Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: Fastest Sedan ever?

Italy is known for building exotic supercars, such as the Lamborghini and Ferrari. But the Italians have also fostered another brand, offering models with extreme performance and sporting DNA.

We're talking about the Alfa Romeo. They are really in the flow zone during the day. Here at home, the new Giulia has been well received, not to mention their very first SUV: the Stelvio.

As usual, design and sporty driving characteristics are in focus when Alfa Romeo launches new cars.

Among several exciting news, there is one model that tops most at Alfa right now, namely the Giulia Quadrifoglio. This is simply the world's fastest sedan. Designed by the same man behind the Ferrari 458

What is it like to drive?

Expectations are clearly present when Giulia Quadrifoglio goes to pers. This is the car that drives from both the BMW M3, Audi RS 5 and Mercedes-AMG C 63S. On the track, it also makes it razor sharp. The Italian raw paw has clocked a time of 7.32 at the Nürburgring - and is with the world's fastest sedan, based on lap time.

On the road, it is immediately noticed that the car has sporting genes, or DNA as Alfa Romeo calls it. The car has four different layouts to choose from: D, N, A or Race. It is the latter that awakens the beast properly to life. Then you activate the overboost function in the engine, and get an beyond exhaust sound with the purchase.

There is no doubt that the car loves winding and hilly country roads. The steering is razor sharp and the chassis responds well to the ground. Here you get exactly the feedback you want. In fact, it works so well, that you would rather just find a track, to test the car to the fullest.

We also like that Alfa has chosen rear-wheel drive on the car, despite over 500 hp in the front. It makes the beast more playful, and with hot wheels, the car sits surprisingly well glued to the road. It also supports the weight distribution which is at precise 50/50. The result is a well-balanced and easily controlled car.

If you choose the driving program "N", which stands for Natural, the car relaxes more. Nevertheless, it is noticeable that the chassis is reasonably tight. Small bumps and bumps are noticeable, but the driving rules and the passion behind the wheel clearly override this.

Nicest on the outside or inside?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a beautiful sedan in the first place, perhaps one of the most beautiful in its class. In the Quadrifoglio version, it gets even tougher, with carbon details and rougher catchers.

Seen from the front, it actually looks quite modest, with the iconic Alfa grill. But the closer you are to the stern, the more the brutality that lives in the car is revealed. Right from behind, Grandma herself realizes that the car is serious. Four coarse end tubes, a large diffuser and a carbon rear spoiler. This one is really angry!

On the inside, Alfa follows up with a stylish interior, and of course with racing-inspired details. The feeling of quality is generally good, although there is some hard plastic in some places. At the same time, it promotes the true racing feel of the car.

The test car is equipped with carbon seats from Sparco, they deliver well with side support and adjustment options. The steering wheel is also made of carbon, alcantara and leather. It's all topped off with a red start button, and large gear levers behind the wheel. The inspiration from Ferrari is not hidden. Tough.

When it comes to the infotainment system, it is not as user-friendly as with the German competitors. The resolution on the screen is also not hair-raising, which is especially noticeable on the navigation and reversing camera.

But now this car is not about gadgets and resolution on the rear view camera. Here, the driving feeling and a driver-oriented interior are in focus.

How is the space?

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is the size of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. In front you sit well in the sports seats, but it can be cramped in the second row of seats if the driver is the longest made.

The luggage compartment is normal for the class, it holds 480 liters.

Alfa Romeo Giulia will be very important for the brand

Is it going well?

The car is not the fastest in the world in its class for no reason! The engine of the Giulia Quadrifoglio is truly a piece of Italian masterpiece.

I samarbeid med Ferrari har Alfa Romeo utviklet en V6-er på 2,9 liter. Sammen med doble turboer yter den lille rakkeren vanvittige 510 hk og 600 Nm. Det gjør at 0-100 km/t går unna på brennkjappe 3,9 sekunder! Nåla stopper heller ikke før 307 km/t.

You should be reasonably numb if this does not give you anything. The four tubes almost spit fireballs when applied!

You should be reasonably numb if this does not give you anything. The four tubes almost spit fireballs when applied!

Our test car has an 8-speed automatic, and it definitely fits the notes. During active driving, you shift manually with the levers behind the wheel. Then it slams between the gear changes, both in the form of sound and a physical knock in the back. Lovely!

Pushed from the engine is as brutal as a bloodshot stallion during the run. The forces are continuous, lasting up to the red mark at well over 6000 rpm. This in combination with a completely distinctive sound makes the driving experience complete.

... and what is the conclusion?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a different car in many ways. It is not just the design that sets it apart from the competition, but the whole identity. While the German competitors "pack" the rawness into an almost perfect suit, the Alpha appears more honest and brutal.

The forces that live in it are class-leading, and the driving characteristics are very precise. The way the wild forces are controlled through the drivetrain and chassis, creates large doses of good feeling behind the wheel.

There is no cheap car. The test car costs just over 1.1 million kroner with a little extra equipment, and is in line with similar cars from BMW and Mercedes.

Alfa romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio reviewed by the one and only, Jeremy Clarkson

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Engine: 2.9-liter, V6

Power: 510 hp

0-100 km / h: 3.9 seconds

Consumption: 0.85 l / mil

Top speed: 307 km / h

Luggage compartment: 480 liters