In essence it’s 1-0 to Alfa Romeo over the EV new boys from Tesla and Jaguar. In this world where everything car wise is turning electric just for now, for petrol heads it seems the combustion engine is still winning.
Tesla’s latest new kid on the electric block is the Model 3 and this new EV has recently been put to the test by auto publication Motor Trend, which held comparative tests pitting the electric saloon against the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, as well as another all-electric car, the Jaguar I-PACE EV400. The tests, which involved track testing all three vehicles by veteran race driver Randy Franklin Pobst, allowed the publication to analyze how the Model 3 Performance stacks up against a fellow track-capable EV and the best sports saloon available today.
MT brought the unlikely trio to the technical asphalt of the Streets of Willow Springs course: a 1.6-mile track at the Willow Springs racing complex that comes complete with a skid pad.
To be fair, it is easy to determine that among the three, the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 was at a disadvantage, particularly due to its 4,946-pound mass and its substantial ride height. The I-PACE’s electric motors, which produce a combined 394 horsepower, are also 22% less than the Giulia Quadrifoglio
The difference between the track capabilities of the Model 3 Performance and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a bit more difficult to call. With Track Mode enabled, the Model 3 Performance set a new record for production electric cars on the racecourse, completing the run at 1:23.90. That’s 0.07 seconds faster than one of Ford’s best track vehicles, the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2. That said, Pobst, who was driving the Model 3 Performance, noted that the vehicle was easy to understeer, and that “there’s something weird happening when I lift off the brake.”
So what of the Alfa? The Giulia Quadrifoglio has been hailed as the best sports saloon on the market, beating supercars at the Nürburgring amongst its feats.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio completed the lap in 1:22.78, 1.12 seconds faster than the Model 3 Performance. Pobst noted that the turbocharged V6-powered vehicle “does exactly what you expect. No surprises. Always predictable.”Boom! Alfa Romeo wins!
So it’s a win for the combustion engine over 21st century electric technology. Only the reality is it’s not quite as straight forward as that, as we push forward with cleaner means of travel and saying bye to fossil fuels, the next Giulia is likely to be an electri affair but for now petrol heads can rejoice that with a V6 under the bonnet its a pretty good victory over the next generation.