Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is the weapon Alfa Romeo has been looking for to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and the Audi RS3. To do that it needs to be good, very good. It needs outstanding performance yet be sedate enough for everyday use when not vexed. The QF ticks both boxes and adds one of its own. Looks. Has any designer crafted a better looking saloon and then accessorise it off with trademark Cloverleaf motif and glorious QF Veloce shoes?
The QF takes performance to a whole new level holding the record as the fastest sedan to lap the Nürburgring in the Germans back yard. To do that it needed a 2.9l V6 bi-turbo engine which delivers 510hp & 600 Nm of torque – wow. It produces the most amazing sound when pushed hard emitting music from its 4 exhaust pipes. Yet if you select D and want to tootle around town it’s more than happy to do that to. The interior is finished to luxury standard and is very good but the Germans still do them best, if a little conservatively.
I got to drive this car in town, rurally and on the motorway. It’s at home on the motorway but its heart is on our R and N Roads where more bends exist that allows it to show off its incredible ability.
This sort of motoring couture isn’t cheap and you will only get €55 change from the €100,000 Alfa Romeo want for the car. A lot of money but remember a BMW M3 starts at €102,510.
The Germans have had this performance sector to themselves for far too long but no more. The QF is the new kid in town and if you want a devilishly exciting car that’s not part of the herd, you’ve just found it.
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