We’ve all seen and heard about the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, in particular the Quadrifoglio variant. It’s going to be Milan’s answer to the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.
Powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 (developed with Ferrari no less), it pumps out 510hp/375kW of power and 600NM of torque. That’s enough for a sub-four second sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 307 km/h.
So it’s got the stats and so far, the motoring press have taken a liking to it. But now it’s also proved its worth on the most gruelling and infamous racetracks in the world; the Nurburgring.
Alfa Romeo uploaded a video showing the Giulia do a complete lap of the Green Hell, setting the new record for a sedan – a 7:32. That’s faster than the new Porsche Panamera Turbo, which only just broke the record previously at 7:38. A 7:32 puts it on par with the likes of the Porsche Carrera GT, the 991 GT3, and the Ferrari 458 Italia.
A 7:32 makes this four-door sedan that can seat five people and weighs around 1600kg faster around the Nurburgring than a Mercedes-AMG GTS, Lexus LFA, and Porsche 997 GT2. Or in other words, faster than proper supercars.
While a lot of that has to do with variables such as track condition, weather, and of course the car, the driver Fabio Francia, should also be commended for his bravery. But also for his chill driving attire. Not many people can set records in a t-shirt and jeans.
Welcome back Alfa Romeo, we’ve missed you.