Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Unleashes Its Italian DNA Against A BMW i8

Some say that the BMW i8 is the future of motoring, and have even favored it over an M3, but can it really stack up against the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde?

Before answering this question, we have to consider a number of facts, the most important being the German sports car’s age, as it’s getting ready to blow four candles this year.

Secondly, the i8 uses a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine, rated at 228 horses and 236 pound-feet (320 Nm) of torque, but it’s backed up by an electric motor providing an extra 129 HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

The combined system output is 357 HP and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque, which allows it to sprint from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds, and up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

On the other hand, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, said to have been cooked up with Ferrari’s expertise, rated at 505 HP and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Going from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 3.9 seconds, but give it enough space and it will eventually reach 190 mph (305 km/h), always according to the manufacture. 

So, ready to see how the two potent machines stand against each other in a half-mile drag race? Just hit play below.


  • Six_Tymes

    that drag was interesting

  • gary4205

    That was more like a flying mile than a drag race.

    Car and Driver clocked the car in the eleven second bracket. That’s quick enough to require to require a roll cage at any legit NHRA sanctioned track.

    No way that rich boy’s electronic toy was going to beat the real car!

  • Blade t

    Giulia sounds pretty wild ….

  • kachuks

    Never heard the QV at idle. Sounds like a tractor. Everything afterwards is pure sex, though.

    • gadgety

      The diesel like tractor idle @2:22: it runs on three cylinders when not under load.

  • Dennis James

    What a sound ! Giulia QV was a necessary car, BMW has gotten way too lazy lately. I’m not saying that the i8 was the correct competitor from BMW, but even the M3 has a lot of shortcomings: too little traction, artificial interior engine sound, way too little power for the money, even the front suspension layout is too outdated for this age.

  • toby2449

    Alfa may have stumbled a lot over recent years, the heavy 159/Brera/Spider trio, the MiTo & Giulietta that really aren’t as good as they should be, but holy cow they’ve bounced back with an almighty bang! Giulia is just sensational!!!! I so want one! Welcome back Alfa Romeo. Some will never understand you, but to others you define driving pleasure.

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