Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
It’s that time of year again where some of the most exciting cars of the year get announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This time it’s the turn of Alfa Romeo with their all-new hard-to-pronounced Giulia Quadrifoglio!
As well as it sounding brilliantly Italian, the Giuila Quadrifoglio is also rapid for a saloon. So much so that it set a new record for a saloon car at the Nurburgring’s fearsome Nordschleife circuit – just 7:39.0, if you need to know.
It seems as though Alfa have put a lot of their efforts into the speed of the Quadrifoglio. Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo, it performs 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. It also has a top speed of 191mph, and thanks to its carbon fibre active aero splitter, it’ll generate an impressive 100kg of downforce when maxed out. Not too shabby.
The look of the Giulia would also seem to imply Alfa are looking to distance themselves from the family saloon market and move into compact executive territory. It look far sportier than its angular predecessor, the 159, with a muscular package dominated by its long bonnet, short overhangs and the longest wheelbase in its class.
The new Giulia comes with some top-of-the-range steering ratios and brake systems which are all governed by the Chassis Domain Control, a technology which acts like the car’s brains and coordinates all the on-board electronics.
The sportiness continues inside the Giulia too with an interior that offers the best in terms of quality, safety, equipment and comfort. It comes with an 8.8-inch display that’s integrated in the dashboard and all the main controls, including the start button, are incorporated in the steering wheel – just like an F1 car. It also sounds like there’s a load of voice recognition going on too, which we can always get on board with!
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio looks set to take on the BMW 3 Series and the Jaguar XE when it arrives and will go on sale here in the UK in Autumn 2016. Pricing is expected to be a shade over the £50,000.