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Quite some time - that's how long it took us to recover after coming across the Alfa Romeo Giulia rally car above. And yes, we had plenty of reasons to lose control a bit over such a sight.

For starters, the Giulia you'll be able to buy in a showroom looks sexy enough, but this Martini-liveried WRC rendering simply takes things to a whole new level.

We have to thank Carwow for the image, with this being part of a more complex gallery of unexpected street metal turned rally material.

The Giulia has plenty of assets that would allow it to make a brilliant rally monster. That's the logical conclusion when the range-topping version of the street car managed to become the fastest sedan on the Nurburgring last year.

We'll remind you the Giulia Quadrifoglio managed to lap the Nordschleife in 7:43, which makes it a massive 13 seconds faster than the BMW M3. Sure, the Bavarians replied with the M4 GTS, a 7:28 machine, but even that development might be threatened by potential special editions of the Giulia - we'll remind you the current ways of Fiat Chrysler make these people special edition masters, so we might just see such a story becoming reality.

However, Alfa Romeo seems to be delaying the market introduction of the Giulia, with the latest rumors talking about the reasons being the development of the company's upcoming SUV, the one we recently talked about.

As we said in the title, this rendering is a guilty pleasure and that's because we enjoy it even though we know the project won't happen.

While Alfa Romeo is contemplating entering the motorsport scene, the company is far from having World Rally Championship intentions. Now that Alfa's parent company, Fiat Chrysler, has completed the Ferrari spinoff, Alfa Romeo might just enter the Formula One scene. But that's another story for another time.
 
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