Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review: price, specifications
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The Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of the best-kept secrets in the automotive market.
Although it does not have the reputation of a BMW M3 or a Mercedes-Benz C63, it has many other advantages.
It has all the makings of a collector’s item
Twenty years from now – when cars have become silent and sterile commodities – foggy-eyed enthusiasts will aspire to cars like the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio. From the moment you step into this Italian masterpiece, four of your five senses are working overtime, absorbing the rich scent of the leather-lined cabin, the delicate feel of the alcantara-lined steering wheel, the intoxicating howl. of its high revs V6 biturbo and the magnificent curves written by Marco Tencone. Adding to its appeal as a collector’s item, the Quadrifoglio is already a rare sight on local roads.
He can mix it up with the big boys
La Giulia is not just a pretty face. Its Ferrari-inspired 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 produces an impressive 375 kW and 600 Nm of torque, almost matching the powers of the BMW M3 (375 kW / 650 Nm) and the Mercedes-Benz C 63 (375 kW and 700 Nm). Alfa claims it also matches the 0-100 km / h time of its German rivals in 3.9 seconds. Step on the throttle and you won’t get pushed back into the seat the same way the V8 C 63 does, but it will spin enthusiastically all the way to the red line. The conventional eight-speed automatic makes the most of the engine, shifting quickly and intuitively when you’re in a rush and smoothly when you’re not.
What is Italian for the eyes?
The Giulia is one of the most attractive sedans on the planet, especially in the deep Alfa Red of our test car. The sporty, low-profile look is complemented by 19-inch forged alloy rims, big red brake calipers and quadruple exhaust pipes. The vents on the hood hint at the power that lies beneath, while the tasteful quadrifoglio (four leaf clover) badge lets everyone know this is the pinnacle of the Giulia range. If you think red is too clichÃ© for an Alfa, you can pay $ 1,259 more for a brilliant blue or understated gray, or stretch your finances $ 2,552 more for a rich three-layer green or pearl white. If you can afford the starting price of $ 139,950, what’s another couple of thousand dollars to make you stand out from the crowd?
The cabin does not disappoint
The interior of the Giulia is a clever blend of sportiness, old world charm and technology. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a Ferrari-style work of art. In the center is the famous Alfa crest, but your attention is immediately drawn to the red start button on the left. The lower spoke of the wheel is finished in brushed aluminum and carbon fiber, with a red, green and white stripe at the bottom – a nod to its Italian heritage. There are further carbon fiber splashes on the center console and doors, while the dash has traditional analog dials with a small digital readout between the speedometer and tachometer. The center display is a bit small, but the controls are easy to navigate.
The proof is in the driving
The Alfa tips the scales at an agile 1,585 kilograms, thanks to the intensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber, including on the hood and roof. Light weight and the ideal 50-50 weight balance contribute to stunning balance and surgical precision in turns. If you’d rather shift gears yourself, there are alloy paddles on the steering wheel, and you can fine-tune the car’s responses by selecting sport mode on the center console dial. Note, however, that race mode disables all stability control safety nets. The steering is very direct and takes some getting used to, but once you’ve adjusted it it’s impressively precise, with great feedback.