Driving through Switzerland in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
From the beautiful Lake Geneva to the amazing Swiss Alps
When Alfa Romeo Switzerland offered me the opportunity to drive the Giulia Quadrifoglio, I just could not say no. Since I can't really go abroad for obvious reasons, I decided to do some local tourism and explore this country I live in, Switzerland. From scenic roads next to the Lake Geneva to the tight mountain ones, I did a little bit of everything with the Italian super sedan and was amazed by its versatility. So, let me take you on a tour of some of the most iconic and beautiful places in Switzerland.
Our trip started in Lavaux (pronounced La-Vo), a region in the French part of Switzerland which consists of over 800 hectares of vineyards. Located right next to Lake Geneva, the area offers beautiful roads with breathtaking backgrounds. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Lavaux was the perfect starting point to take some photos of the car.
And let's start talking about the car indeed! The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, or Q for short, is one of the most exciting cars to come out these last years. The Italian-built super saloon is equipped with a 2.9-litre V6 that makes a staggering 510 horsepower. Enough to take it from a standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 305 km/h (191 mph). Finished in this beautiful Competizione Red, we thought the Giulia would pop out really well in this environment.
You start walking in the Lavaux, and it's just the perfect spot for your afternoon strolls and aperitifs. Yes, one thing you can also do there is find one of the multiple self service fridges that contain bottles of wine, and drink it up with your friends while admiring the view. Good thing the Giulia is a five-seater, that way I could bring some buddies along.
I was very curious to test the Giulia's versatility. After all, it is a car that you should be able to drive everyday. Therefore, our next destination would be a typical mountain pass! Unfortunately, at this time of the year, most of the iconic ones like the Furka, Susten, or Grimsel are closed because of the snow. However, this is Switzerland and there are still plenty of mountains around us, so we set our sights on the Villars-Gryon pass. Maybe the not the most exciting or beautiful, but there is a hillclimb on this exact road every year, so it mustn't be that bad. We drove the car on the highway for about half an hour in the "eco" mode. It actually works pretty well and we averaged around 6l/100 km, which is amazing for a car with that much power. In this mode, the Q is surprisingly quiet in civilized, and shows how usable it is on a daily basis. It also gave us some time to take a closer look at the cabin. Even though the infotainment system is a tad smaller than what the competition has to offer, it still is really functional and even has Apple CarPlay, which is a really useful feature on a daily basis. Otherwise, the rest of the cabin feels really premium and every functions are where you expect them to be. Is Alfa Romeo becoming more German in that way? We soon reached the beginning of the pass and immediately switched to the dynamic mode. The Giulia suddenly came alive on these windy roads. The balance of the car is supreme, and the engine seems like it will keep on pushing indefinitely. The sensible family car, with the toggle of a switch, became a supercar.
We reached the top, a little bit sooner than expected and went to a place called Solalex. A typical Swiss valley surrounded by mountain peaks where it is possible to hike, picnic, and there is even a chalet where they serve Swiss cuisine. Again, the Alfa looked really good in this setting. We parked it and admired all the details that made this car so special. From the carbon fibre roof to the slightly offset exhaust tips, the Giulia Quadrifoglio looks the part. Even though the car has a lot of presence, the design is quite subtle. There are no preeminent bumpers and no huge spoilers. Guess you'll have to wait for the GTA for that. Additionally, even though this car is equipped with optional Akrapovic exhausts, the Giulia is not that loud unless you switch to the Race mode. Therefore, it really seems like a good sports car to not unsettle Swiss people.
Everywhere we went, the Giulia adapted perfectly. Alfa Romeo has created a car that changes its character in function of its driver. From a comfortable daily to a characterful sports car, the Giulia is an all-in-one solution. Competitively priced to undercut the AMG C63 S, the Quadrifoglio has a soul of its own unlike some of its German counterparts. This little appreciable extra just reminds us why we, as petrolheads, love Alfa Romeo so much.
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