Yes, it has four doors and 4 seats………..and Yes, with its Ferrari sourced 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 pushing 505 HP, it definitely needs to be included in my exotic car reviews!! This site is about exotic cars and road trips and the Alfa is a great road trip car with the flair and performance of an Italian exotic!! You may remember from my “Next 140 Miles” post that one of the cars on that trip was in fact an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Giulia QV) driven by our friend Alex. Trust me when I say we all had to be on our toes and ready to go or the Alfa and Alex would leave us behind…………. Please look for his video of that trip and the Alfa below.
I had read some about the Alfa prior to our trip, however I had never seen one……….. it was a very sexy car!! It is much more exotic than its competitors, a BMW M4, an Audi RS5 or an AMG C63 S. One aspect of an exotic car is its rarity…….. how many Alfa’s do you see on the road………..not many. There are so many BMW’s on the road, they have become a common site along with the Audi and Mercedes…………….. not exotic. None of these cars can quite match the power and performance of the QV and none of them have that sexy Italian style. You can say the Quadrifoglio is in the same class as these other cars, however the reality is the QV is a class of one, it stands alone!!
What would you rather drive…………… a BMW M4 with 425 HP……………… boring, or a Sexy Italian Alfa Romeo with 505 HP. Not only is it sexy and powerful, it also handles better than the others and is able to pull .98 G on the skid pad. Everything you will ever read about the Alfa will mention the steering feel. How quick and responsive it is and the amazing communication it provides the driver.
We are all about road trips here and the pure joy of aggressive driving on those windy mountain roads while still enjoying the sites and sounds of our trip, along with the practicality of a good road trip car……………. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio hits the mark big time!!
A Little History
There is a lot of history, far more than we can cover here. Alfa Romeo Automobiles is an Italian luxury car manufacturer, founded by Frenchman Alexandre Darracq, a company that would produce and sell special Darracq models for Italy. In late 1909, the Italian Darracq cars were selling slowly, and the Italian partners of the company hired Giuseppe Merosi to design new cars. On June 24, 1910, a new company was founded named A.L.F.A., in Milan (initially still in partnership with Darracq). The company’s current name is a combination of the original name, “A.L.F.A.” (“Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobile”), and the last name of entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who took control of the company in 1915. The brand is known for sporty vehicles and has been involved in car racing since 1911.
Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, sports car racing, touring car racing, and rallies. It has competed both as a constructor and an engine supplier, via works entries (usually under the name Alfa Corse or Autodelta), and private entries. The first racing car was made in 1913, three years after the foundation of the company, the Alfa Romeo won the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. The race victories gave a sporty image to the marque, and Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929 as an Alfa Romeo racing team, before becoming independent in 1939. It has had the most wins of any marque in the world.
Alfa Romeo was imported to the United States by Max Hoffman from the mid-1950s. In 1961 Alfa Romeo started exporting cars to the United States through its own dealer network. In 1995, Alfa Romeo stopped exporting cars to the United States. On May 5, 2006, Alfa Romeo announced its return to the US Market. Sales resumed in October 2008, with the launch of the limited production 8C Competizione coupe.
The next significant milestones in Alfa Romeo’s North American return occurred in 2014, with the launch of the more affordable two-seater 4C coupe. In 2015, Alfa Romeo’s return to the market was further bolstered by the automaker’s display of the new Giulia at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for “four-leaf clover”) was the first model in the new Giulia range. It was unveiled in Italy in June 2015. It made its official international debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with market launch scheduled for February 2016.
The Quadrifoglio is powered by an all-aluminum alloy, twin-turbocharged gasoline direct injection 90° V6 engine, with a single-cylinder displacement of just under half a liter, for a total of 2,891 cc (176.4 cu in; 2.9 L). This engine was developed exclusively for the Quadrifoglio by Ferrari technicians and is related to Ferrari’s own twin-turbocharged F154 CB V8 engine, sharing the California T’s bore x stroke of 86.5 mm × 82 mm (3.41 in × 3.23 in). The engine has a maximum power output of 505 HP at 6,500 rpm, and 443 lb⋅ft of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. The turbochargers are single-scroll compressor IHI units integrated into the manifold, with water-charge air coolers. It has side-mounted direct fuel injection and the peak turbo boost pressure reaches up to 35 psi.
The Quadrifoglio weighs 3,360 lb and has a power-to-weight ratio of 6.6 lb. This is achieved courtesy of the Quadrifoglio having composite and light alloy construction, as well as featuring a roof and hood made of carbon fiber.
The front has a carbon fiber splitter and enlarged air intakes for the twin intercoolers and for the brakes — the hood features two cooling outlets for the engine bay. On the sides, the front wings also have outlets to extract air from the wheel wells, and has the Quadrifoglio badges (four-leaf clover); the side skirts are specific to the model, as are the 19-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, a low-profile carbon fiber lip-spoiler is applied to the trunk lid, and a rear diffuser makes up the lower half of the bumper, flanked by quadruple exhaust tips. Working in conjunction with the flared-in underside, the diffuser is fully functional in generating downforce — as the front is the “Active Aero Splitter”, which can vary its angle of attack by 10°, moved by electric motors. The manufacturer claims these active aero elements are the firsts in the Giulia’s market segment and are able to generate up to 220 lb of downforce at 186 mph.
Mechanically, this model is fitted with a torque vectoring rear differential which is able to send 100% of the torque to the left or right wheel, and an 8-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF. The braking system uses carbon ceramic rotors, along with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and auxiliary rear calipers for the parking brake. The electronic stability control and the traditional brake booster are combined in a single electromechanical system. Driving modes include “Dynamic”, “Natural” and “Advanced Efficiency” modes (the last one uses cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy), and “Race” (for high performance — with louder exhaust note and all electronic stability control systems turned off).
According to Alfa Romeo, the Giulia Quadrifoglio can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and come to a standstill from that speed in 105 feet. The Quadrifoglio can attain a top speed of 191 mph. This Quadrifoglio also completed the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit in 7 minutes 32 seconds, a record for a 4 door sedan.
Comfort and Practicality
I think the Alfa is going to win this category. Of course, we have four doors and 4 seats which could be used for either extra people or extra luggage. We also have an actual trunk with approx 13 cubic feet of storage.
The Qaudrifoglio comes equipped with most of your modern day options. You can also add their Active Driver Assist Package for $2,000 which includes a level II tech bundle that features adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane-keep assist and active blind spot montering.
“This might be the best handling sedan I have driven in 25 years of automotive journalism. The way it puts down power, the way it reacts with a snap to attention, the way it never seems to be caught unaware. Be wary of soft brakes when the car is cold, which can catch you out. It’s a little bit turbulent over frost heaves. But that is just part of the fun. You can’t believe a sedan is actually doing this level of work; there is so much room behind the driver for passengers, plus a Costco-ready trunk. And yet the Giulia is going toe to toe with world-class supercars.” – Mark Rechtin – Motor Trend 2017 Best Driver’s Car
If you are looking for a nice exotic road trip car, look no further than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It is comfortable, roomy with room for four plus a trunk…………….. and trust me, you will not have any trouble keeping up with the Ferrari or Lamborghini!! I posted the video that Alex put together for us in my post “Next 140 Miles” and I am going to post here again as well…………. take look and enjoy!!
So, if you happen to see an Alfa Romeo with that Quadrifoglio badge on the side……that four leaf clover, slow down, you are looking at something special!!
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