Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Giulia comes in three basic flavors: the base Giulia, the upscale Giulia Ti and the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio. At the heart of the Giulia and Giulia Ti is a high-pressure 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Should buyers specify, the Giulia and the Giulia Ti can be equipped with all-wheel drive, a $2,000 option. Either way, the Giulia can hit 60 mph in comfortably under six seconds.

The Quadrifoglio variant of course, is on another level. Alfa Romeo claims that the Giulia Quadrifoglio is the most powerful production car they've ever built offering a staggering 505 horsepower from a 2.9L V6 thanks to twin turbochargers. All that power is sent to the rear wheels to make 60 mph come in only 3.9 seconds.

Regardless of which Giulia buyers choose, equipment and options are similar to competitors in this price range, which is to say very nice, with plenty of available options to make the cars even nicer. Base Giulia models come with 17-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, a 6.5-inch screen for in in car entertainment and the backup camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and keyless go, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth integration, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rear seat ventilation and an integrated garage door opener.

The Giulia Ti isn't much more expensive than the base Giulia, but it gets bigger 18-inch wheels, a bigger 8.8-inch color screen, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, along with a nicer interior featuring dark grey oak interior accents.

The Quadrifoglio has 19-inch aluminum wheels and unique exterior aero bits along with lots of tricks to make go faster and handle better. Among these tricks are an active torque vectoring rear differential, and active suspension which lets drivers determine the driving mode with the touch of a button. Combined, these two features give the Giulia truly sports car like handling, making it the kind of no compromise vehicle that people could've only dreamed of a few years ago.

Option packages on the Giulia include a driver assistance package, a sport appearance package and a navigation package which also adds SiriusXM satellite radio. Standalone options include a wide variety of wheels and a big dual-pane sunroof.

Editors' Review

Let's be honest. You don't buy any Alfa Romeo -- let alone this high-performance 2020 Giulia Quadrifoglio -- for its safety tech, its infotainment smarts, or even its interior furnishings. No, you buy it because it looks like this, and because it sounds like this. You buy it for its heritage. You buy it to not see yourself coming and going. Perhaps most importantly, you buy an Alfa Romeo because of how it makes you feel, whether you're clipping an apex on a racetrack, your favorite canyon road or that one switchback on your commute. Alfas are not about practicalities, they are about passion. You buy one because you can't bear not to -- shortcomings and reliability question marks be damned.

Once you accept this reality, the Italian automaker's primary job is all about removing justifications for passing by their showroom in favor of the safer, more predictable choices offered by the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. For 2020, Alfa Romeo has expended considerable effort sanding down some of the rough edges on its tech and cabin experiences in hopes of converting dithering dreamers and wanna-be iconoclasts into buyers. Has the company done enough with this Giulia Quadrifoglio? Let's dive in and find out.

Impressive specs

Under its gorgeous, unchanged-for-2020 skin, the Giulia's powertrain continues to be the same as when it first hit US dealers in late 2016. If you're reading this, chances are you already know the pertinents of range-topping Quadrifoglio model. Just in case you've forgotten, know that this rear-wheel-drive sedan features a Ferrari-derived, 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6, delivering not only 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, but also a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds (a time that neatly coincides with estimates for its chief rivals, the Audi RS5 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG C63 S). Top speed? Glad you asked: 191 mph.

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The Good ~ Always-on, always-visceral driving experience ~ Stunning, won't-confuse-it-with-anything-else appearance

The Bad ~ 2020 tech and trim improvements still not up to level of rivals ~ Questionable reliability

The Bottom Line New cabin finishes, infotainment tech and advanced safety gear make Alfa Romeo's sport sedan more well-rounded than before.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 6.5

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