By: Jeff Domingues
For years I’ve been seeing European car reviews talk about the beautiful cars offered by Alfa Romeo. I never thought much of them but they are a beloved brand across the pond and we will finally get a chance to see what the fuss is all about in 2017 with the arrival of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Europeans have had the luxury of being able to enjoy the Italian style and Italian performance while we sit back and just read about it and see it in videos. 1st impressions, yea it looks good, actually it looks really good. It has the sharp muscular lines you want to see in a performance car and to make it better it actually looks usable as a daily driver. Alfa obviously wants to take on the M3 into the ring.
Alfa set out to make a direct competitor to the BMW M3 and with the Giulia Quadrifoglio they have the right idea by making this the most powerful Alfa ever. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is rear wheel drive, with almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution, twin turbo aluminum 2.9 liter v6 boasting 505hp and 443lb-ft of torque, with 0-60 time in a class leading 3.8 seconds and reaching top speeds, Alfa claims, of 191 mph! All that power is paired with a six speed manual or a 8 speed automatic transmission. Stopping this monster are huge optional carbon ceramic brakes.
With gas milage always a concern, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has cylinder deactivation and start/stop system to conserve fuel to a modest 17 city and 24 highway, not bad considering all the power this v6 produces.
The v6 is a Ferrari technology based engine, sharing the same technology and design as the Ferrari F154 twin turbo V8 found in the Scuderia 488GTB and the California T. I would say that is a great platform to emulate when designing a 4 door saloon.
Alfa incorporated aluminum doors and fenders, carbon fiber hood, roof, and driveshaft to keep weight down. At a only 3359lbs this pissed off looking car should be able to move itself around a track with ease. Aiding grip is a rear carbon fiber spoiler and a front carbon fiber splitter that lowers under hard braking and cornering to increase aerodynamic down force. During high speeds the splitter is raised and closed to decrease drag and down force.
Alfa successfully executed an aggressive body styling that has the #1 attribute I love in performance cars, it looks like it’s mad at you. Bulging wheel wheels hugging stylish 19″ wheels, low sloping hood lines, angry eye brow head lights, a rear diffuser that screams aerodynamic performance, and it just looks so good in what, Alfa calls, Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat (red).
The cabin is filled with all modern comforts and technology you would expect from a car of this caliber and price range, starting at $37,000 for an entry Guilia model fixed with a turbo charged 4 cylinder producing 280hp, to a fully loaded Guilia Quadrifoglio twin turbo v6 starting at $70,000.
Italian craftsmanship is visible in the stylish interior, with hand stitched full grain Italian leather seats, steering wheel and dash all tied together with available trims of natural wood (natural walnut or dark gray oak), brushed aluminum, and carbon fiber. The leather wrapped seats are supported by really sharp looking carbon fiber that ups the interior even more. The touch screen, with most of the cars functions and navigation, is very nicely integrated into the dash.
Stability control, four driving modes (dynamic, natural, advanced efficiency, and of course the only mode that matters, RACE) are all standard in the fully loaded Quadrifoglio, that insures you find the right feel and stability to help you get all 505hp to the road.
This car screams sexy and only time will tell if this car/ manufacturer is ready for the American market. I believe it will do very well as it’s performance and styling will attract many consumers. Also the fact it’s a new car and buyers are always attracted to the new and shiny of whatever, cars especially, sales should do well. Look at the popularity of Maserati in the US, as soon as that manufacturer hit our streets you started to see Maserati’s on the streets, TV shows and popular culture. I personally can’t wait to see one in person.
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Sources: www.alfaromeousa.com , www.caranddriver.com , www.roadandtrack.com