The All-New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio represents more than just the most powerful Alfa Romeo sports car ever created for road use. It represents a convergence of engineering and emotion that can only belong to a brand as fabled as Alfa Romeo.
The flagship in the Alfa Romeo range, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is the Italian car maker’s most powerful motor ever produced for the road. Blending the perfect mix of sporty appeal with elegant design, it is a car that charms every enthusiast.
A strong stance and dramatic look characterises the Giulia Quadrifoglio. At the front, you will notice Alfa Romeo’s archetypal inverted triangle grille framed by two piercing elongated headlights and large air intakes. Sharp contours run along the bonnet creating a ‘V’ shape, drawing the eye down to the grille. The front bumper sits low to the ground giving it an athletic look. The front profile is powerful enough to entrap any gaze, but if you manage to cast your eye across the body you will notice another deep contour along the side.
Sporting features include the spoiler on the boot lid, two twin-pipe exhausts and a formidable diffuser that keeps the car close to the ground. With the roof, hood, rear spoiler and sideskirts all made with a large amount of carbon fibre, it is incredibly lightweight for its size helping it to retain a high performance.
Crafted with carbon fibre and leather, the interior feels plush and athletic. Sparco sports seats provide the essential support your frame needs when travelling at speed and for lengthy journeys. All controls are organised on the dashboard, steering wheel and central console to be within easy reach of the driver at all times. An 8.8-inch touchscreen plays host to the infotainment system and is positioned in your line of sight. Alfa Romeo deserves a round of applause for integrating so much advanced technology, while still maintaining a minimal, elegant look.
A rear-wheel drive and a front engine mean that the Giulia Quadrifoglio has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 engine delivering 600Nm of torque, it can achieve 0-60mph in less than four seconds. Packing 510bhp, it can reach top speeds of 192mph making it intensely fast to drive.
It features an Active Aero splitter that opens at speeds over 62mph, increasing downforce for better stability. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is the only saloon in the world to feature this clever engineering. Alfa Romeo’s Active Torque Vectoring and AlfaLink™ improve steering and traction for greater control on the road.
Technology and safety
An even more advanced version of Alfa Romeo’s D.N.A. named Alfa D.N.A. Pro comes as standard and includes different driving styles. The Race setting boosts the exhaust sound while the Dynamic mode makes the brakes and steering more responsive. Both of these make your drive all the more sporting. The Natural, on the other hand, has firmer suspension for a comfortable drive, and the Advanced Efficiency lowers fuel consumption.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Braking helps you to stop quickly when it detects a hazard. It also comes with Lane Departure Warning and Blind Sport Monitoring to help prevent collisions on motorways.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Test Drive Review
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the latest sports saloon to come from the Italian manufacturer. Can it do better than its rivals? Jack Evans finds out.
What is it?
Here it is: The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. A five-door saloon with that iconic Alfa front grille.
What's under the bonnet?
It’s powered by a 503bhp twin-turbo V6 engine. In a traditional layout, it’s front-engined, rear-wheel-drive and it’s looking to take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C63 and BMW M3.
Power is sent to the wheels by the now well-known eight-speed ZF gearbox, though it’s been tinkered with by Alfa to allow it to perfectly suit the Giulia’s power delivery. That gearbox isn’t a QV-specific feature either – you’ll find it in all models of Giulia.
A main feature worth noting is the QV’s cylinder shut-off function. This allows the car to close down a bank of cylinders when under light loads – helping bring the car’s emissions down to a respectable 189g/km CO2. Economical and fast? Some things are possible.
What's it like to drive?
Here’s where things get serious, for as pretty as an Alfa is, if it doesn’t drive well then the whole package falls to pieces.
Thankfully, the Giulia QV is truly impressive to drive. Up and running, the car is noticeably firm. In truth, it’s a touch too firm for UK roads, but this can be solved by putting the adjustable dampers into their softest setting, which makes it just about spot-on. From there, you can begin to appreciate the car’s handling.
The steering is quick – though given sister company Ferrari’s involvement in the car’s set-up that’s no surprise – but you very quickly get to grips with it. Differences in steering angle are greeted by wonderfully sharp changes of direction, but this energy stops just short of frantic, thankfully.
Despite that quick steering, the QV never feels nervous. The front end generates an impressive amount of grip, while the rear is easily adjustable on the throttle. It isn’t hard to see the ‘diff working, and it’s impressively good at managing the car’s torque. Drive it sensibly, and the Giulia will corner neatly, but it can be provoked into being a hooligan should you want to. The engine is very responsive, accompanying any press of the throttle with a quality – though slightly emotionless – exhaust noise. One complaint we have is with the noise it makes when idling. It could do with being just a touch louder, but that’s something that tends to happen with V6 engines.
How does it look?
There’s no doubt that the new Giulia is striking. Even standard models, which do without the QV’s quad exhaust pipes, look very good indeed – which means that even if you’re choosing the diesel model, you’re in for a visual treat every time you see it parked outside your house.
Back to the Quadrifoglio. As mentioned, those quad exhaust pipes sit at the rear of the car, framing a large, black diffuser. Moving forward, the Giulia has far more rounded styling than we’ve seen on rival cars – and that’s no bad thing. The large black alloys fitted to our test car showcase an evolution of the classic Alfa wheel design. The front is a true extension of the brand’s core design values, with the large V-shaped grille sitting proudly. Of course, it suffers the usual Alfa affliction of having to have its number plate mounted to one side rather than directly in the middle – something that has always divided opinion.
What's it like inside?
Inside, it’s a true mix of the good and the bad. There’s no knocking the driving position, with the low-slung seat giving you the perfect place behind the wheel. That wheel too is a well-designed thing; thin and within just the right amount of difference of the large, aluminum gearshift paddles, it’s how wheels should be made in our eyes. However, other interior plastics let the side down. The material used for the gear selector is hard and sharp, which is something you wouldn’t expect on a £60,000 sports car and something, more importantly, that wouldn’t be found inside German rivals’ cars.
What's the spec like?
As a five-door compact saloon, it’ll come as a surprise that the Giulia QV is remarkably practical. The boot offers 480 litres of space accessed by a very wide opening. The boot’s lip is quite high though, which could make loading larger items into it a little tricky.
Interior space levels are good, with those in the rear treated to more headroom and legroom than you’d expect.
The base price for the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio is £61,000. Our test car, fitted with optional extras such as carbon ceramic brakes and carbon sports seats, came in at £73,000. An infotainment system controlled via an 8.8-inch screen and autonomous emergency braking are included, as are climate control and blind spot monitoring. It’s well-specced, that’s for sure, but the real value comes in the way it drives.
It certainly makes it well worth the money and, though it may not have the interior quality of rivals, it’s still a great place to be.
The Giulia QV is ideal for those people who have seen its rivals and deemed them too ‘normal’. The Alfa brings a certain amount of flair that its competitors lack, and manages to back them up with a truly involving drive. It’s a great package, so it’s easy to see why it would be popular.
Road test facts at a glance:
Model: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Engine: 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 petrol
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60mph in 3.7seconds, 191mph top speed