Fifth Gear Goes Drifting With The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV And Mercedes-AMG C63

After an extended hiatus, Fifth Gear is back. What better way to return than an epic battle?

For this one, familiar faces Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pitted a Mercedes-AMG C63 against an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to see which of the super sedans can perform the best drift.

Vehicles from AMG have a long and proud history of being particularly ‘playful’ when you give them some stick. The latest-generation C63 is no different. Those who’ve driven the car will know that it starts to spin the rear tires as soon as you graze the accelerator with your right foot. As Needell discovered, this makes the German bruiser capable of some very impressive drifts with minimal effort on his part.

As for the Giulia Quadrifoglio, it is a slightly more precise handling tool than the Mercedes. The Italian is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 delivering 503 hp at 6500 rpm and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque between 2500 and 5000 rpm. Those figures are a match for the range-topping C63 S.

One key advantage the Giulia has over the Mercedes is weight. Various tests have shown the Quadrifoglio to be at least 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than the C63.

However, will this lower overall weight hurt the Alfa’s ability to get sideways and maintain a tire-roasting slide? You’ll have to watch the video after the jump to find out.


  • GobbleUp

    Love these presenters.
    The alpha, not so much.

    • LeStori

      Might actually mean something if you could actually spell Alfa correctly. The Alfa is great. The presenters not so much.

      • GobbleUp


      • GobbleUp


    • Johnno

      Whats not to like;
      Safest car ever tested by EURO NCAP
      Fastest 4 door production sedan ever around the ‘nuberg ring,
      First in class technology (Active aero),
      Lightest car in its class,
      Best steering in class,
      Gorgeous design,
      Most reliable car in class,
      Patented braking system,
      Fantastic exhaust note,
      Extensive use of carbon fibre
      Best in class cornering,
      Ferrari fingerprints all over drivetrain and chassis

      I could keep going on and on.

      • LeStori

        Yeah but those Carbon fibre bits are going to rust….

        • Johnno

          LOL – that comes standard.


      • GobbleUp

        Reliability, reviews showing limp mode time and again….looks.

        • Johnno

          I know where you are coming from. May I suggest you look at the British car magazine called “What car” and their annual survey of 14000 people whom own cars 0 to 3 years of age. For 2 years now, they have asked owners of new cars to describe the reliability of their cars among many other things. The results will surprise you. The Guilia was the 3rd most reliable car in its class (WAY AHEAD of the germans) and Alfa overall was in the top 5 brands. Encourage to see despite the well documented early problems when the car launched (now solved with software upgrades).

  • designer_dick

    I tried to watch the first episode of the new series, and despite the Quadrifoglio vs C63 shootout, I found myself falling asleep. I guess that’s why Channel 5, Discovery, History and ITV4 have been happy for the show to slip through their fingers.

    • LeStori

      A show that seems to think that drifiting and giggling incessantly is what makes a car show interesting

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