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Not yet for mine (although a few flakes flew here today). I'll post when the time comes. Will be interesting to see whether Alfa White is whiter than snow.
 
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Going to order my snows in a few weeks. This should be interesting indeed! :D
 

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I've posted it before, but there is something very amusing about a quadrifoglio on a frozen lake - You guys who lock up your car for winter miss out on more than salt

 

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Going to order my snows in a few weeks. This should be interesting indeed! :D
What do you expect to be interesting, the ordering process or the driving experience?
 

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I am excited to experience the snow with the Q4 w/snow tires
Where in NH, may I ask? I spent the winter of 1984-5 in Hanover driving a Gislaved-shod SAAB 900. Beautiful area and fun roads. Every day should be Winter Carnival in a Giulia.
 

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What do you expect to be interesting, the ordering process or the driving experience?
Definitely the driving experience. I've driven my fair share of all wheel drive cars w/ winters or all-seasons in the snow, but not a rear wheel drive like a QV.
 

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Snow ..... Giulia ..... are you kidding? :confused:

i have been driving in snow for many years on business and for skiing.
That's what my second car Honda Accord is for with her front wheel drive and special hybrid chains (part cable/part link) when needed.

Giulia will rest comfortably in my warm garage during snow and any heavy rain. Of course it hardly ever rains in Seattle. She has three coats of Meguier's synthetic sealant of her and the paint looks 100% brand new.

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Not at all. My Giulia will continue to be my daily driver throughout Detroit's winter.
Yep, mine as well - she's definitely going to get dirty >:) in the burbs of Chicago! Hoping the all seasons will be okay w/AWD until Tirerack can get their act together with some wheel/tire packages!
 

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I've posted it before, but there is something very amusing about a quadrifoglio on a frozen lake - You guys who lock up your car for winter miss out on more than salt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Y1josLoJU
Hey I'm all for THAT kind of driving...just NOT where I live...LMAO.....no desolate frozen lakes or anything around here...and my concern is really more with people's already questionable driving ability in dry clear weather:grin2: will not tempt fate especially when I am fortunate enough to have a winter ride....

and if you wanna see an Italian playing in the snow:grin2:
 

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Ice racing in New Hampshire, and I guess some in MA in a good (bad) year.

If we are just talking about any old Italian, there's a Muira snow thing, and this, not a lake though
 

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Ice racing in New Hampshire, and I guess some in MA in a good (bad) year.

If we are just talking about any old Italian, there's a Muira snow thing, and this, not a lake though
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he0WvPDxjZc
Now THAT is painful to look at :crying: an F40 decked out for the arctic.....but hey its your millions $$$ whatever floats your boat
and if someone does this to a Muira they should have the keys taken away!!! LOL
 

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Today was the first proper winter day in Calgary, Alberta and I had a chance to take the Giulia in mixed conditions. Did some deliberate testing to see how the car behaves in various conditions including; 6 inches of fresh untracked snow in the alley behind my house, compacted snow with a thin layer of newly falling snow of side streets and icy grooves on main roads.

Driving a stock Ti Q4 with the 19" performance package and every available option. Despite being a devout believer in top-end snow tires, I still have the stock Pirelli all-seasons on as a result of a lack of reasonable wheel options (dealership quoted CAD $5,000 for a new set of s19" 5 holes with good winters!). I have also still have the stock Hancook all-seasons on my short-box, supercrew 2016 AWD F150 and was out driving that today. The F150 will also get the winters on this weekend and I will do a comparison between the two at that time. I do 6+ multi-day back country ski trips a season and will have no problem driving the Giulia to the trail head in any weather for those trips).

As they both are, the Giulia outperformed the F150 in all aspects, which should be surprising given the relative weights. My observations for the Giulia on the side streets:

Threshold Braking: Decent (expect to be good with winters)
Full ABS Braking: car tracks straight but you really aren't slowing down any quicker than Modest Braking
Turning: Good (expect to be VERY good with winters)
Acceleration: Good (Expect to be VERY good with winters)

For turning, I did rapid changes of direction at around 18 mph and 30 mph (think F1 driver warming up tires, but not as dramatic). I was really happy with how well the Pirelli's would bite and the car communicated how much slip was happening. Really easy to control.

ABS braking was easy to keep the car in a straight line. Nothing drives me crazy like a full lock up that results in the car sliding towards the curb/ditch with the camber of the road.

Acceleration was interesting, from 18 mph in N mode I could peg the throtle which resulted in the car dropping to 1st and spinning all four tires up to redline before shifting gears. I really wasn't gaining any speed and didn't have any power cut from traction control. In fact, the whole time I was out I didn't see or feel the traction control once.

Other/previous cars owned to compare to are G37s (rear-wheel drive) and X5 4.8is. Giulia compares very favourably.
 

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Winter driving toys is a hard choice for sure.. Especially when winters are brutal here in Detroit..
Brutal? Where else have you lived? I'd say there are about twenty to thirty challenging days per winter here. Snow totals average four or five feet. Dumps of over two feet are rare. And snow removal, depending on where you are, ranges from decent to very good. I could probably get by without snows, but with the prospect of needing to replace the OEM "all seasons" at the end of the lease, why not get them?
 
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