The four-leaf clover badge makes a triumphant return in the saloon
How Alfa Romeo has made the Giulia Quadrifoglio simultaneously look so curvy and butch would be worthy of several paragraphs and a good deal of gushing. Modern, yet possessed of classic Alfa Romeo timelessness means this Alfa Romeo follows in the footsteps of the 75 and 155 sports saloons.
Like all great Alfa Romeos, the Giulia Quadrifoglio looks fast when still, which is arguably the best way to enjoy its deep, sculpted flanks, ‘telephone dial’ wheels and quad chrome tailpipes.
Though simply standing there gawping at the Giulia would be doing a grave disservice to the 2.9-litre V6 under its bonnet. You see, that V6 develops 510hp and will get the flagship of the Giulia range from a standstill to 100km/hr in just 3.9 seconds.
And it’s not just going in a straight line that the Giulia excels — it’ll tackle corners with gusto, too. The bonnet, driveshaft and roof are made of carbon fibre, with extensive use of aluminium in other areas to grant it lightness and strength.
The Quadrifoglio badge adorning Alfa Romeo’s hottest models may have been dormant for a while, but what a stunning return to form it has had in the Giulia.
Engine: 2,891cc, 24-valves, V6, turbocharged
Power: 510hp at 6,500rpm
Torque: 600Nm at 2,500-5,500rpm
0-100km/h: 3.9 seconds
Top speed: 307km/hr
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Fuel consumption: 8.2L/100km