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It’s fair to say that I’d been looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for some time. The brand’s new flagship sedan is a $72,000, 505hp (377kW) rear-wheel drive statement of intent, a car that says to rivals at BMW and Mercedes and Cadillac that the Italians are back. It first caught our attention at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, then again in Los Angeles. Last year, the Giulia Quadrifoglio teased us some more in New York 2016 and then once again this year when we awarded it Best New Luxury Car. But a build-up like that can be risky. Cars don’t always meet our expectations, and there’s little worse than the feeling when you fail to gel with a car you’ve been looking forward to driving.
A man on a TV show once said something along the lines of “you can’t consider yourself a true petrolhead until you’ve had an Alfa Romeo.” At the time, I wasn’t entirely sure what he was talking about. The Alfas that populated the roads during my early driving years in the 1990s were unremarkable and badly compromised. During the 2000s, they were pretty but almost exclusively front-driven. And the Giulietta rental car I crossed Europe in a few years back had the most amazingly uncomfortable driving seat I’d ever encountered.
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