Want a Four-Door Ferrari For Under $50,000?
The market is full of top-notch super sedans from marques like BMW and Audi. However, there’s a current four-door sports sedan with Ferrari DNA and performance to match. Check out the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a turbocharged four-door Ferrari (kind of) that potential owners can snag for less than $50,000.
Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a four-door Ferrari?
OK, so the Alfa Romeo isn’t a literal four-door Ferrari, but there are some similarities. First, the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s Ferrari-derived 2.9L turbocharged V6 engine features the same V-angle, bore, and stroke as the Ferrari California’s V8, sans two cylinders. Moreover, the storied road and race track relationship between the two colorful marques are evident in Alfa Romeo’s cars like the 4C and the Quadrifoglio.
In the lyrical and figurative sense, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is nothing less than a four-door Ferrari. It’s powerful, fast, and a welcome stylistic departure from sober German and Japanese sports sedans. Of course, Ferrari has produced a four-door car before; check out the exclusive Ferrari Pinin prototype. Still, the Pinin is harder to look at than the Giulia sports sedan.
How fast is the Giulia Quadrifoglio?
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, as you might expect from a direct rival to BMW M cars, is very fast. In Car and Driver testing, a 2021 model managed a 0 to 60 sprint in just 3.6 seconds. That’s about as fast as a pricier 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio also ran a quarter mile in 11.9 seconds, about the same as the 2023 Audi RS 5’s estimates.
While the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is swift, the four-door Ferrari is no faster than a 2023 BMW M3. The 503-horsepower M3 Competition can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the Giulia. The Quadrifoglio also won’t out-maneuver the M3; the Giulia managed a 0.96 g metric on the skidpad, while the BMW M3 returned a mighty 1.03 g. However, the Giulia is without question the better-looking of the two; the M3’s fascia is nothing short of a styling disservice.
How much is a Quadrifoglio?
Unlike the more affordable trims, the 2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is an expensive sports sedan. The range-topping Quadrifoglio starts at around $81,355, or about $3,660 more than a comparable BMW M3 Competition. However, Kelley Blue Book says you can find a 2018 Giulia Quadrifoglio for around $45,139.
Of course, the Estrema trim is new to the Giulia lineup for 2023; it’s a carbon-fiber-endowed offering between the lower-trim Veloce and the Quadrifoglio. The Estrema starts at $57,015, but it packs the less potent 280-horsepower turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.
Should you consider Alfa Romeo’s four-door Ferrari?
If you’re tired of unfortunate-looking BMW M3s and the comparably sober Audi RS 5, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is a solid option. While it might not be a literal four-door Ferrari, it’s Ferrari-esque with its style, substance, and speed. However, the M3 is the last word in sports sedans if you want raw speed and pedigree. Also, the 2023 Audi RS 3 is cheaper, faster, and packs four doors, if also smaller.
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