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Crime-Fighting Alfa Romeo Giulia Packs Armored Windows and Doors, Gun Holders

A brand-new Alfa Romeo Giulia equipped with a 200-PS (197-hp) 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox was delivered to the carmaker’s new headquarters in Turin recently, wearing a distinctive blue livery. That car is meant to be the first of 1,770 units that are set to join the Italian police force.
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In attendance for the delivery event were Stellantis exec John Elkann, police commander Teo Luzi, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato, plus several other execs and officers.

Alfa Romeo’s partnership with the Italian police dates to post-WW2 times, with classic models such as the Alfa 1900 M “Matta” joining the service in 1951. A year later came the 1900 sedan, also known as the Gazelle. It went by that name because it embodied the concept for emergency response: fast, agile, and durable.

Then came the Giulia of the 1960s, followed by the Alfetta, the Alfa Romeo 90, the 75, 155, 156, and then eventually the 159—before this latest-generation Giulia took over, which at its best, fought crime in Quadrifoglio spec.

The car you’re looking at here is the updated Giulia, although most of the 2020 model year upgrades involved the interior, meaning we’re still waiting for a full-on exterior facelift. Anyway, since this is a police vehicle, it must look the part, and that’s where the blue livery comes in. The car also gets a new aerodynamic variable message panel, roof-mounted emergency lights, plus a set of LED flashing lights mounted on the door mirrors.

Then we’ve got the really cool features, such as the bulletproof windshield and side windows, shatterproof rear window, armored front doors with B4 protection, fuel tank explosion protection, two electromechanical weapons holders, a bulletproof vest, plus a single person detainee cell.

In the end, this is a proper police car, and that 197-hp turbocharged engine should provide it with adequate performance for day-to-day use.

 
 
 
 
 

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