Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 

Alfa Romeo,Design | July 06 2017

Alfa Romeo: Designed for the ages

When an Alfa Romeo takes to the road, the classic design of the Italian performance vehicle turns heads.

In the classroom, Alfa Romeo vehicles are also an inspiration to the next generation of designers.

“When I look at candidates at design schools, they are always sketching Alfa Romeos,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA – Global, when he recently addressed attendees at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

As Gilles stood among modern and classic Alfa Romeos at the event, he brought attention to the design elements that inspire both students and professionals.

“Look at the deep heritage we have here with vehicles that are close to 100 years old,” Gilles added. “We really haven’t forgotten them as we approach design.”

Alfa Romeo Stradale

Alfa Romeo Stradale

This approach to create a modern-day classic can be found in the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Gilles said the “engineer really made the work easy” for designers. He said the “proportions are the magic” of the Giulia with its short overhangs, wide stance and where the front wheel is relative to the bumper.

“That’s why the vehicle has this beautiful, understated quality about it,” Gilles said. “It should age very well.”

When one sees a Giulia approaching, its instantly recognizable by the iconic “Trilobo” front grille, which returns in the performance sedan.

Alfa Romeo Giulia with "Trilobo" front.

Alfa Romeo Giulia with “Trilobo” front.

“The whole front end emanates from that grille,” said Gilles, who has driven nearly 11,000 miles in his own Giulia Quadrifoglio. “You can’t mistake it from anything else.”

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio interior

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio interior

Designers also focused on the interior of the Giulia, which is an “intimate” experience as the car “wraps around” the driver and gives the driver a cockpit feeling with oversized gauges.

“It just reminds you it is about performance. It is about escapism when you get in the car,” Gilles said. “You feel the passion of the designers and engineers in the vehicle.”

Visit the Alfa Romeo website to learn more about the Giulia and other vehicles in the company’s lineup.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.