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Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. BMW M3: The new one in the class

Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. BMW M3
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Spoilers, wings, fat wheels and Air inlets that whole hordes of squirrels could suck in: Alfa's new Giulia lets you hang out in a murderous way. Body and basic layout are the same as the M3: four-door notchback sedan, 4.64 meters long, 1.83 meters wide, full power from a supercharged 6-cylinder at the front, drive at the rear. The B MW is 4.67 meters long and 1.88 meters wide.

And when you hear the Italians aiming at it, you change color the red dress of the hot-blooded Italian continues to be white and blue: a balanced weight distribution of 50:50 is in every BMW specification sheet, the weight of almost 1,500 kg was the target for the current M3. Even the way there, the Alfa technicians apparently followed the footsteps of the Munich competition: lightweight construction with aluminum, carbon and plastic. The Alfa Romeo Giulia has the roof, bonnet and trunk lid made of carbon, the doors of aluminum. In the case of the M3 (and M4), the fenders and the bonnet are made of the light metal, the roof is made of carbon, and the trunk lid is made of a carbon-plastic mixture. Both have a carbon cardan shaft and brake discs made of a carbon-ceramic composition.

Alfa Giulia and BMW M3 differ under the hood

There are a few differences in the engine itself To recognize: BMW pimps its traditional 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder with step charging through two turbines and other subtleties and thus gets 431 hp. Alfa uses the hull engine with the aluminum block from the Maserati Ghibli, even if the technicians pretend to be an in-house development. The twin-turbo V6 with a displacement of 3.0 liters also generates a whopping 510 hp in the Alfa, which it delivers to a manual 6-speed gearbox. The M3 is available as a manual switch and with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

It can go from zero to 100 km /h in 4.1 seconds. According to the factory, the Alfa can do this faster with a conventional gearbox: The Italians promise 3.9 seconds if you do a quickie with the shift stick - the corresponding time with the BMW is 4.3 seconds according to the factory.

Mercedes-AMG C63 cannot keep up

This prestige duel is decided by the 'new in the class' of sports sedans, at least on paper. Not even the S-model of the Mercedes C63 AMG can keep up (4, 0 seconds), thatAlthough it also boasts 510 hp, it is also around 150 kilograms heavier.

But the great quality of the M3 is not the longitudinal dynamics, but rather a thrilling performance on the racetrack despite its good everyday usability. And what does Alfa say about it? Was the M3 also a role model here?

Alfa wanted to build the best possible car

'We wanted that in terms of things Build the best possible car dynamically and not outbid BMW in all areas, 'says Philippe Krief, Head of Development at the Giorgio platform on which the Giulia is located. At the same time, he admits that comparative drives were made with the BMW M3 - but only to feel how the BMW feels. Sounds like 'unfortunately slower'. But wait and see. Because with one criterion that is particularly important in this segment, the Gilulia is benchmark-suspect: the sound does not sound like Verdi or yodel, but wonderfully evil. Hear for yourself in the video!

In our picture gallery you can visually visualize the differences between the Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.


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