Gone are the days when wanting a fast family car meant you had to buy a posh saloon with a big engine – now there are all sorts of alternatives, including ridiculously fast hot hatches. But which is a better option? Well, Mat’s assembled an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and a Mercedes-AMG A45 S to find out.
Tap the video to watch the race.
Despite a few subtle tweaks for 2021, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is very much an old-school sports saloon at heart. Its twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine produces an impressive (but in no way earth-shattering) 510hp and 600Nm of torque, and its eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the rear wheels only. It doesn’t even have launch control.
In stark contrast to the Alfa Romeo, the AMG A45 S gets a grippy four-wheel-drive system that’s so clever it can divert enough power rearwards to allow this dinky hot hatch to perform proper drifts.
The A45 S’s engine is also top-of-the-class – its 421hp and 500Nm of torque make it the most powerful mass-produced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit on sale. Like the Alfa, it comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox but the AMG’s unit has a shockingly effective launch control system.
Despite its small size, the A45 S weighs 111kg more than the 1,524kg Alfa. Check out the prices and it’s the Mercedes that has the advantage – you’ll need ‘just’ £51,000 to get hold of an AMG A45 S, while a Giulia Quadrifoglio will set you back in the region of £67,000.
So which of these super-capable family four-doors is fastest in a straight line? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video to find out…
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