Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Man, where did you start with Alfa Romeo? How do you overcome the three decades of promise, glimpse of brilliance and, ultimately, frustration? All the wrong information, all the notices, scraps, announcements. It’s a car brand with passionate fans who are accustomed to frustration, like the followers of St Kilda.
The last few years have been particularly difficult. Only Giulietta (something pretty good but superior and expensive), and MiTo (yes, I know), the crazy 4C pops up to remind us that sometimes Torino can chase a sports car , even if it’s a bit lively for some.
In addition, Giulia. This car was able to have the longest and most exotic journey to produce. It is supposed to replace the beautiful but extremely impressive 159, it started as a front wheel, survived two (or three?) Changes in strategy, and finally, everything was to handle.
Alfa stole Ferrari engineers, wrote a check worth five billion dollars and – finally – continued with it. The fruits of all that are Giulia. The sweetest fruit is Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 8
Giulia herself is not as beautiful as the car it replaced, but has enough Alfa emotions to please the fans. However, when Quadrifoglio treatment has been added, it will harden, fall to weed and look like it is intended.
19-inch wheels look like 20s in the arch and the whole car is pulled down with rubber. Even in white, it looks dramatic and ready to fight.
Inside is … good, for an Alfa, it’s a revelation. Although not at the Audi level, the cabin is still superior to what we used to, with a solid, reasonable design (while not forgetting the hoods). It seems all designed together and without smooth and meaningless decoration.
Carbon coatings have caused some debate about their carbon fiber properties, but in general it is well done, looks great and feels good. The space is suitable for all four residents (we will understand that), nothing feels difficult or fragile – think somewhere between the beautiful Mazda CX-9 interior and an Audi A4. Somewhere in there. The only drop is the shifter, which feels a bit cheap.
How realistic is the space inside? October 7
The Giulia is usually a five-seater car with rear seats that fold down, but there’s nothing nonsense here. Quadrifoglio has only four seats, two front cups, a small bottle holder (small) at the entrance and a decent sized control box.
You sit low in the front seat, there are loads of adjustments, three-position memory and they are very comfortable – sure, supportive, obtainable when you need it.
The passenger in the back also has plenty of room, with enough space for my six-legged teenager in the back, there’s room behind the driving position in my shorter frame.
Boot space fits all three German liter-liter-liter opponents at 480.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
Giulia Quadrifoglio starts at a slightly silly price of $ 143,900, just a few hundred dollars in BMW’s M3 competition.
You start with 14-speaker stereo, 19-inch alloy, dual-zone climate control, keyless start and start, front and rear parking sensors, active cruise control, headlights active bi-xenon, front seats with electric heating, sat, leather and Alcantara trimmings, automatic wipers and headlights and a pretty good safety package.
You can be red or pay anywhere from $ 1690 to $ 4550 for paint. The ‘Trofeo White’ painting work on the test car was spectacular – three jackets costing $ 4550.
Above all, you can choose different wheel designs ($ 650), different color calipers ($ 910), carbon and Alcantara steering wheel ($ 650), carbon fiber front seats from Sparco ( $ 7150) and carbon ceramic brakes ($ 13,000), which is really not bad)
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? 9/10
Giulia’s heart and soul is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine, producing an incredible capacity of 379kW and 600Nm. Power transmitted to the rear wheels via the ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission (I wonder how many ‘TCT’ gearboxes have exploded during development? Or if they even tried?) And Pull Giulia from 0-100km / h in 3.9 seconds. It’s faster than an M3 and needs more power and more gear.
How much fuel does it consume? October 7
The government’s test regime brought the official figure of 8.2L / 100km. When controlled as intended, it is very unlikely that you will go anywhere near that number. However, if you are careful, there is no reason you can keep it under 10.0L / 100km. But you will not, right?
What does it like to drive? 9/10
There are so many Ferrari in this car, this is no surprise who put it together. Roberto Fedeli led the team and he was one of Ferrari’s senior engineers passing by. He may have something to do with 458 and California …
Start the car with the big red button in the steering wheel and the combustion engine without fanfare (unless you leave it in Dynamic mode). DNA drive mode dialing allows you to select a suspension and throttle adjustment between hard and harder, while in A (Advanced Performance), you can walk in traffic and enjoy the throttle. Savings are provided by the very soft activation of the cylinder and the accelerator pedal.
Yes it is.