The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio may be the world’s most anticipated performance sedan at the moment; partly because the head engineer worked on the Ferrari 458 Speciale, and partly because it’s already received high acclaim after the international launch. Then there’s the matter of the 7:39 second lap time the big Alfa set around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
At the time, it was a full 13 seconds quicker than the BMW M4 – although that time was set by a magazine and not officially by BMW. It was the world’s fastest sedan around the Nordschleife, until the Porsche Panamera Turbo beat it by 1 second.
Not to be outdone, and reminding everyone that the original lap time was set in a manual Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Italians have sent out a Giulia equipped with the 8-speed automatic transmission to once again prove the Giulia Quadrifoglio is not to be messed with.
So what does the 8-speed slushbox do on the ‘Ring, you ask? It slashed off a further 7 seconds, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio running a 7:32 second lap time around the famed Green Hell. That’s as quick as the latest Audi R8 V10 Plus, and quicker than a Pagani Zonda F and Ferrari F12berlinetta… That’s f*cking quick! It’s only 5 seconds slower than the fully track orientated BMW M4 GTS – and this has back seats!
The hot-lap set by Alfa Romeo and Maserati test driver, Fabio Francia, can be watched below. To add further sting to the wounds of the opposition, in typically Italian style, the man didn’t even don a racing suit for his lap, setting it in jeans and a t-shirt – typical Italian nonchalance at its finest.
So there you go, the fastest sedan around the Nurburgring Nordschleife is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It may be completely unregulated and a giant pissing contest with no rules, but damnit that’s still fast.