Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Gets a Second Unofficial Facelift To Fight the BMW M3

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Eight years after production commenced at the Piedimonte San Germano factory in Lazio, Italy, the modern-day Alfa Romeo Giulia continues to wow enthusiasts. And there's a lot to love about it, from the design inside and out to the fresh underpinnings, new powertrains, and improved reliability over its predecessor, the 159.
Gunning for the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Cadillac CT5, the Stellantis-owned brand's premium compact sedan was given a mid-cycle refresh last fall. That's when it received an entirely new face, which brings it in line with the Tonale, complete with a redesigned grille and new headlamps.

There wasn't much Alfa's designers could do to the interior, but they did give it a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. It's also offered with NFT, a tech borrowed from the Tonale, which should improve residual values by keeping track of the car's service history and provenance. This feature should make it more interesting to buyers who decide to get a used copy in the future.

Roughly six months after Alfa Romeo gave the Giulia (and Stelvio) a facelift, they did the same to the range-topping flavor. The Giulia Quadrifoglio follows the same restyling recipe, albeit on a sportier scale, joined by tech updates, and the Anniversario special edition, which boasts ten horsepower (10 ps/7 kW) more than the regular model.

There is, however, a big catch here, as the extra oomph, which lifts the output to 513 hp (520 ps/382 kW), isn't available on US-spec cars, as Alfa chose to limit it to Europe, UK, and China. The power gives it a small advantage over one of its biggest rivals in the segment, the BMW M3, which sports 473 hp (480 ps/353 kW) in the regular flavor and 503 hp (510 ps/375 kW) in the Competition guise. The former does the 0 to 60 mph (0-97 kph) in 4.1 seconds, and the latter three-tenths faster. Order the M3 Competition with the xDrive all-wheel drive system, and that time will drop to 3.4 seconds.

We can all probably agree that the Giulia Quadrifoglio is a good-looking product. But do you know what would have made it even prettier? Slimmer lighting units at both ends and a few other design tweaks in a similar vein to these renderings signed by Kelsonik. The digital artist gave the car slender headlamps, a slightly smaller grille, and a more aggressive bumper with a large central air intake and bigger air curtains. At the rear, it has slimmer taillights that were linked together in the middle of the trunk lid by a light strip. The bumper, diffuser, and quad tailpipes soldier on, and so do the wheels, exterior color, four-leaf clover badges, and everything else. The CGI updates for a very sexy sedan, don't they?

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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