Back in September 2015, the Giulia Quadrifoglio captured the sedan record with a 7:39 lap in a manual version of the vehicle. This year, that mantle was ceded to Porsche when its second-generation Panamera Turbo lapped the famed track in 7:38.
Now, in the eight-speed automatic variant, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has regained the four-door crown. Expect Porsche to retaliate in the near future.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a turbocharged Ferrari-designed 2.9-litre V6 engine with 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque. That's good enough to spirit the sedan from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 307km/h.
Local sales of the new Giulia are said to begin during the first quarter of 2017. In addition to the Quadrifoglio, the Giulia will be offered with 150kW and 206kW versions of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
The local arm of Alfa Romeo has also put its hand up for the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, which is available in both 110kW and 135kW trims.