Ha...I have a Lexus ES. I am tired of it and want something fun. Every time I see one on the road it is an old lady driving it. I saw an ad for the Giulia during the Super Bowl and thought it looked nice. Now that I am looking and researching I absolutely love the QV. I can't pull the trigger until after the new year but I am very anxious for it.
I just had no idea that performance tires had such low life expectancy.
A Giulia 2.0T will be a lot faster than your Lexus ES while not having the compromises associated with the Quadrifoglio (a.k.a. QV):
AWD available. This helps compensate for having all season tires and makes the car drivable in snow/ice.
Highway fuel economy (reported) in the 35-37MPG range. Compare with QV at 28MPG at best.
(city fuel economy is also much better than QV, roughly 20MPG versus 13MPG)
All season tires available. Compare with QV summer tires only, that can fail when exposed to temps below 40F.
Starting price around $36k versus QV at $72k.
5-6 inches of ground clearance (similar to your Lexus?) versus 4 inches with the QV.
Available sunroof, if you like that sort of thing...
Readily available at dealerships.
Less likely to have this happen on your way home from the dealership:
Note that if you get the 2.0T with "staggered wheels" you get summer tires with the corresponding short life expectancy and restricted temperature range. Summer tires have more traction than all seasons when it is warm, but the rubber turns hard or brittle at low temps. Some summer tires are not rated to even be stored on a shelf below 40F, although I think the Pirelli P-zeros do not have this restriction; just poor traction when cold.
Oh, and I think a set of tires for QV is closer to $2000 than $1000.
On the plus side for the QV:
3.8sec 0 to 60MPH.
Push a button and it gets loud.
Carbon fiber bling and CF bragging rights.
More aggressive looks (this alone is enough to get some folks to buy a QV).
Better wheels standard (Tecnico). (for extra $$ you can downgrade the wheels??!!)
Red start button.
Lots of stuff is standard that is not included on the base 2.0T.
Ferrari derived engine.
Exclusivity, potentially a "classic" collectible in the future.
FWIW: I have a Ti Q4 with pretty much every option except the sunroof and audio upgrade on order. I will use all season tires in the summer (where I live overnight lows are often below 40F in the summer) and snow tires in the winter.