2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The What Car? Competition has concluded, naming the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio as the Sport and Performance Car of the Year. This award echoes other awards given in 2017 and 2018 to this speedy sedan.

Based solely on the stats, it’s little wonder the Giulia Quadrifoglio was recognized for this award. The car has the best-in-class horsepower. It made the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds. The lap time for the Nürburgring track was a mere 7:32 seconds, setting a record for a four-door production sedan. The top speed is a rousing 191 mph.

Alfa Romeo uses twin-turbo technology to make this 2.9-liter V6 so quick. It generates 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The automatic transmission is a smart eight-speed. Enthusiasts may grab the paddle shifters and experience expert gear shifts in under 100 milliseconds. Yet designers didn’t rely solely on its engine to make this sedan so fast.

Helping the model achieve its speedy stats, the car was engineered with a 50/50 weight distribution. The lightweight, aerodynamic build helps it achieve a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. Imagine moving just seven pounds per horsepower. Rear-wheel drive architecture helps perfect the car’s cornering. Alfa Romeo created its halo sedan as an embodiment of “La Meccanica Delle Emozioni” spirit. This translates into the mechanics of emotion.

Carbon fiber materials keep the weight down, and aerodynamic features reduce wind resistance. High-performance front and rear fascias complement with an active front splitter and rear deck-lid spoiler.

Torque vectoring evens out individual-tire wheelspin through moving torque rather than reducing the throttle. With torque vectoring, this swift ride maintains speed and still achieves stability and traction. The Alfa DNA Pro system lets you choose Race mode for the track. A Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension takes the bounce out of the fastest runs.

For safer stops at greater speeds, it has Brembo six-piston front brakes and Brembo four-piston rear brake calipers. High-performance bi-xenon headlamps have washers to guarantee good light. Remarkable auto-leveling technology helps make more of the path visibility to drivers. Likewise, it maintains light on the car’s trajectory with its adaptive cornering capability. A blind spot monitor keeps an eye on side traffic. For reverse maneuvers, there’s a rear cross path detection system.

The Guilia lineup occupies a slot on the 10Best Cars List of 2018, chosen by Car and Driver. The Super Sedan Automotive Excellence Award came from Popular Mechanics, and it earned a spot on the 10 Best Interiors List at Ward’s Auto. The family Guilia even won the 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.

Two-tone interiors and luxurious amenities would make the case for the Guilia Quadrifoglio even it weren't sexy, fun and fast. For the most stylish among us, the sedan wears ultra-premium leather accented by soft Alcantara. Authentic carbon fiber and real aluminum provide accents. Special stitching adds more color to the mix. Driving enthusiasts will love getting their hands on the Formula 1-inspired steering wheel. Analog white-on-black gauges flashback to the brand's racing history.

Tech lovers will appreciate the 8.8-inch widescreen display. Drivers can use the ergonomic Alfa Rotary Pad with gesture recognition to ask for music and information. All-new 3-D navigation responds to fingertip gestures. Setting the pace, the full-color seven-inch thin-film transistor cluster reminds you that this car is thoroughly modern and keeps you up-to-date on performance stats.

For a closer look at the award-winning Giulia Quadrifoglio, visit Alfa Romeo of Scottsdale.

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