Alfa Romeo has released the long-awaited US spec sheet for its new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Quadrifoglio is Italian for Cloverleaf for those who are wondering) at the Los Angeles Auto Show recently. The new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is slated for release in the second quarter of this year.
Looking at the spec sheet I ask myself.. Could this Alfa model be a BMW M3 killer?
It certainly could be. Built in Italy, the Giulia Quadrifoglio Delivers Class-leading 505 Horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque, and a claimed 0-60 in 3.8 Seconds as well as storming around the Nürburgring in 7:39, the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan. It has Ferrari DNA too, sporting a bi-turbo V-6 that makes the Giulia Quadrifoglio the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car ever, one that is capable of a 310 km/h top speed.
The V6 version will also feature cylinder deactivation to help fuel economy numbers. In addition to the range topping Giulia Quadrifoglio, there will be less powerful versions of the Giulia. Early next year there will be a 2.0-liter direct injection I4 that delivers 276 horsepower, and will have an available all-wheel drive system. That’s more power than all of its rivals.
Classed as a premium mid size sedan, not only is it rear wheel drive but is offered with a 6 speed manual transmission as an option, something the Alfa 4C sadly lacks. The Giulia Quadrifoglio gets some impressive technology to keep all that power under control, including an active front splitter controlled by two electronic actuators, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, torque-vectoring limited-slip differential, and adaptive damping. Brembo four-pot calipers all around are stock but if you want to lose some more weight carbon ceramics are on the options list providing six-piston Brembos in front and four-piston Brembos in back. The carbon fiber hood and roof, and extensive aluminum doors and fenders help provide a “near 50/50 weight distribution.
We like aggressive looks and it’s different enough to be able to woo buyers away from the BMW M3, Cadillac ATS=V and Mercedes C63 AMG. So go for it. Book your test drive today.