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Alfa Romeo GIULIA Quadrifoglio 2017 - First Look

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The future is looking bright for Alfa Romeo. The racy Giulia saloon is set for launch in late 2017 alongside an all-new SUV. 

Seductive looks, a snarling exhaust note, and sharp handling are essential to any Italian sports car, and the racy Giulia Quadrifoglio has all three in spades. A Ferrari-derived 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual; an eight-speed automatic is optional. Four selectable drive modes adjust suspension damping and throttle response; in Race mode, stability control is fully disabled, and the Quadrifoglio is all too happy to swing its tail out for a drift.

However, rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series are also available with all-wheel drive, and it’s possible top-of-the-range Giuliettas could also be specced with this as an option. Given the rear-driven architecture would required minimal engineering to transfer from the Giulia, it makes little sense to convert it to front-wheel drive.

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This gives Alfa the opportunity to turn the Giulietta into a truly sporty premium hatchback. A second Alfa spokesperson claimed the Giulietta’s current platform and suspension setup was “fine” and theoretically had “plenty of life left in it” – but that to be successful the Giulietta had to be “better than rivals, not just good enough”.