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Auto Trader managed to get their hands on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and they took it for a spin on track.

We’ve been waiting for years and the Giulia QV is finally here. Sporting sleek proportions, the QV is decked out in performance jewelry like its active carbon fiber front splitter, fixed rear spoiler, bonnet vents, quad exhausts, a set of 19 inch alloys, Ferrari-like diffuser and you can even get the optional set of carbon ceramic brakes. Matching the exterior is an interior with plenty to offer; leather Alcantara seats, contrast stitched dash, thin steering wheel with conveniently placed shifter paddles and more.

For those of you hoping to be pushed into the back of your seat, you may be let down a little. The gearbox builds speed gradually while whipping through the ratios.

Alfa Romeo borrowed engineers from Maserati and Ferrari to develop the 503hp 2.9-litre V6 engine which also produces a respectable mpg number of 34.4. This makes the Giulia QV comparable to the BMW M3 and Mercedes AMG C63.

There’s the usual drive modes like Advanced Efficiency, Natural and Dynamic. In Dynamic mode the gear changes a lot faster, engine response increases and the suspension stiffens up. You won’t be hearing the AMG C63 exhaust roar but the Giulia QV’s quad pipes certainly sounds good enough to put the M3 to shame.

If you really want to experience the Giulia Quadrifoglio in all its track performance glory, there’s a final driving mode called Race where all the systems are turned off and you get a throatier exhaust note. Full concentration is needed when Race mode is engaged, especially on a wet race track.

Is this the Italian M3 you’ve all been waiting for?

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