Alfa Romeo unveil 2016 Giulia Quadrifoglio M3-Fighter

25 June, 2015

Alfa Romeo have revealed their latest entry to the four-door super-saloon battle — the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Expected to face off against the likes of the BMW M3 and Jaguar’s new XE, the Italian machine boasts an impressive Ferrari-tuned all-aluminium 510hp six-cylinder engine capable of projecting it from 0–100kph in a brisk 3.9 seconds.

Offered in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Guilia Quadrifoglio has the versatility to impress any driver, regardless of their skill set, behind the stitched-leather steering wheel. Torque vectoring, 50/50 weight distribution, lashings of weight-saving materials, and what Alfa Romeo themselves term as ‘the most direct steering on the market’, are characteristics that set it up to be a very competitive entry to the performance sedan market. 

The Quadrifoglio nameplate and ‘cloverleaf’ badge on the front fenders are a nod to Alfa Romeo’s extensive motorsport history — both better known for their association with the brand’s involvement in events like Targa Florio and championships like Formula 1. Recent times have seen Alfa Romeo revive the cloverleaf as a symbol for some of their range-topping cars.

While only images and video of the Quadrifoglio have been released, further information about the other models in the Giulia line-up should not be far away. 

If the images aren’t enough, check out Alfa Romeo’s release video below and listen to the exceptional noise the Giulia’s ‘Ferrari-inspired’ engine makes. What do you think; can this be a match for the best from Stuttgart and England? 

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.