Much of the world’s automotive media has already had a go in the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. The internet is chalk full of reviews of the 505 horsepower rear-wheel drive four-door, but former Top Gear presenter and soon-to-be ‘The Grand Tour’ presenter Jeremy Clarkson has now had a go in Alfa’s latest offering, and we know you’re eager to hear what he had to say about it.
Clarkson has a famous infatuation with Alfa Romeos, but he hasn’t been a fan of most of its modern day offerings such as the Mito and Giulietta. The Giulia is a step away from those rather pedestrian automobiles, though, and with its rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform and 500 plus horsepower twin-turbocharged V6, it has all the makings of a true Alfa.
Clarkson says he’s been waiting “nearly three decades,” for an Alfa that “isn’t just a rebadged Fiat.” He gets the car’s faults out of the way first, saying the driver’s door is too small and noting the steering wheel buttons don’t illuminate at night. He also says the Giulia is “uneconomical,” a fact made worse by its small 58-liter fuel tank. Other foibles include the steep £60,000 asking price, small sat-nav screen and cheap feeling interior plastics .
He then begins listing off the positives. Alfa’s 2.9-liter V6 engine is a strong point and provides “laugh out loud,” type speed when you hit the gas. He also says the steering is fast, the carbon ceramic brakes are “perfectly,” tuned and the limited-slip differential makes smoky drifts simple.
You’ll want to read Clarkson’s humorous review to get his full verdict on the Giulia QV, so head on over to The Sunday Times to check it out.