Sizzling performance from Alfa Romeo
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THIS redhot Italian machine is taking on high-performance models from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus and Mercedes at their own game.
Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) sports sedan is the real deal. Rear-wheel drive, Ferrari-inspired 500 horsepower (375kW) twin-turbocharged engine that gets it to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. It reset the Nurburgring production sedan lap record at just 7 minutes and 32 seconds. After getting to the 100km/h in the threesecond bracket, it gets to a top speed on the far side of 300km/h.
Keeping weight down is a major way to increase performance and the QV has hot-formed steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre components to keep its mass down to 1525 kg. Having reduced weight the next challenge is to spread it 50:50 front to rear, something else the designers have achieved.
Quadrifoglio is Italian for fourleaf clover and has been the symbol for Alfa racing cars for almost 100 years. More recently, the tag has been given to its high-performance road cars.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio body has serious sports items that include a large central grille and air intakes, cooling slots on the bonnet and serious side skirts. And possibly the most aggressive rear diffusers on the road today. It sits on19-inch forged alloy wheels
Thankfully our test QV was painted in a brilliant shade of red.
Inside, black leather-wrapped surfaces with red stitching are used in the upper area with a deep red shade in the lower section. Aluminium and carbon-fibre highlights add to the appeal.
Naturally there are traditional twin circular dials on the instrument panel, however they are too small for our liking. Easy enough to read, but not theatrical enough, we reckon.
The bright red starter button on the steering wheel is a great touch.
We just love the green four-leaf clover badge sitting between the V of the engine.
The 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 sits well back under the carbon-fibre bonnet, the peak 375kW is reached at relatively low revs (low for an Italian machine) 6500rpm. Redline does not kick in till 7000rpm.
Torque is what really matters and the engine has an impressive 600Nm all the way from 2500 to 5500 revs.
Transmission is by a sports eight-speed torque convertor automatic to the rear wheels. Alfa’s DNA (Dynamic, Normal, Auto) driving modes are crowned by a Race Mode – sold only in the QV.
Acceleration is brilliant. Dial up Dynamic mode and our red Alfa screaming off the line after only a few moments of turbo lag. Overtaking is ridiculously easy.
Handling is almost too good to explore on public roads. The hot Alfa simply holds on to levels that provide a huge amount of safety. Track days? Yep, that’s the way to go. Despite the excellent handling the QV’s suspension provides a surprisingly comfortable ride.
The front seats are genuine sports units with high bolsters to secure you when the seriously high cornering forces are called up.
A stunning Italian sporting machine has joined the ranks of hot European cars. “Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde” – very poetic, isn’t it? It certainly demands a spot on your short list.
Redhot and ready for action, the brilliant Alfa Romeo Giulia QV has the power to mix it with the best performers on the earth.