Always gotta get this one in early.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 was, effectively, the first car I ever reviewed, in GT5. And so I felt it rather fitting to take it on in Forza 6.
In GT5, the Giulia TZ2 was an expensive as hell car that got in by winning their Pebble Beach trophy. This needed no such invitation to get in and is a damn sight cheaper, although 650,000 Cr is still a lot relatively speaking.
Of course, in GT5 it was worth every single penny because to drive it was simply sublime. It was simply unshakeable through corners, hooking to the racing line every single time without fail or question. You had to go a long, long way to find anything that drove as well as the Giulia TZ2 in GT5.
That said, due to the way GT’s physics work it was rather crippled by a lack of power, which rendered its staggeringly low weight somewhat moot when you actually raced it. This wouldn’t ordinarily be a problem, but with the way the PP system worked the Giulia TZ2 was often left high and dry by cars relative to it.
Luckily, Forza 6’s PI tends to work with a greater deal of accuracy, and its physics also reflect that. The Giulia TZ2 here is rather more rapid than the one I know, and it kind of shows.
However, while GT5’s Giulia stuck to the road like glue, this one is rather less sure-footed.
If you mess up a corner, it can struggle, leaving it wobbling about, understeering in places and unable to brake in time to make a corner perfectly. This means thrashing it about a track is rather inadvisable.
However, crucially, unlike some cars, it’s not dangerous. You never feel too threatened even when the car does end up going wrong because the result is rarely ever catastrophic. And if you do get it right…well, it’s pretty damn good. Notably the Giulia managed to handle Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew brilliantly.
The biggest difference in driving for sure though is out of corners. Part of the reason for the GT5 Giulia’s brilliance was that it never stepped out of line on the throttle, usually because there wasn’t the power. This does though and, much like I said with the cornering, you have to conquer it but it’s not difficult. You can get plenty of slides going and the car has more than enough balance to come back to you pretty much every time.
I realise I’ve been banging on about the comparison between this and GT a lot, so now I’ll get on to why you should buy the Giulia regardless. Obviously, the biggest selling point is the looks, which are sheer brilliance. This is unquestionably one of Zagato’s finest and with it one of Alfa Romeo’s finest. And with its reputation, that’s saying something.
The sound is all well and buzzy, and does well to replicate the feel of driving a true, old-school Italian racer. That said, it highly differs from the grumble that GT5’s produced…oh god, there I go again.
Truth be told, I keep evaluating the two because I rather thought this one would be just as brilliant as GT5’s. If I’m honest, it probably isn’t. But do not let another game cloud your judgement of this one because by itself, the Giulia TZ2 is still a great car to have around, and give a shot. Though I wouldn’t buy one here, due to the expense, you can just go and rent it for a try. It might be just what you’re after.