Ever since Alfa Romeo launched it’s 2.9 litre V6 range topping Giulia Quadrifoglio – or QV for short – the 4 door Italian saloon has found itself taking on challenger after challenger, none more so than it’s most obvious rival, the BMW M3.
Both the German and Italian pack the kind of figures on paper that would win you most rounds in a game of Supercar Top Trumps; the Giulia QV has a 2.9-litre V6 engine under the bonnet, developed by Ferrari. It develops an awesome 505 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque and is connected to an 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF. Like it’s rival, the M3, the Giulia QV is rear-wheel drive, hitting the 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.9 seconds.
By comparison, the BMW isn’t shy on the numbers front either, in Competition Package the German comes with 444 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque, slightly down on the Alfa Romeo. Where the Giulia uses an 8-speed ZF ‘box, the M3 has a 7-speed DCT gearbox but like the Italian it’s also rear-wheel drive, enabling the M3 to do the 0-62 mph from standstill in 4 seconds.
So let battle commence…