ALFA GI­U­LIA DRIVEN

Bet­ter than an M3?

Evo - - FRONT PAGE - Test lo­ca­tion: Balocco Prov­ing Ground, Italy GPS: 45.36038, 8.10556

Per­for­mance fig­ures to make the likes of AMG look twice, and Fer­rari in­volve­ment in the car’s de­vel­op­ment. Could this – at last – be the kind of Alfa we’ve been wait­ing for?

TTALKING TO YOUR­SELF is, ap­par­ently, some sort of in­di­ca­tion of mad­ness, but when you’re mak­ing notes into a dic­ta­phone, there isn’t much choice. What I’m say­ing does seem slightly in­sane, though. Af­ter my ini­tial laps, I’ve just said the words: ‘It feels like there is quite a lot of Fer­rari in this new Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio.’ For the avoid­ance of any doubt, that’s a good thing.

When Alfa first un­veiled the new Gi­u­lia last year, heart rates were raised and hopes lifted. It looked great and the de­tails seemed mouth-wa­ter­ing: rear-wheel drive, 503bhp, 443lb ft, a twin-turbo V6, an ac­tive front split­ter, a car­bon bon­net, a car­bon roof, a lap time around the Nür­bur­gring of 7:39.0… the list went on. In­evitably, how­ever, most peo­ple tem­pered their an­tic­i­pa­tion. So many times be­fore, good things had been promised from stun­ning looks and great me­chan­i­cal in­gre­di­ents, only for the end re­sult to be a dev­as­tat­ing dis­ap­point­ment once it was driven. For many, the 4C was the last straw. The man­u­fac­turer from Mi­lan had be­come the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of the boy who cried wolf.

Which is why I can’t quite be­lieve I’m say­ing such glow­ing things into my dic­ta­phone. Through­out my sub­se­quent hours with the Quadri­foglio, I keep ex­pect­ing to stum­ble across some great flaw that will de­rail my en­joy­ment of it, but it never hap­pens. This re­ally is a wolf. Or rather it’s a gen­uinely en­joy­able, fun, driv­ers’ Alfa.

You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing what those Fer­rari sim­i­lar­i­ties are. Well, the pad­dles are the most ob­vi­ous tac­tile link. The big pieces of cool, curved alu­minium fixed to the steer­ing col­umn grab your at­ten­tion as soon

MERCEDES-AMG S63 4MATIC CABRI­O­LET // RE­NAULTS­PORT MÉ­GANE 275 CUP-S // PRO­TEUS C-TYPE // SKODA OC­TAVIA VRS TDI 4X4 // AUDI RS Q3 PER­FOR­MANCE // SU­PER­CHIPS VW GOLF GTD Mk6

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.