Alfa Romeo 191 MPH Giulia Quadrifoglio

Should the new Giulia Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo be the next Bond Car?

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | BY JAKE BRIGHT

Should be the next Bond Car

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio should be in the next James Bond film. Not in some bit part—cen­tral cast­ing should bump As­ton Martin and give it the lead.

Bond cars of­ten pos­sess but­ton ac­ti­vated su­per­pow­ers. At the turn of a dial, the Quadrifoglio trans­forms from sport sedan to a turbo snort­ing, rail-cor­ner­ing, 191 mph track car.

That’s what tech, dig­i­ti­za­tion, and clever en­gi­neer­ing can in­fuse into an au­to­mo­bile these days.

To get there Alfa Romeo en­hanced its Giulia base model. The Turin based man­u­fac­turer adorned it with the com­pany’s legacy rac­ing em­blem—the four-leaf clover (or Quadrifoglio in Ital­ian)—and added an all-alu­minum,

505 horse­power twin-turbo V-6 en­gine that de­liv­ers 443 foot pounds of torque.

The 3800 pound rear-wheel drive car puts power to pave­ment through an 8 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and 11 inch wide Pirelli skins. Driv­ers have the op­tion of pas­sive auto or bang­ing out gears on pad­dle shifters or the mid-con­sole stick. The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem is its DNA drive mode sys­tem—a com­puter con­trolled from a mid-con­sole dial—that’s wired into mul­ti­ple sen­sors all over the car. This dig­i­tal brain of­fers four driv­ing modes that in­stantly syn­chro­nize de­fault set­tings of en­gine out­put, power de­liv­ery, brakes, and sus­pen­sion.

On the tame end of the spec­trum, Ad­vanced Ef­fi­ciency mode curbs the en­gine for max­i­mum fuel con­sump­tion and op­ti­mizes elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tems (EST and ASR) for safety. Nat­u­ral mode is the com­fort set­ting for daily driv­ing.

Switch to Dy­namic and the car de­liv­ers more ag­gres­sive brak­ing, steer­ing, and en­gine per­for­mance.

And then there’s that last set­ting on the dial: Race mode. This is the op­tion that be­longs in a 007 chase scene. One where Bond flicks a switch, floors it, and drops a pack pur­su­ing as­sas­sins in lesser per­for­mance cars.

Alfa Romeo’s de­scrip­tion for Race mode is that it “ac­ti­vates the over-boost func­tion, opens up the two-mode ex­haust…and de­liv­ers sharper

brake and steer­ing feel with more ag­gres­sive en­gine, trans­mis­sion, and throt­tle…”

From a driver’s per­spec­tive, when you click into the mode it trans­forms the en­tire car into a track crav­ing beast. The Giulia Quadrifoglio in­stantly growls, grips harder, and feels en­er­gized.

From ac­cel­er­a­tion, to steer­ing, to brak­ing the re­spon­sive­ness of the ve­hi­cle is im­me­di­ate, ag­gres­sive, and tight. A nudge on the pedal thrusts you back in the seat. Stomp on it off a light, nail the brakes, or crank the wheel lat­er­ally and the Quadrifoglio’s full per­for­mance stats come to life: 0-60 in 3.7 sec­onds, high 11 quar­ters, 191 mph top speed, 1G cor­ners, and 60 to 0 in 99 feet—ac­cord­ing to Alfa Romeo and re­views.

On pub­lic streets, the Quadrifoglio in Race mode is both ex­hil­a­rat­ing and a bit scary. Ham­mer the pedal and the Alfa Romeo’s ex­haust screams and tur­bos pop. From a stand­ing stop the car hits 80 mph in sev­eral eye blinks. On the high­way, 75 be­comes 120 be­fore you know it. I throt­tled and threw the car into some tight cor­ners ex­pect­ing it (and me) to sway or fish­tail. It didn’t. The Giulia Q turned on a dime and ac­cel­er­ated for­ward. The only off­set to the thrill of this car’s peak per­for­mance is the fear of flash­ing lights and mas­sive tick­ets. And that’s the great thing about Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio ver­sus a full on su­per-car. If Race mode be­comes too much, just turn it off.

Twist the DNA knob back to N or A and in tenths of a se­cond your back to driv­ing a four­door sport sedan with hooks for a baby-seat in the rear.

That a car with this per­for­mance level is also a re­al­is­tic daily driver is pretty re­mark­able.

In ad­di­tion to test­ing the Quadrifoglio’s speed cre­den­tials, I di­aled it down and used it as a gro­cery get­ter, around-towner, and ac­tu­ally did strap in a car-seat for day­care drop-off and pickup. It was all doable and re­al­is­tic.

The Quadrifoglio’s other tech—8.8 inch widescreen, GPS and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, and 360 de­gree airbags, park­ing and blindspot sen­sors—en­hance the car’s ver­sa­til­ity and safety.

As for gripes, or things I’d change, there’s not much. As a 6,2” guy, the wind­shield in­te­grated hous­ing around the Elec­trochromic rear-view mir­ror was a bit vi­sion im­ped­ing. Per­haps Alfa Romeo could en­gi­neer it up into the roof for us taller folks.

Fi­nal takes on Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio? The $75 to $80K, car could fall into a cat­e­gory of its own—some­where be­tween its lux­ury sport sedan peers such as BMW’s M3 and Cadil­lac’s ATS and full on su­per­cars.

This is prob­a­bly why the 2018 Ital­ian four-door re­ceived 5 stars from Car and Driver and Car of the Year ac­co­lades from Mo­tor Trend.

Sport sedans like the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Audi’s RS 3 could start putting pres­sure on ex­pec­ta­tions for su­per­cars. On per­for­mance stats and ac­cel­er­a­tion, the Alfa Romeo’s only hun­dredths back some of the most de­sired ex­otics for hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars less.

So if you want an Ital­ian sport sedan that’s faster than its peers—is a re­al­is­tic daily-driver track and au­tocross ma­chine—and that touches su­per­car per­for­mance for a frac­tion of the cost, the Giulia Quadrifoglio may be your good luck charm.

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