Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review
Alfa has a rich history of building cars that are great to drive and this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a proper BMW M3 beater. It could be better quality inside, though.
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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio isn’t just a high-performance saloon for those who don’t want to buy something German. It’s every bit as good as alternatives such as the BMW M3 and Audi RS4 when it comes to the way it drives, so if you’re looking at the Audi or BMW, don’t go ahead and sign on the dotted line without at least considering the Giulia.
Next to its brutish German alternatives, the Giulia is like a belting opera at a techno festival. It just does things with more style, plus its powerful six-cylinder engine sounds like Pavarotti at full tilt.
It looks the part thanks to that Italian styling on the outside. It builds on the stylish Giulia as a base, adding lots of sporty trim pieces to give it a more aggressive look – and the most recent update to the model added new paint colours and LED lights at the back, too.
Other road users will be seeing a lot of those rear lights because the car’s performance is astonishing. A turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 provides 503hp, so it’s one of the quickest cars on the road. The automatic gearbox is superb, but there’s no manual option. A new optional exhaust is a nice option on the latest model but the engine sounds great even without it.
The Alfa is bang up-to-date in terms of chassis tech, with torque vectoring and stability control systems that can brake individual wheels to improve cornering. The Alfa’s ultra-quick steering rack means it turns in sharply and is nicely balanced once you’re powering through the bend, too. Selectable driving modes include Natural, Dynamic, All-weather, and Race.
Alfa has a fantastic heritage, but given its cars of late, you wouldn’t think this Giulia Quadrifoglio would be up to much. Wrong: it’s an absolute riot to drive.
Stick it into Race mode and the Giulia Quadrifoglio goes from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, up to a top speed of 191mph. It’s a bit much on the public road, but the Giulia shines on a race track.
Yet this isn’t some track-focused, stripped-out sports car. The Giulia retains the attributes of the standard version, with good rear legroom and a decent boot. Okay, it’s not as comfortable as the normal version, but it rides well considering how tightly controlled it is through corners.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s interior isn’t quite up to the same standards as BMW and Audi in terms of quality, though. Some recent updates to the model have improved things – the infotainment in particular. It now has an 8.8-inch screen with an updated user interface, and it even includes a new section covering performance data – great for track day fans. Other new tech includes traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise and lane-keep assist.
It’s all about the way the car drives, though – and the Alfa Romeo will keep you entertained for every mile you spend behind the wheel. It fulfils the aim of a super-saloon: it mixes the performance of a supercar with the practicality of a saloon.
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