There is an unquenchable attraction between Alfa Romeo and most enthusiasts. Some untenable thing that seemingly draws one to the other, like a moth to a flame. An Alfa is unique as it possesses this highly emotive quality that is seldom seen elsewhere in the industry. However, the love potion has been wearing off over the past decade with many of these Italian beauties not living up to their badge. Remove the rose tinted glasses and you know this to be true. However, today your faith is to be rewarded. Meet the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. The car you have been waiting for!
Looking like a true vision in red, our test car distorted the sunlight around every crease and curve of its being. A band of horizontal lights surrounds that famed triangular grill. An active aerodynamic front splitter forged from carbon sits like a work of art below. Taught muscular design flows from nose to tail with a long bonnet and short rear overhang contributing to this silhouette. A strong shoulder line gives the rear a broad proportion and nicely sets the stage for the rear end. A polite carbon fibre boot spoiler makes its home on the deckled whilst a quartet of artillery inspired exhaust pipes shroud the diffuser. Sitting above a prominent grill is an important symbol. The mark of the Quadrifoglio.
The cabin is just as much of a celebration in terms of design. Sweeping surfaces create a dynamic visual to the interior of this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. A true Italian flare could be found in the red and green stitching of our test cars upholstery. High quality materials line the passenger space, there is the odd scratchy bit of plastic, but generally it does feel very premium. The 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system provides all of your navigation and media needs. It might not be quite as fast or intuitive as BMW’s iDrive, but it is good enough. From passengers receive these highly bolstered carbon fibre front seats, an option box worth ticking! The raked rear bench seats a further two. Boot space comes to a competitive 480 litres.
Underneath that carbon fibre bonnet is the cars twin-turbocharged 2.9 litre V6 heart. Push the wheel-mounted starter button and the cars pulse surges to life in an eruption of revs. Key to this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifogli is its DNA system of which controls its temper. Set off in “A” and the car is set-up for peak efficiency. In this mode the Giulia can actually shutdown 3 of its 6 cylinders and in this configuration Alfa claim 33 MPG combined. Twist the dial into “N” for normal and the car reignites those cylinders. Around town this luxury saloon is actually rather amicable considering its performance credentials. Whilst high street dwellers gawp, the 8 speed automatic transmission effortlessly selects appropriate ratios. The car does have a firm ride, but it is far from back breaking and probably something you should expect in this caliber of car. Cruising at higher speeds, again, proves to be pleasant with well weighted controls enabling precise inputs. Tick over into “D” for dynamic and that is where things get spicy. Sharpened throttle response, faster steering, stiffer suspension, and a set of valves open up in the exhaust. Here Alfa Romeo’s key rivals go from being predators to prey. It savagely accelerates with a roar, followed by a loud cracks and bangs with every upshift. It is a beautifully dirty symphony of combustion that narrates a seriously quick turn of pace. 0-62 MPH is completed in just 3.9 seconds and its top speed is said to be 190 MPH. Thanks to a stretch of runway, I can tell you that it will easily achieve 160 MPH without breaking a sweat. Tackle a series of bends and the nose homes in on an apex with the aid of torque vectoring. Fast steering results in real agility teamed with strong body control. Snatch at one of the aluminium wheel mounted paddles and an immediate gear change is presented to you followed by more explosive sounds from the resulting change in revs. This 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio had the optional carbon brakes of which can stop the car in a real hurry. Nice pedal feel allows for good modulation and, being carbon, they are resistant to fade even under extreme conditions. The final drive more is ‘Race” and here the car leaves you to your own devices. Twitch your right foot at the penultimate moment and the car gracefully side-steps into a drift. The transition is angelic with the whole event being very manageable thanks to quick steering and a compliant throttle.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is proof that the Alfisti were right to keep the fire burning as this car sets the soul alight just like its forefathers. This is what we have been waiting for, this is the car to put the Italian brand back on the map. Costing from £59,000 the Quadrifoglio takes the fight to the Germans.