2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, November 19, 2015
- New midsize luxury sport sedan
- Standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
- Rear-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
- Launch model is a performance variant called Quadrifoglio
- Alfa says the Quadrifoglio holds the world lap-time record at the Nurburgring
- Twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox
- Quadrifoglio on sale in summer 2016
- Remaining Giulia lineup to follow
Iconic Italian auto brand Alfa Romeo is returning to the United States with the speed of a Mitsubishi Mirage accelerating away from a rental car lot. In other words: slowly.
Half a decade ago, we got the limited-production 8C. Last year, the 4C arrived. Now, for 2017, an Alfa Romeo that holds more than two people will be available. They claim. You never know.
In conjunction with the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Alfa Romeo detailed the new Giulia Quadrifoglio, the top-of-the-line performance version headlining the new range of Giulia midsize luxury sport sedans. The company says the Quadrifoglio will go on sale in the summer of 2016.
Take such proclamations with a grain of salt.
Alfa Romeo employs an old sport sedan recipe for the Giulia’s design: long hood, short deck, short overhangs, near 50/50 weight distribution. Beyond the basic shape, traditional Alfa styling cues include a V-shaped nose with the classic shield grille, creased bodywork, and horizontal LED taillights to emphasize the Giulia’s width.
As for the Quadriofoglio, it means serious business, hunkered down on staggered-width 19-in. aluminum wheels with an available 5-hole design that celebrates the brand’s heritage. A carbon fiber hood, roof, and rear spoiler are standard for this version, and an active aero front splitter made of carbon fiber can generate up to 220 lbs. of downforce. Alfa says the Quadrifoglio slips through the atmosphere with a coefficient of drag measuring 0.32 cd.
Seven different exterior paint colors are available, as well as four different wheel designs.
The driver and front passenger enjoy performance seats facing an asymmetric dashboard design. The driver-focused cockpit supplies a thick-rimmed steering wheel inspired by Formula 1 racing, and it includes the car’s red engine-start button. White-on-black analog gauges are separated by a 7-in. color driver information display.
If the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s standard performance seats don’t offer enough bolstering, opt for the available Sparco racing seats with a carbon fiber shell.
Under the Hood
When the 2017 Giulia goes on sale, it will have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 276 horsepower; an AWD system will be optional. More details about that version of the car will be available at a later date.
Here, we’re discussing the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which employs a Ferrari-derived, twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V-6 engine cranking out 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox feeds the rear wheels through a carbon fiber driveshaft.
According to Alfa Romeo, this setup produces 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. The company also claims that the Quadrifoglio holds the world Nurburgring lap record for a production sedan.
Additional hardware includes a twin-clutch rear differential torque-vectoring system, an electromechanical performance braking system with Brembo 4-piston calipers, a 2-mode sport dual exhaust system with quad outlets and a signature Alfa Romeo exhaust note, and summer performance tires. An optional carbon ceramic braking system with 2-piece brake rotors will bring the car to a stop from 60 mph in 102 feet, according to Alfa Romeo.
Chassis Domain Control optimizes the stability control system, the torque-vectoring system, the adaptive-damping suspension, and the active aero front splitter for maximum performance. The Giulia Quadrifoglio also has an Alfa DNA Pro driving mode selector with 4 choices: Advanced Efficiency, Natural, Dynamic, and Race. Race mode includes an engine Overboost function.
Highlights from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s safety equipment list include a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning system, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights that help the driver to see around dark corners and curves. Front and rear park-assist sensors are also along for the ride.
In addition to the driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems listed above, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is equipped with an adaptive cruise control system with full stop capability.
The car’s 3-D navigation system supplies a high-resolution, 8.8-in. display and an Alfa Rotary Pad with gesture recognition. Using this setup, drivers can access real-time vehicle performance metrics, just to make sure they’ve got the fastest lap time around their neighborhood.*
*We do not advocate driving fast in neighborhoods.