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2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

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August 12, 2020 at 12:44 PM

An Italian thoroughbred with an intoxicating exhaust note might be common but this one comes with seating for 5 and a practical boot. Yes, the new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is expected to launch by the end of this year. Record-breaking performance numbers, impeccable interior design, and sporty exterior are expected from the new 2021 Giulia sedan. The Italian automaker has focused its energy on building an ultimate speed machine with an engine developed by Ferrari. The new Giulia is the fastest sedan in the Alfa Romeo lineup. The year 2021 will mark Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary with two limited-edition high-performance models called GTA. Let’s see what’s more is happening with the Guilia Quadrifolio.

The super-saloon segment has been dominated by the Germans for decades on end as there was no real contender to challenge their reign but that was till Alfa decided to revive the Guilia badge in 2017. Since then the car has gained somewhat of a cult following. In 2020, Alfa Romeo brought an updated interior with the latest safety features and new standard features. Though the new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio stands out in every aspect, it still faces strong competition out there from the German performance sedans like the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63, BMW M3, and Audi RS5. We knew some details and made several educated guesses for the new Giulia. Performance-wise, the car would be top-notch breaking its own records. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio gets minor tweaks and updates

Offered with a powerful twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 and a calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission, the rear-wheel driven Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver’s joy ride. The Italian-manufactured engine derived from Ferrari produces an enormous 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, overshadowing most rivals. Moreover, few interior tweaks are expected with genteel material selection and the latest infotainment range. With all the added amenities and refined power, the price tag is expected to be slightly higher than the previous model.

What’s New?

  • Two new limited-run performance trims of the Giulia Quadrifoglio- the GTA and the GTAm
  • Celebrates 110th anniversary 

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

The 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio is expected to be offered in three trim levels with an expected base price of $74,600. The price for the 2021 model will be marginally higher than the outgoing model. Also, the prices for the 110th-anniversary edition models- limited production Quadrifoglio GTA and GTAm, are yet to be announced. We can find the 2021 Guilia Quadrifolio hitting the dealerships by the fall of 2020.

Will there be an engine upgrade for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

Known for its mind-boggling performance, you must be keen to know what the latest 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia houses under the hood? Well, it's safe to say that the new Guilia won't disappoint as it continues to house the familiar power-packed motor developed by sister brand Ferrari, the sedan comes with a 2.9 Liter turbocharged V6 engine that's good for about 505 hp and 443 lb-ft. and in typical Alfa fashion, an exhaust note to die for. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will be powered by a 2.6 Twin-Turbo V6

Expected to be mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission system and rear-wheel-drive configuration. The newly developed torque vectoring differential setup smartly distributes power, improving overall traction. Quick shifts and engine grunt which are music to the years make the new 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio a fun-to-drive sports sedan.

Models

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

2020 Audi RS5

2020 Lexus GS F

Base MSRP

$74,600

$75,700

$75,195

$85,010

Engine

2.9 L Twin-turbocharged V6

4.0 Liter Bi-turbocharged V8

2.9 L Twin-turbocharged V6

5L V8

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power

505 hp @ 6500 rpm

503 hp @ 5500 rpm

444 hp @ 5700 rpm

467 hp @ 7100 rpm

Torque

443 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

389 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH

3.8 secs

3.8 secs

3.7 secs

4.5 secs

Quarter-Mile

12.1 secs

12.0  secs

12.3 secs

12.9 secs

*2020 data used for reference

As we can clearly interpret from the above table, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the most powerful of the lot, with its punch twin-turbo V6 putting out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Competitors like the AMG C 63 S and Lexus GS F also deliver staggering numbers but the Lexus isn't able to match the raw and punchy power delivery, its turbocharged rivals have on offer. 

What’s the expected MPG for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

Generally, high-performance sedans are not the first choice for those looking for a frugal means of transport. The main focus for the Italian-bred-four-door sedan is to be at the top of the game when it comes to high speed, high revving, and enthralling acceleration. With the 2.9 Liter V6 engine and an efficient drivetrain, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia manages to pull off 20 MPG combined figure. There is no surprise for the Giulia when compared with rivals with similar numbers.

Models

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

2020 Audi RS5

2020 Lexus GS F

MPG (city)

17*

18

17

16

MPG (highway)

24*

27

26

24

MPG (combined)

20*

21

20

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.3*

17.4

15.2

17.4

Range (city/highway) (miles)

260/383*

313/470

260/397

278/418

*2020 figures used for reference

The new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is expected to deliver similar economy numbers. When interpreting, we can conclude that the range of the Giulia takes a hit due to the lower tank capacity. The best fuel economy in this lot is achieved by the Mercedes AMG C 63 S with the best economy and large fuel tank.

What are the expected interior updates for the 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio?

The 2021 line-up of the Giulia is expected to go through revamped interior design and premium material selection. The cabin offers ample space with sufficient legroom, shoulder room, and headroom. Though, the rear seats are somewhat comical due to their absolute lack of practicality. Though it's not the best place to seat even average-sized adults but it sure can be used to stash up some extra luggage.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio uses high-quality materials through the interior

The best of Italian engineering will be showcased in the upcoming line-up with impeccable attention to detail, plush seating, extended supports, and multiple small-item storage spaces for easy accessibility. A fine blend of carbon fiber, leatherette, and premium materials are used to craft the cabin of the new Giulia. With the driver eccentric dashboard, aggressive carbon fiber steering wheel, mounted-controls, and Automatic Climate control feature makes every ride in the Giulia memorable.

Models

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

2020 Audi RS5

2020 Lexus GS F

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.6/56.1/42.4

37.1/55.3/41.7

39.4/55.7/41.3

38.0/57.2/40.6

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.1/55.5/35.2

37/54.5/35.1

37.8/55.7/32.8

Trunk Capacity (cu.ft.)

13

12.6

21.8

14

*2020 data used for reference

The above table depicts the spacious cabin of the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Practically, the segment lacks ample rear passenger space. In terms of cargo capacity, the Audi RS5 excels the charts by offering 21.8 cubic feet of storage which is almost about one-third of what other competitors offer in the segment. 

With the seats back, you get ample space in the front which is better than cramped up space for both the front and rear occupants. Similar cabin dimension is offered by rivals including AMG C 63 S and Audi RS5

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: Infotainment System and Connectivity

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to get some minor upgrades in the infotainment department. With a lot of complaints in this section, the automaker has taken into account to get some new tech amenities inside. As per segment standards, the previous model gets a slow and unresponsive unit which is all set to be replaced by a new larger touchscreen display with better processing power and improver User Interface.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will get an updated 8.8-inch infotainment

Highlighted features include a larger 8.8-inch touch screen display with a range of applications to explore, a premium 15-speaker audio system by Harman Kardon which takes the music lovers to a whole new era, SiriusXM HD Radio, Voice-Activated stereo control, Smartphone Integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless, and many more.

Will there be any changes made to the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio exterior?

The latest model of the Giulia is expected to have a sleeker body structure with more emphasis on high-speed stability and cornering agility. Sculpted body structure with a low height brings out the sporty vibe of the sedan. Striking front grille triangular Scudetto with the boomerang-shaped LED headlights levels up the modern appeal of the car. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will receive minor cosmetic changes

Also, the rear spoiler and massive alloys give the new Giulia a stunner look. Definitely a head-turner, the new Giulia shows off its beastly vibes and takes the car to a whole new plane altogether. Some of the notable exterior design elements would include daytime running lights, carbon fiber lip spoiler, Speed sensitive rain detecting wipers, Carbon fiber active aero front splitter, bodyside moldings, and rocker panel extensions crafted out of Carbon fiber.

Models

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

2020 Audi RS5

2020 Lexus GS F

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3806*

3829

4057

4034

Length (in.)

182.5*

187.2

188.3

193.5

Width (in.)

73.7*

72.4

79.9

72.6

Height (in.)

56.1*

56.1

54.6

56.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

NA

5

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

111*

111.8

111.2

112.2

*2020 data used for reference

The lightest of the bunch is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Low height means a lower center of mass which leads to better dynamic stability. Close competitors like the Audi RS5 and Lexus GS F are on the heavier side. The exterior feature of the Giulia is more compelling than rivals with carbon fiber accents and LED headlights.

Will the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio be worth my money and time?

With an expected launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in the latter half of the year, the wait is going to be worth it if you are looking for an upgraded Giulia. With refined performance, better material selection, and updated exterior design, the 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio is ready to stun the world with its sporty curves and beastly performance. The new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is expected to get advanced safety features and smart driver aids.

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