Word is, however, that the lap time could have been its undoing, with the Giulia sent back for suspension revisions after the discovery that it was too stiff, even for the racetrack.
Alfa’s most potent offering since the 8C is still a mouth-watering prospect, its light weight (1524kg) and searing speed – 3.9sec 0-100km/h thanks to its 2.9-litre Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 – providing it the on-paper ability to give the M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 a bloody nose.
So when will it finally get here? Last time it was talked about the date was late 2016. Today it seems 2017 is more likely. Whatever the case, you can rest assured it is coming.
This article was originally published in MOTOR February 2016.