Finally, they've unlocked the doors to the new Alfa Giulia and allowed us to try the seats for size. When Alfa unveiled its rival for the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series earlier this year, it fiercely protected its innards. Nobody was meant to photograph them, let alone put a bum on a seat. All of which made you wonder why.
My concerns were amplified this morning at the Frankfurt motor show, when I got my head bitten off for opening an unlocked door on the car - but midway through the day and with the stand's coffee bar firing out the espressos, nobody seemed to mind any more.
Perhaps inevitably, what's inside these top-spec go-faster models is a mix of majesty and mediocre. The sports seats are large, comfortable and supportive. The steering wheel feels big to the hand but is nicely assertive, with a decent range of rake and reach adjustment. The pedal spacing is also okay, at least on these left-hookers. Combined with the large, red steering wheel-mounted start button, there's a message here that this Quadrifoglio model is built for serious drivers.