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

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For a long time it's been a three-way battle in the high-performance sports sedan segment between the BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V and Mercedes-AMG C63. All bring remarkable capabilities and a healthy dose of luxury to the table, but the class gained a new entry last year. With 505 horsepower and gorgeous Italian style, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has certainly caused quite a stir.

Four-leaf clover-specific

The Giulia benefits from a healthy carbon fiber diet; the hood, active front splitter, roof and rear spoiler are all made of this lightweight material. A unique rear splitter and Quadrifoglio four-leaf clover badges visually set the most potent Giulia model apart from base cars. Add a standout coat of Misano Blue Metallic paint, and this thing garners plenty of attention at gas stations and in parking lots, requiring you to spend extra time explaining to admirers that not only is Alfa Romeo selling cars in the US again, but that they're awesome.

Power comes from a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, spitting out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to outmuscle the M3 (425 horsepower), ATS-V (464) and C63 S (503). A ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox beautifully pairs with this ferocious engine, helping the Giulia get to 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 191 mph.

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The Good A muscular drivetrain, class-leading handling dynamics and gorgeous styling make the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a standout.

The Bad The Giulia's backseat is tight, infotainment system is in need of some refinement and cost of admission is higher than its competitors.

The Bottom Line The new standard among performance sedans.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 6

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