alfa romeo vs BMW M3

 

It has been a bit of a dark age for the Italian marque as an FR sports sedan hasn’t been offered since the Alfa Romeo 75 way back in 1992. That’s 23 years ago! A brand-new front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sedan is a big statement for any manufacturer. For a brand so steeped in motorsport heritage, Alfa Romeo knew it had to put up or shut up. So when it came time to create the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, it called upon its big brotherFerrari.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia QV boasts a Ferrari-tuned twin-turbo 3.0 liter V6 producing 503 hp, surpassing both the 469 hp C63 AMG and the 425 hp M3. That said, the more hardcore Mercedes C63 S AMG model comes with a little extra muscle, matching the Alfa’s power output. According to Alfa, the QV will be capable of rocketing from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. We’ve yet to learn its top speed.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV isn’t all motor either. A new platform that shares a little bit of hardware with the Maserati Ghibli applies lightweight materials including carbon fiber, aluminum, aluminum composite, and plastic to keep the weight down wherever possible. The Alfa Romeo QV is said to have a power-weight ratio dipping below 3kg/hp. Expect the QV to weigh below 3,300 pounds and have perfect 50/50 weight distribution front and rear. Finally, the new QV features a double wishbone suspension setup in the front and a Multilink suspension at the rear.

So the little Italian red head is fresh, athletic, and pretty thin to boot! But is she smart? Alfa Romeo claims the Giulia QV will offer four distinct driving modes that will transform the character of the car with a click of a button: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient, and Racing.

Next, a Torque Vectoring System works with a double clutch gearbox to allow the new Alfa to smoothly deliver torque to the wheels without any power loss: “In this manner, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. So, the driving is safe and fun without ever having to run up against an invasive stability control system,” Alfa Romeo explained.

In addition, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV will also introduce a new electromechanical “Integrated Brake System,” which serves to provide instantaneous brake response, and stability under braking. Together the QV is expected to wow us with remarkably short braking distances.

Finally, Alfa Romeo has something up its sleeve on the aero side as well. A new “Active Aero Splitter” will provide downforce and aid the QV’s high-speed stability.

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