The pricing and specification of Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio invites comparison with all the other titans in the compact-saloon class. Thanks to its 510hp engine and 0-100kph time of 3.9s, the model is inevitably bracketed with BMW’s M3 Saloon, Audi’s RS4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63. But it shouldn’t be, because where other brands inspire admiration, Alfa Romeo inspires love.
And after being absent from the performance-saloon market for too long, the sight of this new Cloverleaf will have Alfa’s army of adoring fans jumping up and clapping their hands like teenagers at a One Direction gig.
More restrained Giulias will follow, but Alfa has decided to launch its flagship first. Beneath the long bonnet lies a Ferrari-fettled, turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine, and the elegance usually seen in Alfa saloons has been replaced by a pronounced rake and more muscularity.
Despite all that, though, the Giulia is still pretty in ways that its German rivals are not, as Alfa looks to inspire its existing devotees while also moving the brand forward.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Bentley takes luxury style off-roading
Given the proliferation of high-end SUVs, it was perhaps inevitable that genuine luxury carmakers would eventually jump on the bandwagon. So, for those who don’t find the new flagship Range Rover opulent enough, there’s the Bentley Bentayga – a Bentley and an SUV.
The Bentayga has a 6-litre W12 twin-turbo engine capable of producing 600hp, and its interior was hand-built by the craftspeople of the Bentley workshop, offering a level of luxury and detail that only generations of training can provide.
And, as usual, the customer can have pretty much any pallet of colours, type of leather and grain of wood he or she desires. So, if you have very deep pockets and a yearning to go off-roading without having to rough it, there’s a Bentley Bentayga for you.
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