Few car manufacturers possess a name and performance motif as evocative as Alfa Romeo’s four-leaf clover. It’s affixed to only the firm’s most potent models, but in recent years they have nearly all been a disappointment. Step forward the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which, based on the impressive Giulia executive saloon, promises far more.
It’s built on the same lightweight underpinnings as the Giulia, but is fitted with a staggeringly powerful 503bhp turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, making it good for 0-62mph in just 3.9sec and a downright crazy top speed of 191mph. To put all that power to good use, it gets bespoke suspension and quicker steering, while larger standard brakes make sure it stops as well as it goes.
However, it faces stiff competition from some extremely well rounded and established performance saloons, including the BMW M3, Mercedes C 63 and forthcoming Audi RS4. Does the Giulia possess the performance and handling to take them on and beat them? Read on to find out.