A very interesting Maserati Ghibli prototype has been spied testing in wintery conditions in Europe and while it certainly looks like a Ghibli on first impressions, indications point towards it being a very early prototype for the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan.

Compared to the Ghibli, this test mule identifiably features a shorter wheelbase as well as smaller rear doors complementing the overall shorter body of the Italian car.

As for the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia, it is expected to be revealed on June 24 next year and will rival the German trio of the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. Additionally, the Giulia will join the market alongside the recent revealed Jaguar XE. At the top of the range will be the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cloverleaf with it pinned to take the fight to the latest M3 and upcoming twin-turbo C63 AMG with upwards of 520 hp!

Under the hood, it will feature a truly ferocious 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine straight from the Maserati Ghibli. This engine is built by none other than Ferrari and in Giulia Cloverleaf guise, is expected to produce between 480 hp and 520 hp. Whichever of those power outputs is chosen, the car will be significantly more powerful than the 425 hp M3.

Reports indicate that the range-topper will weigh less than the M3 and consequently reach 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds! Mated to the engine will be a dual-clutch transmission with a limited-slip differential helping to ensure the best possible handling and acceleration.

Elsewhere, the Giulia will be available with a selection of 4-cylinder diesel and petrol engines.

[Via Carscoops]

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