That definitely does suck and is slightly embarrassing but hey... vehicles fail from time to time, it happens to the best of em'. Funny enough, although he was stuck in normal mode, it still stuck with the C63 S pretty well.
It’s perhaps the first video of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio not gaining universal praise, and that’s for good reason: it broke down while the cameras were still shooting.
We all know that in order for Alfa Romeo to beat the Germans in their own game, first they have to get rid of the poor reliability image and then give us a proper four-door sports car.
Pistonheads brought a BMW M3 Competition and a Mercedes-AMG C63 S for a comparison test against the mighty Giulia Quadrifoglio but Alfa’s twin-turbo V6 had other plans apparently.
Short after a check engine light came on, which had the Giulia locked on its Normal mode, the car went on limp mode and therefore put an early end to this group test.
The win went eventually to the BMW M3, which thanks to the revisions of the Competition package, was the day’s most enjoyable of the three at the track. The on-paper power deficit never really kept the M3 from leading the way to the also on-paper more powerful Mercedes, which backs the theory of BMW underrating its M engines.
On track, it did go into limp mode when left-foot braking. Then, the engineer was in the car with his laptop for some time before going out for a few laps and left foot braking - all was fine. So back out we went in Race mode, then within half a lap went back into limp mode. Alfa provided tyre support which we were happy about as we had very high hopes and were looking forward to driving it.
thank you for responding and for that clarification Nik so left foot braking caused the issue, ? the engineer applied a patch with his laptop when in fact its a known problem that can only be addressed with a 6117 software update that can only be performed in the workshop as it takes hours and addresses braking and many engine and throttle control modules tyre support will not fix this, cheers
Good things come to those who wait. We know about this. I don't think there is any way, after 2 years, that Alfa would let a car go to market without being reliable "in their manner of thought and operation." By this I mean, they developed and drive it in the way they intended. I think, no left foot braking, and other habitual processes are part of the culture of Alfa Romeo and what is really needed is an understanding of this, like a briefing of sorts or check out ride to get reliable service out of these cars. This is not ideal, but practical. Other bugs and quirks may be discovered from extremely obscure situations but for the most part, the updates will handle the real issues. For example, the headlight control is Chrysler/US - dash board (not Japanese like the 348/360 - control stalk) but the throttle control is very Italian by wire Magnetti Mareli.