The German slayer is coming, let the battle begin.

We’ve been waiting for a proper, rear-wheel drive sports sedan from Alfa Romeo for more than two decades, ever since the demise of the boxy 75 in 1992, and here it is: the all-new Giulia.

To make up for all those years of front (and all-wheel drive) saloons, Alfa chose to debut the rear-wheel Giulia in its most hardcore form, the Quadrifoglio Verde or simply QV, which gets a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine “tuned by engineers with Ferrari background” that’s rated for 503hp.

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Incidentally, that’s the same output as the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S, which together with the BMW M3, and Audi RS4, form the Giulia QV’s main set of rivals.

The Italians added that, “despite the sensational power and torque output, the new engine is surprisingly fuel efficient and implements an electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system”.

According to Alfa, the Giulia QV goes from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.