Alfa Romeo Giu­lia Quadri­foglio

Snow stops play for our 503bhp rear-wheel-drive su­per­sa­loon

Evo - - FAST FLEET - Stu­art Gal­lagher (@stu­artg917)

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

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