Alfa Romeo’s U.S. relaunch was previewed with the introduction of the niche 4C sports car, but it couldn’t really get started without a volume model. After countless delays, the wait is finally over. Alfa Romeo is back, and its flagship model, the 505-hp Giulia Quadrifoglio, is out for BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, and Cadillac V-series blood. Can it hang with the best luxury sport sedans on the market? Head 2 Head gets them all together on the latest episode to find out.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio enters a very competitive segment, and because this is Head 2 Head and not Head 2 Head 2 Head 2 Head, hosts Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman drive the Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and BMW M3 Competition Pack around the track to determine which is the worthiest opponent for the Quadrifoglio. After some fierce competition, the M3 is deemed the best rival for the Alfa, despite being down 61 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque.
During drive loops, the two hosts praise the Alfa’s Ferrari-derived twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 for its sound and monstrous power, and even go so far as to say the car is a Ferrari sedan. Not just on account of its engine, but because of how it drives. “Dynamically – I don’t use this word lightly – this car is perfect,” Cammisa says. The hosts then reluctantly hop into the M3 Competition Pack and are impressed with how much better than the standard M3 it is. Still, it’s clear they aren’t as enthusiastic about the BMW as they were about the Alfa. But despite the differences in driving impressions, the two cars put down nearly identical lap times around Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, with the Alfa being just a hair quicker. Which car is crowned the winner? Watch the full episode below to find out.
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