New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio preview: engine, power, equipment and price.
What Is It?
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the monstrously fast, top-spec, version of the company's forthcoming, compact executive class, saloon. Its purpose – when it launches towards the end of 2016 – is to be a thrilling alternative to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.
Strengths include its striking styling which is typical of the brand and emphasises that there is immense power beneath the bonnet. The manufacturer claims it “wrapped the mechanical components in a taut, muscular, package dominated by its long bonnet, short overhangs (and) muscular haunches.” This saloon also has the longest wheelbase in its class.
What Engine Does It Have?
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-litre, 510hp, turbocharged petrol engine which has 600Nm of torque. This V6 propels it to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and top speed is 191mph. Despite its performance, the manufacturer claims it has “best in class” carbon emission of 198g/km.
Power is reined in by the manufacturer's Integrated Brake System (IBS) which is “an innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response (and) record breaking stopping distances”. This set-up enables the saloon to come to a standstill from 62mph in 32 metres.
What Equipment Does It Have?
The Connect 3D Nav system incorporates satellite navigation and “full connectivity with all mobile devices running Apple iOS and Android”, the manufacture says. Maps come courtesy of Tom Tom and incorporate dead reckoning that compensates when the GPS signal is poor. Dead reckoning, therefore, estimates the vehicle's current position based on a previous fix and any subsequent distance travelled. Connect 3D Nav presents its information via an 8.8-inch screen.
The system is controlled via a rotary pad and/or voice command. An alternative is gesture control whereby the motorist makes commands by “simply moving” his/her finger on the rotary pad.
Anything Else I Should Know?
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has a range of driving modes that tweak its responses based on personal preference and/or the conditions. Modes are: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency and Race. Details are sketchy this far from launch but influenced systems include the: suspension, steering, brakes and electronic stability control.
Handling is further optimised via the “perfect” 50/50 weight distribution that comes courtesy of lightweight components. Highlights include the carbon fibre prop shaft and roof plus the aluminium engine, brakes, suspension, doors and wings. This trim also has an aluminium composite/plastic rear crossmember.
How Much Is It?
UK prices have not been confirmed, but a top-spec car with the lightweight components is likely to cost about £63,000.