12 Jul 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Quadrifoglio
Can the Alfa Romeo Giulia put Alfa back to the Top?
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is out and boy does it look good. I was very excited when I heard that I am able to drive the new Giulia and Giulia Quadrifoglio around the streets of Frankfurt, Germany.
I honestly haven’t sat in an Alfa Romeo for quite a long time, because, well, it wasn’t my cup of tea. It just wasn’t the level of car that could spark my interest as cocky as that sounds, but the very first moments with the new car, completely wiped all that away.
From the very first moment I got in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, I was impressed by the interior. The cabin looks nice and clean, and more German than ever. The instruments are very clear and nice to read. The steering wheel feels rather good and the leather seats are comfortable as well. I felt at home faster than I thought I would. Of course it’s not at the level of Audi, but for an Italian car it is better than ever, and there is really not a lot to complain about. I couldn’t help but notice however, that there are a lot of design elements that look very Audi like. Especially looking at the instruments, I sometimes thought I was driving an Audi. I mean that as a compliment of course 😉
Now I did have a few problems with the infotainment system, which didn’t seem very clear to me, but I think I didn’t spend enough time to judge it from this short experience I had with it. I would first have to get to know the system a bit better before I can tell you if it’s any good.
I first drove the 6-Speed manual version of the 2.2 Liter Diesel with 180 HP and 380 NM of torque. The 8-Speed automatic version gets 450 NM, but unfortunately I was not able to test that one. I however enjoyed the manual transmission quite a lot. It’s very direct and easy to find the gears. The engine is powerful enough for the Giulia since the car is pretty light with around 1.5 tons, thanks to a lot of aluminum parts.
Driving the car is quite fun. I was impressed by how sporty the car feels.
I would really like to drive it back to back with a F30 3 Series BMW, just to see if it might even feel better than the BMW. It just feels very light and easy to turn and therefor a quite enjoyable experience. The steering is also good. I mean it’s a family car and the steering of course doesn’t have the best feedback, but who cares. The steering feels very direct and ads to the driving experience. Especially if you but the Alfa dna switch into the D (Dynamic) Mode.
Let’s talk about the Quadrifoglio though, which translated means Cloverleaf. Who would have thought that Alfa Romeo would build a 510 HP M3 competitor anytime soon. I surely didn’t, but I am glad they did. The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio (QV) is powered by a 2.9 liter V6 engine with again 510 HP and 600 NM at 6500 rpm. That means that the engine needs to be revved out for power, which means again that this must be a pretty fun driving experience, and it absolutely is.
The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3,9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 307 km/h. Now those are some serious numbers that make the BMW M3 with its 431 HP and limited 250 km/h top speed look a bit out of place. Now, the BMW is definitely more refined and the engine is much more responsive than the V6 in the Alfa, however once the QV has its boost, the acceleration is pretty brutal and doesn’t die up on top. The car also has a good sound, but being turbo-charged, it’s not very loud unfortunately.
The chassis also seemed very good and the suspension in it’s hardest mode (Race Mode) is incredibly stiff. I think this is the stiffest suspension I have ever experienced in a 4-door sedan. Another cool feature that comes with the Race Mode is the change of the digital tach. The speed indication gets very big and you get 2 step shift lights, which are very cool and help the driver to find the perfect shift point. However, beware of the instantly disabled ESP when switching the dna switch into the Race mode. There is no playing around here. This is a serious car designed for someone who knows what they are doing. I like it.
I also absolutely love the interior upgrade of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio with all the carbon fiber, red leather, and these absolutely stunning carbon fiber shell seats. In what other sedan do you get that from the manufacturer? Unfortunately they cost 3.500 Euros extra however, but I think they are a must have to make this car a real 4-door Ferrari.
In Germany the Alfa Romeo Giulia starts at 33.100 Euros, while the Quadrifoglio costs at least 71.800 Euros but almost fully equipped except for Ceramic Brakes, 78.500 Euros, which is not bad at all for what you get. Nevertheless, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is definitely not a cheap car, but it’s not supposed to be.
Article by Kai Groschupf