“I noticed three especially interesting things about the Giulia's driving experience. One is, quite simply, the performance. Acceleration is massive, especially from a stop but even when you're already going 40 miles per hour and you drop the throttle. More impressive is the handling; the Giulia has virtually no body roll, which is nice, and it's easy to toss around, which is also nice, but the best part is the steering -- it's sports-car precise, and it sends the Giulia in whatever direction you want it to go just as well as the steering in any modern 2-door sports car I've recently driven.” – Doug DeMuro, Autotrader
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: Mercilessly fast and furious
“Alfa has BMW dead to rights on power, too. Giving up some in displacement, the Quadrifoglio does feel laggier, and occasionally gutless at low speeds around town. But boost comes in predictably, and once you feed it some revs…mercy. This engine is an absolute monster, a bassy, brappy suitcase nuke that begs to be chased up the tach to its 7250-rpm redline. It pulls like crazy anywhere above 3800 rpm, delivering a sternum punch in the midrange. The top-end wallop is simply a league beyond the 425-hp M3.”
-- Max Prince, Road & Track
“Despite its eccentricities, the Giulia is actually quite nice to drive normally. If you want this car to drive like it was designed to, it’s best to leave it in Dynamic mode all the time and get the throttle and transmission response you want, and there’s an option to put the adaptive dampers back in Soft mode. You will still get a fair amount of drivetrain lash in Dynamic (and Race), which feels like a high-powered manual in that regard. When you’re sitting in stop-and-go traffic, though, Normal mode softens everything up and makes it relaxing. There’s also a fuel economy mode (A, on the DNA selector), which we ignored. More critically, the Giulia will stay in whatever mode you left it in when you turned it off, save for Race.
“Race mode is a gem. Too often, these modes are over- or under-done, but Alfa’s hit the sweet spot. The throttle pedal remains progressive rather than turning into a 500-hp light switch. Stability control switches to save-your-ass mode, in which it lets the rear end hang out just enough so you catch it and let you feel like a hero. Maybe 20 degrees of slip angle. Even better, it doesn’t slap you down when it comes in. Rather, it simply prevents the tail from sliding out any further but doesn’t bring it back in line. That’s on you. When the rear does let go, it’s predictable, progressive, and easy to control. Full stability control, by contrast, keeps the rear end firmly inline, but only modulates power enough to prevent wheel spin, not to slow you down. It’s so seamless, you’d almost believe the rear tires are just on the edge of their grip rather than being managed by the computer.”
-- Scott Evans, Motor Trend
“The Giulia's eight-speed automatic is nearly perfect with hard shifts in dynamic and race mode -- it almost feels like a single-clutch system -- and smoother ones in the lower two modes. We thought dual-clutch transmissions were the future, but after driving this, and the Jag, and the Corvette, all with eight-speed automatics, we may just have to admit that we were wrong. Oh, and just to reiterate, American Giulias will not have the option of a manual transmission.
“We knew the Giulia couldn’t possibly have the steering feel of the manual-rack 4C, but Alfa keeps it samurai-sword sharp with an 11.8:1 steering ratio. That means moving the wheel an inch will move the car a foot on the road. Among electrically boosted steering systems, it’s probably the fastest we’ve ever tested. It’s very easy at slow speeds, leading to a little dartiness, but at speed on the track it firms up. Road feel is muted, but the suspension, especially in its stiffest setting, transmits a good amount of chassis movement. Over the angular banked curves, you can feel the Giulia compressing and pushing back towards the track, and on the rumble-strip curbing, we could feel the whole body vibrating.”
-- Jake Lingeman, Autoweek
“While the big, easy-to-access paddles by the steering wheel allow driver intervention with manual overrides, that almost seems superfluous since the transmission is so well attuned to the driver’s needs, including timely downshifts when braking for a corner.
“Handling is scalpel-sharp, with lightning-quick steering and a taut, tied-down suspension. The car turns in with immediacy and an even-keel cornering attitude that wouldn’t shame hardcore sports cars.
“Rather than being artificially heavy, the steering conveys good feedback. On our track, the Alfa further proved its mettle with fantastic grip from the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, delivering a beautifully balanced easy-to-control demeanor.”
-- Gabe Shenhar, Consumer Reports
“Far from irrelevant, the Giulia Quadrifoglio turns out to be instantly indispensable, a must-drive: certainly the lightest- and liveliest-handling, the most poised, pointable and neutral sport-sedan I’ve ever laid hands to. I love the steering wheel so much I’m thinking of having my palms upholstered in faux suede.”
-- Dan Neil, The Wall Street Journal
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