For the longest time, the sport sedan segment was dominated by German brands and more recently the BMW M3, but now Alfa Romeo is here to kick it off its throne with the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Jason Cammisa, Motor Trend Senior features Editor, has been around long enough to see the last Alfa Romeo sport sedan in America and back then, he didn’t even have a driver’s license. A new sport sedan from Alfa Romeo, the brand that pretty much invented the segment, has been a long time coming and Jason’s dream of driving one is somewhat fulfilled.
We say somewhat because the Giulia Quadrifoglio he tested had an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the 6-speed manual gearbox. This may have put him through the five stages of grief, but he had to admit that the transmission is pretty good as it’s the best automatic in the business.
Everything about the Giulia EV is great; it rides well, turbo lag isn’t so bad at higheer rev ranges, ride is good, suspension tuning is brilliant, steering is fast and direct, and the car pulls. One gripe he does have with the QV is the brake by wire, taking away the tire feedback.
On track, the Giulia QV competed against a BMW M3 equipped with the competition package and both came out with a tie. But test driver Randy prefers the QV because it felt faster and it put a smile on his face. That’s partly due to the stickier tires, also the confidence the Alfa inspires when driven at the limit.
It has been 30 years overdue, but the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was worth the wait.