The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolglio isn’t just Alfa’s new halo car, but the culmination of a multi-billion dollar investment to relaunch the storied Italian carmaker.
Key attributes of the Alfa brand have always been style, handling and performance, and the Quadrifoglio has all three well and truly covered.
Underpinned by a new lightweight rear-wheel drive architecture packing a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine developing a big-league output of 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque – significantly up on the rival BMW M3.
Performance is scintillating. Alfa claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.9 seconds, and back to zero in 32 metres when equipped with carbon ceramic brakes. Tope speed is said to be north of 305km/h.
That investment shows, too. The high-powered Giulia Quadrifoglio boasts its fare share of exotic materials and performance-enhancing technology.
The chassis is a combination of aluminium and steel, while the standard 19-inch alloy wheels are adjoined by a double wishbone suspension up front and a multilink system at the rear – most of which is aluminium. There’s more of the lightweight metal used for the guards and doors, but the roof and bonnet are fashioned from carbon-fibre.
The Quadrifoglio tips the scales at a rival-crushing weight of just 1524 kilograms. By way of comparison, the M3 with dual-clutch transmission weighs 1560kg, while the Mercedes-AMG 63S weighs in at a hefty 1800kg.
You’re probably curious as to why Alfa opted for a torque-converter automatic gearbox over a dual-clutch unit. Apparently, there wasn’t an appropriate transmission available, which coincided with the Giulia’s development schedule. Nonetheless, the engineers at Alfa’s historic proving grounds at Balocco, where we’ve come to put this car through it’s paces, announce confidently that “you will see its very good.”
They’re not kidding. I’ve dialled up the Race setting on on the Giulia’s rotary drive mode selector, and I’m punching it through the gears down the fastest section of this facility.