The Giulia is here! Alfa Romeo has only revealed the top version called Quadrifoglio (don’t call it Quadrifoglio Verde) with 510 cv enough to move more than 1,5 tons. The Italian brand is one of the last to join the high-performance D premium segment which is dominated by the Germans but with the brave participation of the Jaguar and Volvo. The following is just a trivial comparison of the top versions of the D-Segment premium sedans available in Europe, the ones that the Giulia Quadrifoglio will have to battle with. It’s trivial because it includes some nameplates that are below the new Alfa in terms of horsepower and performance. The comparison should change shortly when Audi will introduce the all-new A4/S4 in Frankfurt 2015, available next year.
Which one do you like the most? vote at the end of this post.
Based on what Alfa Romeo communicated on Wednesday, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has the best power-to-weight ratio of its segment as it’s powered by a 3.0 V6 Biturbo engine with 510 cv moving only 1525 kg. Thanks to that excellent ratio, the Giulia outperforms the eternal leader, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S (which is severely affected by its high weight). The Jaguar XE S, Volvo S60 T6 and Audi S4 are not considered direct rivals of the Giulia Quadrifoglio but they are also high-performance mid-size sedans. The new Audi S4 could surprise all and maybe outperform the Italian new-born. Source: cars.com, Alfa Romeo, Auto-Motor-und-Sport
Front-view of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Jaguar XE S, Volvo S60 T6 and Audi S4
Side view of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Jaguar XE S, Volvo S60 T6 and Audi S4.
Rear-view of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Jaguar XE S, Volvo S60 T6 and Audi S4
Interior view of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Jaguar XE S, Volvo S60 T6 and Audi S4
What’s your favorite high-performance mid-size premium European sedan?
The S4 and T6 are really one notch below (in both price and performance), and are positioned against the 335i rather than the M3 (and others). Audi’s answer to the M3 is the RS4, but it looks not to be available until the new generation is unveiled.
It will be very interesting to see how FCA will price the Giulia (Quadrifoglio first, other ones later). And when the more sedate models will be available.
You’re right. As stated above this quick comparison includes the top versions of the European premium mid-size sedans.
Great comparison, thanks for the comparative exterior and interior shots. Though at first it didn’t seem striking enough, the Giulia really does look better than most of the competition. While I do like the Jag’s and Audi’s lines, the Alfa somehow blends a strong Germanic-Italian flavour that just has grown on me.
Thanks Classic Bob!
Isn’t Series 3 with manual transmission rated at 1580 kg while wit SCT it has even more kilos?
El AMG C 63 no es rival para este Giulia pues tiene un V8 Biturbo de 4 litros y con ello solo iguala los 510 HP del Alfa. Solo el BMW M3 con 80 HP menos puede aspirar a ser un serio rival del Giulia desde el punto de vista mecánico. El Audi, Jaguar y Volvo están en ligas inferiores.
Gracias Luis. Todos estos sedanes hacen parte del segmento D europeo y por lo tanto, independientemente del motor y precio, son rivales. Ya si entramos en el detalle, logicamente el Audi, Volvo y Jaguar estan un escalon abajo, mientras que el M3 y el C63 si son rivales directos. Un saludo, JF
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