Alfa Romeo’s new 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon nails the Nürburgring EIGHT seconds faster than a Porsche Panamera Turbo
Much has been written already about Alfa Romeo’s latest saloon, and not just because it received engineering nous from Ferrari and has the BMW 3 Series firmly in its crosshairs. But, honestly, did any of you ever think you’d see it beat the Porsche Panamera Turbo, a saloon 40bhp more powerful, around the Nürburgring?
Nope, us neither. Turns out the Giulia Quadrifoglio is quick, and bloody quick at that. Thanks to a fine concoction of 503bhp, 443lb ft of torque, a 2.9-litre twin turbo V6, 0-100kph in 3.9 seconds, and some presumably massive hairy gonads on Alfa’s official test driver, the Giulia has just nailed the Nürburgring in 7m 32s, some eight seconds – EIGHT seconds – faster than the Panamera Turbo. That is ABSURD for a family saloon weighing 1524kg and fitted with all the mod-mechanical-cons expected of a production cruiser, especially when you consider that is also faster than a 2006 Koenigsegg CCX (7m 33.55s) and even a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (7m 33s). That is pants on head levels of mental right there…
Don’t believe us? Check out Fabio Francia’s on-board lap below, complete with lap counter and – ahem – subtle Pirelli sponsorship decals. Oh, and Alfa Romeo would like to emphasise that, in Race mode, the Giulia’s eight-speed transmission shifts gears in just 150 milliseconds.
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