Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Annoyingly Magnificent

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Annoyingly Magnificent

Article excerpt

Just look at it. Alfa Romeo has undergone a Lazarus-like resurrection with the Guilia.

Especially with the range-topping Quadrifoglio, which has you shouting "oh God" for all the right reasons.

Just mention the brand Alfa Romeo and it conjures romantic images of slicing through mountainous terrain and flexing their motor sport heritage with road-going cars which stir the senses. But in recent times they've been, well, crap.

Using Fiat-based offerings with underwhelming performance, Alfa Romeo is getting back on track with a renewed focus on sporting luxury. The new Stelvio SUV is also about to arrive to add fuel to the fire.

Alfa was never highly regarded for longevity and reliability...it was somewhat of a joy to reach your destination without a mechanical failure.

But there was something about the marque which generates love and admiration. The Guilia Quadrifoglio starts from about $155,000 drive-away, but it has all the original hallmarks expected of the Italian badge.

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Looking the part is vital in this genre. Trumping the German rivals with good looks courtesy of forged alloy wheels with disc brakes which rival the circumference of Bert Newton's head, red brake calipers, quad exhaust and a carbon fibre bonnet with nostril holes for sucking in the air to keep the raging beast within cool.

Things look equally classy inside, with one of the best feeling sports steering wheels you'll find, along with leather and Alcantara trimmed bucket seats that have eight-way electronic adjustment, 8.8-inch colour screen with satnav and a pumping Harman/Kardon sound system, full bluetooth connectivity and bi-xenon headlamps with automatic high-beam function.

Currently Alfa is dangling the carrot with an offer of free scheduled servicing for three years with intervals annual or every 15,000km. …

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