BMW April 2022

Alfa Romeo’s current model range make-over sees eight new additions to the manufacturer’s line-up before 2020, thanks to Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne investing R71 Billion into revitalising the car manufacturer. His orders to his designers and engineers is to look back to its heritage for inspiration for building sports sedans and hugely desirable cars. With a wealth of dynamic supercar knowledge available to Alfa Romeo from Ferrari, the Giulia QV is a beautiful example of this cross pollination.

First of the new Georgio platform family additions I tested was the standard Giulia as well as its SUV derivative the Stelvio down in Cape Town. So in the the last 16 months I have had the pleasure of experiencing some of these changes, although none of it quite prepared me for the level of engineered performance that the Giulia QV has to offer.

Learning early on how the new Stelvio SUV QV had set the fastest SUV lap around the Nuremburg ring in 2017, and that the Giulia is aimed at attacking the BMW M3’s and AMG C63 S’s markets, I knew it would be fast. With the throttle response and performance on both the Stelvio and standard Giulia were astonishingly quick, but it still never prepared me for how blisteringly quick the Giulia QV is. This is why it should be considered the godfather of range, as nothing prepares you for this its atom splitting sprint from 0-100km in just 3.6 seconds. The Ferrari-derived 505-hp 2.9-litre Bi-turbo V-6 wags its rear wheels through half of the eight-speed automatic gearbox when you’re in one of the dynamic modes.

The Giulia QV has Alfa’s DNA Pro selector which allows you to adjust suspension and throttle response through three drive options, from super fuel sipper to Dynamic mode, except that the QV comes with another extra mode which the Race option. In Race mode, stability control is fully disabled, and there is nothing that can prepare you for its speed – up to 307 km/h if you dare. The super car performance is enough to generate self-imposed whiplash as direct drive through to the rear wheels makes 250km/h just too close. It’s ridiculous considering it still feels like your toes are merely tickling the belly of the beast as it’s true Race mode can only be fully registered on a track.

On the road you have constraints to play within but you do get to see just how the balancing of the QV reacts. With aluminium doors, engine and light weighting carbon fibre making up the roof, bonnet, bucket seats and prop shaft, the car weighs in at just 1580kg which is impressive for its size. The roomy design inside the cabin is clean and uncomplicated, and it boasts soft touch finishes on the dash along with quality you would expect from any of its premium competitors. With an easy-to-use infotainment scrolling wheel the vehicle is by far everything you would expect from Italian design. Its edgy symmetric design and super low stance keeps the eye wandering for more details from the outside.

The QV has a soul of its own. Even taking the QV’s brutal behavior into consideration, I could still very easily live with this as an everyday driver. Thanks to its large roomy cabin and ample boot space, and in two of the other more docile driving modes, you wouldn’t know what the car is capable of. The only issue would be the rate of card swiping at your local gas station, as it’s very hard to stay in one of those modes. However, if you’re driving a R1.4 million car then I don’t think you’ll be too concerned about that.