Recently I was out in a new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a stunning car and definitely my car of choice in the 4 door super saloon sector. Without doubt better than anything from it’s German rivals, be it BMW, Mercedes or Audi. The Giulia is a brilliant car, and the Quadrifoglio has the kind of spirit and soul normally only found in Supercars, the fact is has that 2.9litre V6 engine developed by Ferrari certainly helps!
Anyway this particular Giulia was in Grey, not a bright red, or even the more subtle Competitione Red seen around but Grey. My first impression was that the car was wasted in such a colour. A good looking car, with all that power and ability deserved to be wrapped up in a nicer colour than Grey, I mean unless your an accountant or similar why would you pick Grey? (Although an accountant friend of mine actually has a Bronze car?!)
Whilst driving round in the Alfa however I started to notice something, unless I happen to bring the revs up to accelerate – or just to enjoy the orchestra play under the bonnet from that sweet V6 – very few people took any notice of what I was driving. The thought occurred that when I first road tested the Quadrifoglio, a press car which had been in Red, that car had got a lot of admiring glances, despite not driving it any differently.
So maybe this Grey thing isn’t a bad thing after all. You see, having a performance car is a cool thing but I’m not one for shouting about it personally. A Supercar is a different breed, a Supercar should be seen and heard, so Ferrari Red or Lamborghini Green should be a given but neither would I use a Supercar for everyday use, to me it then becomes less Super and more just Car. But if I wanted a performance car for everyday use, that I could park in town, call in at the local Supermarket and so on, I wouldn’t necessarily want to be telling everyone about it. So yes I’m getting this Grey thing…