While Alpha Romeo have been the automotive leaders since their inception in the early 1900s but in the last couple of decades they have taken the loyalty of their enthusiasts for granted and disappointed by neglecting the true sporting values of the Alfa Romeo brand. In spite of this, the older gentlemen of my acquaintance have a lifelong love affair with the Italian automotive brand. I on the other hand don’t understand the entire “Alfa Thing”.
So, when Alfa’s Giulia Quadrifoglio arrived on Dubai’s shores I wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as I would be over a sports sedan. Give me a Mercedes – AMG C63 or a BMW M3! Still, just to see what the fuss was about, I kept abreast of what the industry insiders and car enthusiasts were saying about this hot-off-the-belt-Quadrifoglio – Italian for the green, four-leaf clover which has been a totem of good luck for Alfa. The buzz is that this sedan is based on the impressive Giulia executive saloon. Thus, the name Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Consequently, when I got the opportunity to test drive this Italian beauty, I went with my eyes wide open to the fact that I would probably consider the Giulia Quadrifoglio to be a strange Italian car with weird little Italian-car peculiarities.
I couldn’t be more wrong. There she was with her seductive persona and a poignant Italianate design. The specs are all out impressive. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has a staggeringly powerful Ferrari-derived 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine which drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. That means it’s good for 0-62mph in just 3.9sec and at a top speed of 191mph which gives more power than the BMW M3 (425 hp) and Mercedes C63 AMG (469 hp). This makes it the fastest sedan with a boot -ever – around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The four selectable drive modes adjust suspension damping and throttle response; and in “Race” mode, stability control is fully disabled. Giulia also comes equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with navigation.
It’s a gorgeous ride, with just enough Italian panache to make it stand apart from the BMWs and Audis of the world. The roof is carbon fiber, too. To say that the body of this car is spectacular is an understatement. She is out and out sexy. When I finally slipped inside, the Alfa’s interior was a letdown. It didn’t pack the same punch as the exterior. Here I was expecting more of the drama and passion but sadly the materials used were not up to par with the asking price of AED: 365,000. The dash and controls have no-frills attached features which are fairly easy to use.
For me there were three stand-outs of the entire Giulia’s driving experience. Firstly, performance is impressive due to the massive acceleration and handling. This sedan has practically no body roll which makes it easy to toss around, but the best bit is the steering wheel. It is absolutely precise, and will go in whatever direction you point it towards.
Second was the sound. It sounds like an exotic sports car, purring, growling and finally roaring. But the most interesting thing was the adaptability of this car. Changing the car from “Dynamic” mode to “Advanced Efficiency” mode to “RACE” mode changed its personality more than in any other car I’ve ever driven with changeable drive modes.
By the end of the drive, I was in love with Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio — and not just because it’s stunning or because it’s “different” from the traditional cars in this category. I loved it because it’s truly an extraordinary car. And if you’re interested in buying a high-performance luxury car like the BMW M3 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, you can now add another name to your list.
Alfa Romeo’s Guilia Quadrifoglio