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New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3

The BMW M3 has long been the benchmark sports saloon, but Alfa Romeo's new Giulia Quadrifoglio offers more power and a much higher top speed. Does this make it better?

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and BMW M3

Our verdict

The M3 remains an immensely capable sports saloon, delivering all the performance and cornering grip you could ever hope for. It’s a five-star sports car, no question. Yet the Giulia is even better. It’s not only more powerful but also, crucially, more fun and engaging to drive. True, its interior isn’t quite as practical or as high in quality, but the Giulia does what the M3 can’t: it makes you smile on your commute as much as on a race track. That it’s also cheaper to buy on a PCP deal secures it the win.

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1st – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

For Huge performance; more playful handling; quieter and comfier

Against Cheaper-feeling interior; so-so infotainment; standard kit

Verdict The best performance Alfa Romeo in decades

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – BMW M3

For Higher handling limits; better-quality interior; brilliant infotainment

Against Firm ride; only comes alive when you drive it hard

Verdict A staggeringly fast and agile sports car

Rated 5 out of 5

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Specifications: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Engine size 3.0-litre 6cyl turbo petrol

List price Β£61,000

Target Price Β£59,953

Power 503bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 443lb ft @ 2500rpm

0-60mph 3.9sec

Top speed 191mph

Gov't fuel economy 34.4mpg

CO2 emissions 189g/km


Specifications: BMW M3 Competition Pack DCT

Engine size 3.0-litre 6cyl turbo petrol

List price Β£63,000

Target Price Β£58,232

Power 444bhp @ 7000rpm

Torque 406lb ft @ 1850rpm

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 34.0mpg

CO2 emissions 194g/km

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