Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio is giving Italian Carabinieri their pride back, as the first two examples of the high-po machine developed for special police duty were presented today in the presence of FCA boss Sergio Marchionne and chairman (as well as grandson and heir of Giovanni Agnelli,) John Elkann.
With their arrival, they become the fastest and most powerful rides in the Italian police force, after the somewhat surprising move (for a country with so many sport brands) to employ two specially-prepped Lotus Evora S models back in late 2011.
And just like the British sports car, the Alfas will join the Arma dei Carabinieri in Rome and Milan to primarily provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services. Only a select few Carabinieri will have the opportunity to drive these cars and only after having completed a special driving course taught by Alfa Romeo instructors.
The Alfas keep the same stock setup as the regular production Giulia QV, which doesn’t come to as a surprise since it’s powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 510PS (503hp) for a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of just 3.9 seconds, but they do gain specific equipment for police use ranging from the roof-mounted LED strobes to the cameras and tablets inside.
FCA has an agreement with Italian police authorities to deliver around 800 cars over the course of 2016, including a number of Alfa Romeo Giuliettas, Jeep Renegades and Fiat Panda 4x4s.