By Kimatni D. Rawlins
What an impeccable time I had with the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio recently in my hometown of Silver Spring, MD. Though spring had not fully manifested during my stint with the prestigious ride and April showers slowed me down a bit, the performance enhancer still put on quite a show wherever I ventured, including the illustrious Katies Cars and Coffee in Potomac. What else would you expect from a brand born and bred in 1910 Milan?
Fundamentally courageous, Automotive Rhythms’ weekly loaner arrived in a Rosso (Red) Competizione Tri-Coat exterior hue ($2,200), staggered 19” Dark 5-hole aluminum rims ($500) wrapped in Pirelli Winter Sottozero 245/35 R19 front tires and 285/30R19 rear tires, and leather and Alcantara performance seats with red stitching that hugged me tighter than my mother. The vehicle also featured an active aero front splitter, Brembo 4-wheel disc high-performance brakes with red calipers, an aggressive rear diffuser, and the dual-mode quad exhaust system that sang like Luciano Pavarotti upon acceleration. I can only imagine a set of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa three-season high-performance tires on the RWD Quadrifoglio! The name by the way translates to four-leaf clover. As the story goes Ugo Sivocci — recruited by friend Enzo Ferrari onto Alfa Romeo’s first ever factory racing team — was tired of placing second for the distinguished automotive company and needed a good luck charm for encouragement. So he aptly decorated his Alfa Romeo RL with the Quadrifoglio Verde (shamrock) symbol and won the 1923 Targa Florio. The rest is history.
From an industry standpoint the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a refreshing performance sedan that quickly converts admirers into fans. Upon approach, the triangular shielded grille stares at you with confidence and hypnotizes inquisitive minds. I must have been confronted by at least 20 strangers during my time with the Italian job. Not one had previously seen this Alfa Romeo model on the streets and was elated to chat with me about its mechanics, heritage, and design. In archetypal Italiano fashion the Giulia Quadrifoglio is ornamented with a profuse amount of Carbon Fiber both inside and out. For example, the roof, hood, rear spoiler, side sill insert, front splitter, drive shaft, interior accents, and the Quadrifoglio performance steering wheel ($400) are all fabricated from Carbon Fiber, which accentuates the vehicle properly.
“The all-new Giulia is the result of our 105 years of passion for Italian style, craftsmanship, and performance,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo. “Crafted in Italy, the Giulia lineup sets an entirely new benchmark for the segment as the world’s fastest four-door production sedan.”
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