Fam­ily Mat­ters

Alfa Romeo’s Gi­u­lia is here to save you from bore­dom, again

Sharp - - CARS - By Matt Bub­bers

THE PROCESS of pick­ing out a new car is of­ten mud­died by prac­ti­cal con­cerns: cargo space, backup cam­eras, heated seats, and so on. It’s a slip­pery slope. Sac­ri­fice a bit of power for fuel econ­omy, then some han­dling for third-row seats, and be­fore you know it you’re driv­ing a mini­van. Thank­fully, the Ital­ians are here to save you from that fate. Alfa Romeo made its new Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio just barely prac­ti­cal enough that you can jus­tify it to your­self and your sig­nif­i­cant other. It’s got four doors, five seats, a de­cent trunk, and backup cam­eras — but you don’t have to give up all the joy to have it. The Quadri­foglio has red paint, a shiny ex­haust, big wheels, and a great big fire-breath­ing en­gine. It’s a sports car dressed up like a sen­si­ble fam­ily sedan. Think Bruce Wayne, not Bat­man.

It’s an open se­cret that the en­gine un­der the Quadri­foglio’s hood is a Fer­rari V8 with two cylin­ders chopped off. Its twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 pro­duces more power than is — strictly speak­ing — prac­ti­cal in a four-door fam­ily sedan.

Of course, this wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing act is noth­ing new for Alfa Romeo. They’ve been do­ing it for over 50 years, since the very first Gi­u­lia. Here’s how the new Quadri­foglio stacks up against its pre­de­ces­sor.

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