Why do a rolling race? Well, the automatic gearbox in the Giulia QV would give it an unfair launch advantage over the GT350 with its manual box. That's the theory at least, as after watching the video, we feel sorry for the poor Alfa owner.
He must have paid $80,000 for his Italian sports sedan, thinking it was all-conquering - 505-hp, 191 mph, 60 in 3.6 seconds and a 7:31 Nurburgring lap. Admittedly, the Germans had no chance! But what about the Americans?
No, not a Cadillac, but a fast Ford with a fantastic engine. We're not saying that the ordinary Mustang GT is slow, especially after the refresh, but the 5.2-liter motor with its flat-plane crankshaft is something unique. It cuts through the silence like a hand-crafted machete through a pineapple.
The funny thing is that the four-door luxury sedan with a twin-turbo engine is lighter than the American track special at 3,534 lbs vs. 3,760 lbs. But despite similar horsepower numbers, the GT350 somehow keeps pulling ahead. Of course, none of this would be possible were it not for the gear-banging skills of the Ford driver.
Keyboard warriors will condemn the race because they Mustang isn't stock. They will tell you that the Alfa would have won otherwise. But we saw what we saw, and there's no denying America, left free from emissions regulations, is producing pure naturally aspirated sports cars.