The team at Road & Track recently held their annual Performance Car Of The Year competition, where they set off to do one thing: “choose the car that impresses, surprises, excites, delights.”
Before we go over how the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio faired against the competition, let’s first review all twelve contenders. Aside from the Alfa, we’ve taken the liberty of listing the other vehicles below.
- McLaren 720S
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- Honda Civic Type R
- Lexus LC 500
- Mercedes-AMG GT R
- Lamborghini Huracan Performante
- Porsche 911 GT3
- Bentley Continental Super Sport
- Audi TT RS
The McLaren 720S was ultimately selected as the Performance Car Of The Year for 2017, with the Camaro ZL1 1LE coming in second, the Civic Type R in third, and the Lexus LC 500 in fourth. It was a fierce competition to say the least, and while the Quadrifoglio didn’t go home as the crowned jewel, it still left an impression.
The Alfa Romeo was praised yet again for its dashingly handsome looks, something that helps it stand apart from the other vehicles in its segment. But the love stopped there, with Chris Chilton, a contributing editor for Road & Track, criticizing the Alfa, saying “the steering is too quick, too light, and has no feel.” Most of the voting body agreed that the Quadrifoglio could be a bit of a handful. It’s not that the car isn’t fun, it just gets to be too much work, much like the Ferrari 458 Speciale, which shares some of its DNA with the Alfa.
Harsh words for the Italian super sedan, but it isn’t a terrible outcome for the brand’s first attempt.