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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: removed weaknesses, retained strengths

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2020)
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M an looks like the sport version of the Alfa Giulia seldom on German roads that a kind of habituation effect or even oversaturation cannot occur. In this respect, there is no need to change anything about their appearance. The model cycle of car models now prescribes one or even more facelifts, which is why the Quadrifoglio is now starting with a slightly refreshed front and rear.

Additional assistance systems

However, more important than the external appearance: The Italian manufacturer has taken criticism of the infotainment system seriously and has improved it. The same applies to the quality of the materials used around the center console; it now appears of higher quality. Electrically adjustable sports seats with perforated leather are available at an additional cost. In addition, the gear knob was embellished and the steering wheel design changed - the latter mainly because additional driver assistants can now be controlled from there.

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Alfa has changed the steering wheel design mainly because additional driver assistants can now be controlled from there.

Together with Bosch, all requirements for level two autonomous driving have been implemented. The driver must always keep his hands on the steering wheel, but can be assisted in accelerating, braking and steering. For sports drivers, it's more of a horror idea when the technology messes with them. But the customer is obviously asking for assistants to keep in lane, to warn of obstacles in the Blind Spot Assist and to stop-and-go driving in traffic jams and is now receiving them. Additionally there is aActive speed control system as well as traffic sign recognition and a drowsiness warning. Alfa is thus catching up with the competing premium brands.

Improved infotainment

Similar to the infotainment system. It relies on a faster processor and, as an alternative to the turn-push button, can in future be commanded via an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Thanks to a sufficiently large screen diagonal, the font is now displayed more clearly and the map of the navigation system is more detailed. In addition, Quadrifoglio drivers can now import data such as torque output and boost pressure. The control works similarly to the smartphone by swiping the menu fields with your finger to the convenient position or just clicking on them.

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The infotainment system now uses a faster processor.

Improved Alfa Romeo also has voice control via free text search. In addition, the Internet-based connected services now contain traffic jam information in real time and provide a WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices. Here the Italian manufacturer is also moving up to the standard in the targeted class.

New colors, different exhaust

Visual changes? There is the dark, glossy finish on the radiator grille and exterior mirrors, LED taillights with darkened glasses and a new rim design. Alfa Romeo is also introducing the colors Ocra GT Junior and Verde Montreal; The latter refers to the Montreal and the characteristic green of the 1970s coupé. An Akrapovic titanium exhaust system with carbon-clad tailpipes can also be reconfigured. As before, the Giulia Quadrifoglio comes with a flap exhaust system as standard, which plays an explicit tone in race mode.

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Driving the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio keeps its level - good news!

The hot heart in the form of a biturbo V6 continues to beat under the front hood, who trumpets his passion beyond 3,000 rpm. The 2.9 liter engine, which was built together with the Ferrari development department, generates 510 hp and applies a maximum torque of 600 Newton meters to the crankshaft. The six-cylinder transmits its power to the rear wheels via a zig-zag shifting ZF eight-speed automatic.

In terms of driving everything is the same

Accordingly, there are no new driving impressions to report from the Giulia. You are still almost form-fitting in the chassis, enjoying integrative ergonomics and thus a lot of feeling for the driven rear axle. In other words, the exclusively driven rear axle, for which one would like to write a thank you letter to Alfa Romeo. For the electronically controlled, wheel-selective distribution of the drive force via two clutches. And for that borderline feeling. But above all we want to praise the snappy front axle, which frees itself from drive tasks, is additionally supplied with pressure from the adjustable front splitter and does not want to let go of the chosen path - at least when the sports tires are up to temperature.

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