Update 11/10/17: Friend-of-the-site Bozi Tatarevic found on FCA's OEM service site. An that the automaker has no plans to bring out any new engines for the 2018 Giulia, but made no mention of the 2019 model. The original post, as published 12/15/16, appears below.
Currently, Alfa Romeo has confirmed two trim levels for its U.S.-bound Giulia sedan–the 280-hp base model, and the 505-hp Quadrifoglio. That 225-hp gulf between the two models is sizable, so it makes sense that Alfa might develop a car to slot right in between the two. Apparently, Alfa is already doing that with a 350-hp Giulia Veloce that's US-bound.
, evidence for a 350-hp Giulia was first uncovered by Dutch tuning firm Squadra Tuning earlier this year. Autoevolution also obtained a screenshot of an internal document that seems to confirm that a four-cylinder, 350-hp, all-wheel-drive model, dubbed the Giulia Veloce, is headed to North America.
In an email sent to Road & Track, an Alfa Romeo spokesman declined to comment on the potential existence of this model.
If you've followed the Giulia and Alfa Romeo's expanding model lineup closely, this is undoubtedly confusing. The , a more luxurious trim level that comes standard with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive, but no performance upgrades, in spite of what the "Veloce" name implies.
Still, it makes sense for Alfa to offer some sort of mid-point between the base Giulia and the Quadrifoglio. A 350-hp Veloce would be poised to compete with the 354-HP Audi S4, the 362-hp Mercedes-AMG C43, and the 320-hp BMW 340i, though all those cars use six-cylinders to the Alfa's four.
Like the US-bound Quadrifoglio, the Giulia Veloce won't offer a manual transmission, according to the documents obtained by Autoevolution. This is par for the course for all of its theoretical German rivals, save the BMW.
Of course, none of this is confirmed, and given Alfa's tendency to change US-market plans at the last minute, we'll won't know for sure until the Veloce arrives at dealers. We hope it comes because an Italian sedan with as much power as a fifth-gen Corvette, and that's cheaper than the $73,000 Quadrifoglio sounds like our idea of a good time.