After months of anticipation we finally got a chance to test Alfa Romeo Giulia QV vs BMW M3. As we all know M3 has established the dominance in this area in the past, but did Alfa managed to take them off the throne? In this article we are going to get the bottom of this newly established rivalry and we got to say at the very beginning that it’s not looking very good for BMW. Now this statement might come as surprise to some enthusiasts of this Bavarian company, but that’s just the way it is.
It seems like Bavarians got a bit relaxed in last couple of years, and even though they managed to outdo Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac, etc in this segment, they are shaken up by this new Italian. So, let’s get to it. Even though when we put Alfa Romeo Giulia QV vs BMW M3, many thought that BMW is going to dominate, that’s not what happened. Main problem of new M3 is the fact that it is simply untamable.
Basically it has too much power that’s poorly transferred to the road. It is fun, don’t get us wrong, but this kind of setup affects overall performance in negative way, as well as driving dynamics.
Design wise it looks good on the outside as well as inside but we can’t help the feeling of stale German design that’s shared on several models. It is a decent M car, however, we value the M2 more mainly because it is more fun to drive.
On the other side we got new rear wheel drive Alfa, engineered by some of the best engineers from this groupation. Before we go any further, you got to understand that this is the car that is going to make or break this Italian brand, and that is felt in every detail of this car. 505 HP engine, even though it is chopped up Ferrari California engine, is piece of art. It is a twin turbo V6 that sounds and performs like V8, giving this car a special feel and that Italian feistiness. Chassis is one of the best on the market, and thanks to it, this car handles like a dream.
It is just a great package which has it all. It will get your blood boiling on one side, while on the other it will provide all the necessary practicalities of a normal car. Design wise it looks appealing, maybe not as much as previous Alfas, but it still has that Italian style mangled with a bit of aggressiveness.
Well, we’re going to say it straight away, in the match of Alfa Romeo Giulia QV vs BMW M3, Alfa is a clear winner. The reason is pretty obvious. While BMW M3 is a decent performance car, it is all it is. It is not balanced very well, and even though it is close to Alfa on the track, it could be much better. Alfa on the other side is balanced to perfection. It is unseen on the car in this segment, but that is the reason this car is favored by true petrol heads around the world. It is pretty much affordable 4 door Ferrari that managed to totally dominate BMW M3 in our test.