the carbon prop shaft from the Q is installed on these diesel models. Nobody has seen it. And we would have loved for BR-Performance to have taken some underbody shots of that. But what you see is what you get, unfortunately.

 
 
 
 
 

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