ALFA GIULIA DRIVEN
Better than an M3?
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
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