Sizzling per­for­mance from Alfa Romeo

South Western Times - - Wheels - EWAN KENNEDY

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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.

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