Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (QV)
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
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.
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)
||3.0 litre V6 turbocharged
||1,530 kgs (3,373 lbs)