BONG BONG BONG. The dashboard had lit up like a Christmas tree. Power was gone. The whole car started shuddering. We were in a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia with just barely 1,709 miles on the odometer, and it was already breaking down.
Oh, Alfa. You’re like some beautiful and brilliant but wildly self-destructive friend who can’t seem to ever let themselves succeed. They ace a job interview, and then show up for the first day of work drunk and with taquito vomit down their shirt. That’s sort of how I feel about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio…
This isn’t the Alfa Romeo that your dad had in college, the Spider that was great on sunny days but wrecked his bank account over and over again with its repair bills. This isn’t the Alfa Romeo of the 1990s, after it left America and turned out one dismal Fiat-sourced front-wheel drive hatchback after another.
Back in October we caught wind that Alfa Romeo was going to sculpt the new Giulia into some sort of mystical Italian wagon. It was probably only destined for Europe, and now it apparently isn’t happening at all.
This year saw the introduction of many new cars, good and bad. Some of them also seemed to fall somewhere between good and bad in one way or another, and it’s those controversial, conversation-starting cars we’re going to highlight.
The all new Alfa Romeo Giulia will face serious competition from other European sports sedans. Alfa hopes that by bringing more style, more power at a lower price point, it will steal buyers away.
Apparently, you can get an Alfa Romeo Giulia stuck by just trying to drive up a normal driveway, Motor Trend’s Jason Cammisa proved on his Instagram. That is not encouraging.
Are you so excited for the Alfa Romeo Giulia? Do you dream of hearing its 503 horsepower twin-turbo V6 put spicy Italian noises in your ear-holes as you row through the gears of its six-speed manual transmission? Scratch the last thing off your list if you’re an American, because it ain’t happening here.
If there is anything that could make the face of the Alfa Romeo Giulia even more appealing it would be sticking it on the front of a wagon. But before you get too excited, I’m going to shut down those hopes and dreams real quick: this is for EUROPE only.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia sport sedan is one of the most important cars to come out in 2016, both for enthusiasts clamoring for a real Alfa Romeo comeback and for the struggling Fiat Chrysler brand. But some first-drive reviews in Europe reveal stereotypically Alfa-esque problems that don’t exactly inspire confidence.
Here’s nine blood-pressure raising minutes of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio with its active aero and its Italian body and its twin-turbo V6. What more could you want?
This video/.gif thing from the Alfa Romeo Facebook page of the new Giulia Quadrifoglio is pretty neat. I tried to .gif it myself, but it didn’t work and I’m lazy.
We have seen the 510 horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and it is glorious. And now we’re seeing it minus as much as 375 horsepower.
Bad news: We got lost looking for the new Giulia reveal so we had to sit in the nosebleed section.
It has 505 horsepower from a Ferrari-developed, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. It does zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Alfa Romeo claims a Nürburgring time of just 7:39, supposedly the quickest ever for a sedan. Yes, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is going to kick all the asses.
You know how the three German premium manufacturers don’t just have stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but their own buildings? Well, the Alfa Romeo Giulia didn’t need to be that shouty. Everybody knew where to find her.
Let’s count out 14 seconds: one, two, three, four, five, six, (bored yet?) nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen. That’s how many seconds faster the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is around the Nürburgring over a BMW M4.