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I have had my Quad for over 6 months and limited to shorttrips. So, I jumped to the opportunityto drive it near the Outer banks of NC for a wedding. My wife reluctantly went along as she is nota car nut and would have preferred to drive our SUV. We drove a total of a little over 700 milesround trip, in a mixture of interstate, divided highways and lots of local twolane roads. There is no direct route toget there and it is an excruciating long drive. The Quad performed flawlessly and Icontinue to be impressed as to how well Alfa engineered this car right out ofthe gate. I did get the infosystemupgrade and the navigation was perfect, got us there and back without anyissues. On the way there I used primarily N mode andA mode. Frankly I cant tell thedifference between N mode and A mode. Both drove about the same and returned the same gas mileage. Speaking of gas mileage on the way there Igot a little over 26 MPG. On the wayback I decided to drive in D all the time and use the manual mode becauseI wanted to have some fun. Even in Dmode running at high speed, it returned almost 25 MPG. Wife is not crazy of driving fast but becausethere was no wind noise and so smooth, she never noticed that on a few occasionsI had it up in triple digits territory. WhenI mentioned what speed we were doing, her comment was “no way”. Driving thiscar is pure joy. Even my wife commentedhow comfortable it is. I must add that she was used to my previous car a BenzC63AMG that rode very hard. Imperfections on the road were handled withcomposure, never a sound, not a rattle or a squeak. A bitof tire noise I must add, still have the original Pirelli. One interestingnote is that unbelievably when coming up behind a left lane bandit, they allmoved over quickly. Never had thathappened before. Not to mention thelooks and stares that we got as we drove past them. Cant tell you how many times we saw peopletaking pictures. It was reallycool. I do have two small gripeshowever. First, we had an escort radatdetector running in conjunction with the app Waze on my Iphone, best set up ifyou want to avoid legal entanglements. The Escort requires the cigarette lighter andsince it is located in the center console we had this long cord going from theEscort to the plug. Additionally, thephone charger is also located in the center console and therefore anothercord. I think they could do a betterjob relocating these plugs. The centerconsole is just too small to hold anything of any size. Finally, I wished I had done the wrap. One long trip and already have two nicks onthe hood. It is competition red colorand it must be really soft as I think a bug could nick it. So, my advice is get it wrapped. By theway, did not see a single Giulia the entire weekend. Sorry for the long post but wanted to sharewhat an incredible car it is.
 

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Sounds like a great trip. I haven't gone anywhere beyond around town and work commute yet, but it's amazing how it's transformed my commute into something I actually enjoy. I can't wait to be able to take it on a trip.

I got the wrap; I knew from the low front profile it would be vulnerable.

Good write-up!
 

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I enjoyed reading your trip report. Its great to get first hand (owner) thoughts and impressions.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers!
 

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Interesting observations thanks. I was on a medium drive with my wife over the weekend (about 90 minutes each way). She actually commented on the same thing as your wife regarding my RS4. She loves the smoothness of the Quad vs the jerkiness of the stick-shifted RS4 (particularly when it was in Sport mode).

You know there's another charging port behind the cup-holders, right (and one in the backseat of course)?
 

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I?m going on a road trip from Houston to San Diego next week, 1,500 miles each way in my Ti Q2 with Adaptive suspension. If the weather holds up, should be an awesome trip. I?ve done the trip before twice in an M3 and my back was not thanking me for it. Hopefully the adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise control will make the trip a little easier.
 

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I?m going on a road trip from Houston to San Diego next week, 1,500 miles each way in my Ti Q2 with Adaptive suspension. If the weather holds up, should be an awesome trip. I?ve done the trip before twice in an M3 and my back was not thanking me for it. Hopefully the adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise control will make the trip a little easier.
I use the cruise control much more frequently now that it's adaptive. I keep mine on the "single bar" setting, which is the closest setting to the car ahead. Leaves plenty of room but not so much that too many cars try to slide into the gap.
 

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It is a phenomenal car to drive. It's a pleasure to get behind the wheel.
 

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I have a new escort and am surprised it gets continual K band alerts in the QF with the direction arrow indicating a source behind the car. Most annoying.
 
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