Luxury car maker Alfa Romeo will be supplying Carabinieri Italian law enforcement with the Alfa Romeo Giulia model to replace some of their fleet of cars. The Carabinieri police force will have two Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sedans servicing Milan and Rome.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia comes with a great deal of power packed under the hood. The car is supplied with a power to weight ratio of 6.6 pounds per horsepower weighing in at 503 pounds, in its 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The Giulia is able to reach 60 miles per hour under four seconds, according to carscoops.com. The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s speed and power is what will make a perfect rapid response vehicle for the Italian police. The police force plans to utilize the vehicle to transport items that are time sensitive, such as organs for transplant.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia will come with the same features as the civilian version. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, as well as the leather interior. However, not all police officers will be supplied with the Alfa Romeo Giulia as their official vehicle. The select few officers who will be assigned the power packed car will also receive training to drive the car from Alfa Romeo, at the Varano de’ Melegari circuit.
Despite the Alfa Romeo Guila design not being drastically different from the civilian vehicle, there are some police only features. The Alfa Romeo Giulia that the police department will receive comes with specific features for law enforcement that will not be in the civilian model. The police cars will have the sports tablets and radios embedded into the passenger side of the dashboard. TechTimes reported that other special equipment includes, a defibrillator machine, LED flashlights, transportable cooling units, as well as a convenient weapons compartment. Alfa Romeo is even painting the Giulia in Carabinieri’s signature dark blue.
The Italian police have tried a variety of vehicles, throughout their history, before the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars and SUVs have been used in the past. The Italian police force is not new to power packed vehicles. In 2011, the Italian law enforcement had two specially equipped Lotus Evora S models.
The contract between the Italian police is not just for the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Carscoops explains the company will also be supplying over 800 vehicles to the Carabinieri Police Department during the 2016 calendar year. Those vehicles include other models of Alfa Romeo, Jeep Renegades and the Panda 4×4 by Fiat will round out the fleet.
While the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available for civilian use, it is expected to be released in Europe by September 2016. According to Auto Express, the details for the civilian version have yet to be released. The cost of the car has also not been revealed. However, the magazine expects that the car will start at $41,833.22 (£29,000).
Americans will also get a chance to purchase the Alfa Romeo Giulia, as it is expected to hit car shows on the other side of the pond soon. According to TechTimes, the import will be a toned down version of the police vehicle. The other version of the Giulia will have a 2.0 liter fuel-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine able to unleash a horsepower of seven pounds per weight. The engine is 276 lbs. and 295 lb-ft of torque.
For now, the Italian police department will be the first to be supplied with the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The rest of the world will have to wait, at least until fall to have the chance to drive the power packed Alfa Romeo Giulia.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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