The Italian automaker has proven its worth, fulfilling the promise of becoming the fastest sedan on the Nurburgring, trumping the previous time posted by the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
It’s true, the Nurburgring Nordschleife records have a tendency to fall quickly – just a few months ago the all-new second generation Porsche Panamera Turbo posted the best time for a production series sedan at 7 minutes 38 seconds. That time is out the window now because the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has come up with a time of 7 mins 32 secs. The Giulia is actually reclaiming its title – the manual gearbox unit ticked the clock at 7 mins 39 secs, and was then trumped by the Porsche sedan. Now Alfa Romeo has returned to the track with a model packing the optional, eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, and wiped a big chunk off the manual’s time – here’s the death of the classic manual box’.
This is because the technology nowadays seriously trumps the capabilities of any human – the Race mode of the gearbox has gears changed in 150 milliseconds, orders of magnitude faster than any race driver. Alfa Romeo test driver Fabio France was at the helm, pushing hard the Quadrifoglio. The QV is powered by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine ‘inspired by’ Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 motor, packing 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet of torque (600 Newton meters).