First impressions are that the reviews have understated how terrific this thing is to drive. Its handling immediately stands out, with a front end that’s Ferrari-like in its incisiveness, while the ride is surprisingly comfortable with the dampers softened off.
Meanwhile, thrusting performance is matched by a wicked soundtrack. The cabin is mostly attractive and the driving position is excellent, so it’s hard not to be immediately smitten.
That’s all very well, you’re probably saying, but would you really spend more than £61,000 on an unproven new Alfa?
I may well change my tune if the QV turns out to be in any way unreliable or bits start falling off, but right now I’m just excited that, at last, there’s an interesting and desirable alternative to the usual German suspects, with the character, looks, performance and dynamic talents to make you think twice about wanting an M3 or C63.
This Alfa shows every sign of being something special and therefore worth the risk. One thing’s for sure: our time with the QV won’t be boring.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio specification
Prices: List price new £61,300; List price now £61,595; Price as tested £73,805; Dealer value now £49,200; Private value now £43,750; Trade value now £42,650
Options: Carbon-ceramic brakes £5500, Sparco Carbonshell sports seats £2950, tri-coat paint £1750, Harman Kardon sound theatre £950, Convenience Pack £425, dark five-hole alloys £350, dark-tinted rear windows £275, leather/ Alcantara steering wheel £225, smoking kit £80
Fuel consumption and range: Claimed economy 34.4mpg; Fuel tank 58 litres; Test average 23.6mpg; Test best 28.9mpg; Test worst 16.6mpg; Real-world range 300 miles
Tech highlights: 0-62mph 3.9sec; Top speed 191mph; Engine V6, 2891cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Max power 503bhp at 6500rpm; Max torque 443lb ft at 2500-5000rpm; Transmission 8-spd automatic; Boot capacity 480 litres; Wheels 8.5Jx 19in (f), 10Jx19in (r); Tyres 245/35 ZR19 (f), 285/30 ZR19 (r), Pirelli P Zero Corsa AR; Kerb weight 1580kg
Service and running costs: Contract hire rate £849.82; CO2 189g/km; Service costs None; Other costs Four tyres (fitted) £1276; Fuel costs £1840; Running costs inc fuel £3116; Cost per mile 39.1 pence; Depreciation £18,650; Cost per mile inc dep’n £2.73; Faults Engine limp-home mode activated, overly sensitive alarm, faulty tyre pressure sensor