Poll: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or BMW M3?
This is a tough choice, because the Italian in the tossup offers a lusty, Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out a borderline-ridiculous 505 horsepower. As for torque, it measures 443 lb-ft with the engine maxing out at a heady 7,400 RPM. Beyond this, the Giulia is absolutely stunning, its body almost a piece of art.
Twist is sent to the rear wheels exclusively through an eight-speed automatic transmission; a manual is not offered, which sucks. Still, this strategy is probably best for all-out performance and this flavor of Giulia can reach 60 miles an hour in as little as 3.8 seconds.
The Alfa’s transmission weakness is one of the M3’s strengths; it can be had with either a seven-ratio dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. Choice, it’s a beautiful thing.
In typical BMW fashion, an inline-six motivates the M3, providing 425 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque, figures that are plenty impressive even if they fall short of what’s available in the Quadrifoglio.
That firepower is enough to propel this Bimmer to mile-a-minute velocity in as little as 3.9 seconds when equipped with the self-shifting transmission; the manual takes two extra tenths to do the same.
When it comes to pricing, the M3 has an edge, starting at around $65,000. To get a Giulia of the Quadrifoglio variety plan on spending about 74 large.
So, which of these luxury supersedans would YOU rather own? Compare them head-to-head right here and make sure to vote in our latest poll!
Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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