Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (QV)

2015 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde

The long-awaited Alfa Romeo Giulia was finally revealed to the world on June 24th 2015. It marks the return of the RWD sports sedan to the Alfa Romeo lineup, a gap which has been left vacant since the 75 was dropped in 1992.

While the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available with several drivetrain options, including both diesel and gasoline engined variants, the headline act is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (or QV, or Cloverleaf) model. The Giulia QV is powered by a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6, which Alfa Romeo proudly proclaim has "Ferrari-inspired technologies".

This 510 horsepower, all-aluminium, turbocharged engine features cylinder deactivation and is said to be fuel efficient while also allowing the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Clearly the power and performance of the Giulia QV is aimed to take the fight to the likes of the BMW M3, Audi RS4 and Mercedes C63 S AMG.

In terms of styling there's very little to dislike about the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. In fact the only complaint leveled against the car by many people are the numerous fleeting similarities between it and an assortment of models from other manufacturers. Many people see a good deal of BMW influence in the design, especially around the front. Others see elements of Lexus, while yet more find similarities with Audi towards the rear. It seems that in the search to create a car to go up against the best of the competition, Alfa Romeo may have inadvertently left a little bit of their own character behind.

2015 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde

Yet despite all that, there really isn't much to complain about. It's a great looking car from every angle. And thanks to a 50/50 weight distribution, and that beasty forced-induction V6 motor up front, it should go and handle as good as it looks. To reduce weight and help balance out the car, carbon fiber has been used for the propeller shaft, hood, roof and seat frames. While aluminium was chosen for the suspension components, front body panels and doors. The rear cross-member is made of aluminium composite and plastic and the braking system uses aluminium calipers and carbon ceramic discs.

In terms of the suspension, a sophisticated "Alfalink" multilink solution has been chosen for the rear axle, while the front suspension employs a new, double-wishbone set up. The Giulia also introduces an innovative double-clutch Torque Vectoring system to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel independently, improving traction in low grip conditions and reducing the need for an invasive stability control system.

The Integrated Brake System is also being introduced on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. This electromechanical system combines stability control and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances. The new Giulia Quadrifoglio even has a front Active Aero Splitter to actively manage downforce for higher stability and better cornering grip even at high speed.

Year (of specifications) 2015
Engine 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged
Transmission RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
Horsepower 510 horsepower
weight 1,530 kgs (3,373 lbs)

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