Believe it or not, it truly is. My latest short drive in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Q2, merely confirmed that it is a mesmerizingly good car – and as my friend Michael Taylor wrote from Cernobbio, Italy, it IS THE BEST car Alfa Romeo has ever made – consistent with prevailing values and expectations.
Probably when the Alfa Romeo GT Sprint was launched back in 1963, the ‘Alfisti’ and enthusiasts thought the very same thing about that car.
However, after a USD$5 billion investment in creating and developing new Alfa Romeos, by FCA Chairman the late Sergio Marchione, his dreams have become reality.
Yesterday’s drive was just a 75km run on main roads from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, but it definitely confirmed that (even regardless of a big lottery win, where I could afford any car), my choice would be the mid-range Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Q2, with the turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder.
I simply don’t need the enormous power and performance of a Quadrifoglio.
The Giulia Q2, is chuckable, comfortable, quiet, performs well and its handling dynamics are exceptional – especially after the recent ‘tweaking’ by the ride and handling engineers.
Reading the data sheet, you could assume the changes are so minor as to be almost unnoticeable, but my drive confirmed the engineers conquered their challenges and have produced an even better car.Interior changes reveal a much improved infotainment system, and big upgrade in trim materials and finishes.
I guess the car in these photos would cost about AUD$75,000 (including on-road costs) and that makes for a supremely sensible choice of a four-door, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan of almost unmatchable comparisons – without dipping into a lottery win.
If this is the sort of car you imagine suits your purposes, for goodness’ sake go and test drive the Giulia Q2. You’ll be smiling all the way from the dealer to your garage.