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Cutting right to the chase, the Quadrifoglio live up to the hype, but of course you came here for more than that and here we'll be getting right down to the major points shared by a number of journalists, after spending time with it at the official launch at Balloco, Alfa Romeo's test track.

Impressive Interior

If there's one thing most can agree on is how impressive the interior layout and design is, and judging from the in-person experiences here, its an interior you must experience for yourself.

As soon as you get into the car you are met with pleasing contact points like the steering wheel, which is a good size and sits well in your hands. There are a couple of details that are very Ferrari, with the starter button positioned within the aforementioned wheel and the long, elegant aluminium paddles fixed to the steering column. An experimental pull on one of the paddles reveals a pleasing, tactile action very like the one you would find in a 488 GTB.

“There’s a lot of things [to consider]. We define the exact way you should be seated in the car; the lower the better. Then we harmonise everything. The quick steering, the 50/50 weight distribution, the brakes, the engine.”


Italian Design at Its Best

Anyone looking for an Italian sedan designed about the best it could be, the Giulia (not just the QV trim) is it. But even as a QV trim it does enough to stand out from the competition and includes all someone should expect from Alfa Romeo.

If curves could kill then consider the Giulia Quadrifoglio (QV) one deadly Italian. It’s beautiful, it’s angular, it’s aggressive, but most importantly it doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of the other mid-sized sedans in its class. It’s unique in all the right places with little touches which give it the ‘don’t mess with me, I’ll blow your doors off’ vibe. The very vibe you want to give off when dropping the kids off at school.

The QV features a front grill which wears the iconic Alfa Romeo ‘Tri-bolo’’ shield alongside a twin intake design which sucks in as much air as possible for the turbos. As mentioned, carbon fibre adorns the car with a boot lid spoiler and active front splitter working in tandem with a rear diffuser to keep the car planted at speed.


It also comes with side skirts and vented wheel arches to accommodate the wider wheel and optional carbon-ceramic brake package for the track fiends.

For real world driving necessities, there are fancy Xenon headlamps which comes standard and were developed by the technology boffins at Magneti Marelli. LED globes are also available as an optional extra.

Speaking to the Giulia designers at the Bolocco Proving Ground, it was revealed that the car wasn’t made to specifically spearhead Alfa Romeo’s future designs.

“Our heritage is important. For the future we always balance what we need. It’s not a copy of the past or a remake of a car. The real challenge is the DNA. It’s important to give the feeling of Alfa Romeo and not just the picture of Alfa Romeo from the past for today.”

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia quite simply feels fresh in the skin, but hides away small cues that still make it recognisable as an Alfa Romeo. The sculpted sides, the front fascia and a powerful stance all attribute to what designers say, “draws from history to capture the Italian emotion”. We’d just call it a fine balance of finesse and ferocity.

This will no doubt give local punters a greater idea of how much work went into this car as well as Alfa Romeo’s capabilities for delivering future special models.


Unbelievable Performance

Inside and out it looks like what a Ferrari inspired super sedan should look like and also performs the part thanks to a potent 2.9-liter 6 Cylinder powerplant laying down 503bhp and 443lb-ft of torque. 0-60 is possible in just under 3.9 seconds.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (cloverleaf, and no Verde any more), is the fastest Alfa Romeo ever. Thanks to a Ferrari-inspired, 375kW 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, this relatively lithe rear-drive sports sedan scorches to 100km/h in a claimed 3.9 seconds. That’s three-tenths faster than the previous record holder, the V8-powered 8C Competizione coupe. The Giulia’s claimed 307km/h top speed also shades that limited-run coupe, too.
What’s even better than all that is the fact the Giulia Quadrifoglio is an absolute hoot to drive. It’s an exciting, engaging and invigorating performance sedan that’ll give the 317kW BMW M3 and 375kW Mercedes-AMG C63 S a real challenge when we chuck them in the ring together, when the Giulia launches locally in February 2017



Controlling all that power coming from a Ferrari-inspried 500+ bhp powerplant is possible with a wealth of active and static aerodynamics, longer wheelbase, sticky Pirelli P-Zero Corsas, a quick steering rack and 3359LBS to haul around, just to name a few.

The Quadrifoglio model steps the visual aggression up over lesser Giulias with a deep chin spoiler – complete with active aero lip that lowers for extra front-end downforce at higher speeds – ground-hugging side skirts, and a visually aggressive and very functional rear diffuser.

All of that, plus the Giulia’s long 2820mm wheelbase and the compact aluminium engine’s position low in the engine bay and almost behind the front axle line, combine to give this well-balanced car prodigious grip both front and rear. Seriously, the amount of traction the 1524kg Giulia’s aerodynamics and sticky 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero Corsas generate borders on astonishing.

The Giulia’s initial attitude on turn-in – and it’s a hungry turn-in thanks to a very quick steering rack and responsive front end – is towards understeer, though there’s plenty of feedback keeping the driver well-informed. And it’s relatively easy to use the responsive, Ferrari-inspired 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 to adjust the Giulia’s nose in corners, or overcome understeer completely with some highly entertaining and easily controllable tail-out oversteer.

Street & Track Performance

Now we get to the fun part, reviews of the Giulia QV from Shmee150, EVO Magazine, Seen Through Glass, along with some Italian publications (OmniAuto has English subtitles). In the coming days expect to see more reviews come out

Alfa Romeo are kickstarting big things for themselves with the introduction of the new Giulia Quadrifoglio, their first rear wheel drive saloon car in 30 years and one that arrives with a lot of hype around it. The big question is whether or not it can live up to those expectations?

I head to Balocco in Italy, Alfa's home proving ground to show you around the new car, experience it from the passenger seat and ultimately jump behind the wheel for some first impressions.

Thanks for watching, Tim

Seen Through Glass:

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Thanks to Alfa Romeo for making this trip and video possible.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio features a 503bhp V6 and is capable of a 7min39sec Nürburgring. On paper, it's a beast. But Alfa's recent track record isn't exactly great. So has it delivered?

Read our Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review here:


We get our hands on the hottest 503bhp version of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon on an empty Italian test track, to find out if it really can live up to the hype. Still, with a 2.9-litre Ferrari-Inspired V6, lightweight rear-drive chassis and stunning design, things are looking good.

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