Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Snow stops play for our 503bhp rear-wheel-drive supersaloon
THE UK HAS BEEN HAVING SOME weather recently. Weather that shouldn’t really stop a near £70,000 car from going about its business, but weather that the Giulia’s Pirelli Corsa tyres had zero interest in working with. In fact, anything below 7deg C combined with a damp surface has the Italian rubber overrotating at less than heroic speeds (we’re talking sub 20mph here), including when pulling away from a junction or manoeuvring off my drive. Being honest, it’s gone beyond frustrating and when it snowed a while back, the Alfa and I had our first tiff.
There’s another reason why the Quadrifoglio struggles in low-grip conditions. in theory its torque-vectoring limited-slip differential should send torque to the rear wheel with the most traction. In theory. In reality the diff’s electronic brain doesn’t intervene at manoeuvring speeds, so the wheel with the least traction rotates at will. The problem is compounded by the engine always sending torque to the rear of the car, even when it’s stationary, which can make it difficult to modulate at low speeds. Add snow or ice and the shallowest of inclines and you have a stuck Giulia and a driver having to call a colleague and ask for a lift.
Of course, all of this could have been avoided had I ordered a set of winter tyres before the country ground to a halt for a day. But I didn’t. However, you should if you have the key to a Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Dateacquired May 2017 Totalmileage 18,460 Mileagethismonth 1101 Coststhismonth £0 mpgthismonth 23.3