Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – competition for Mercedes AMG C63S, BMW M4 and Audi RS5?
When you think about Alfa Romeo many people immediately think about Italian passion and emotional, exciting cars. However this wasn’t Alfa for many years! But with the Giulia Quadrifoglio the Italians dare to reboot and start with the highest version a direct attack on the most competitive segment of the automotive industry. If the Giulia can compete with the German threesome you will read in this article.
A car that carries the history of Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo makes a serious announcement to the German industry leaders with the Giulia. No matter if Mercedes AMG, BMW M or Audi RS have to wrap themselves up warmly! The Giulia is the first rear-wheel drive car from Alfa Romeo for 30 years. In addition, an attractive Design and a high finish. Immediately getting in the car You will recognize no matter where you look that there is carbon fiber everywhere. Both on the steering wheel and in the dashboards as well as in the center console, everywhere is carbon fiber. The optional sports bucket seats for example are completely made of carbon. The Quadrifoglio Verde version is characterized by the four-leaf shamrock on a white background. The sign originated in racing in the 1920s, where one driver of Alfas Racing Team glued a four-leaf clover on a white rhombus on the car. The four corners of the rhomb should stand for the four drivers of Alfa Romeo. In the next season one of the drivers tested the new racing car whereupon the shamrock was missing. Within this training session Ugo Sivocci the driver crashed deadly. Out of respect and to set a sign that Sivocci is irreplaceable his three teammates changed the rhomb to a triangle. Until today the sign adorns every sports-car of Alfa Romeo and the Quadrifoglio Versions of the cars.
Passion in every fiber of the bodywork
Let’s go over to the facts. There Alfa Romeo doesn’t take half-measures. The Giulia has a 2.9 liter V6 bi-turbo engine with 510 bhp. With that the Giulia has as well as the Audi and the BMW a six cylinder engine. However the BMW M4 has a straight six engine. But with 510 bhp the Giulia has as much power as the Mercedes AMG, who gains his power from a 4.0 liter bi-turbo V8. With that the Giulia and the C63S play in a different league of power. The Giulia has a big advantage over the AMG, the weight. The Giulia is with 1686 kg the second lightest car in this comparison, behind the BMW M4. Furthermore the Giulia has the highest top-speed of all the cars, with 307 kmh (191 mph) the Giulia has 17 kmh (11 mph) more than the Mercedes which has a top-speed of 290 kmh (180 mph).
Especially the little weight you notice very much when driving. The Giulia is way more fleet-footed than the Mercedes and drives more nippy. The rear-wheel drive makes so much fun and the rear breaks sometimes by appropriate driving. But the Giulia Quadrifoglio delivers anyway. Some people certainly do not like the fact that the assistance systems can’t be turned off completely even if You put the car in race. However our team wasn’t disappointed by that because we felt more safely while driving and the car was very easy to handle, you could drift any moment you like and doesn’t have to fear loosing the car. An advantage with that is that the light-headedness of young drivers are kept in check. In any road situation, you realize that Alfa has developed the car with Ferrari, the Giulia is definitely a real sports car. Some even rumor that the V6 is just a short V8 of the Ferrari California. But where we are only full of praise, we must also address a negative point. The infotainment system is not on the same level as the systems of the competitors from Germany, this requires urgent improvement.
The Giulia combines the passion of the Italian manufacturer with power in every situation and a high finsih. One can confidently call the Giulia an absolute driving machine that would be fun for everyone. Thus, she is definitely a serious competitor for the Germans from Affalterbach, Ingolstadt and Munich. If you want a car that stands out and which one does not see so often on German roads is served well with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, who is in no way inferior to its competitors from Germany!
The author behind the articles on DRIVAR® is founder and managing director, Phillipp. He possesses years of industry experience, has founded the Germany-wide sports car rental company Motion Drive® in 2009, and is the creative mind behind the car-sharing marketplace DRIVAR® from 2017. Phillipp has been actively involved in motorsport since he was a child and is also a sports car enthusiast in his private life.