By Paul Strauss

Shmee Kicks Around the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifogliozoom in

While I’ve had the opportunity to see the new

While I’ve had the opportunity to see the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in person, I think only a handful of people have had the chance to drive one yet. One such lucky bastard is Tim “Shmee150” Burton, who recently attended the European press launch for Alfa’s new rear-wheel drive sports sedan.

This Ferrari-influenced Alfa gets a 2.9-liter transverse-mounted twin-turbo V6 that cranks out a stellar 510 horses, and is capable of going 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Left-hand drivers will get the choice of a 6-speed manual or a paddle-shifted 8-speed ZF automatic, while right-handers get just the auto, which is kind of surprising given the popularity of manuals in Europe. The manual also seems to have stolen a couple of features from the Corvette Stingray, with no-lift shifts and rev-matching blips on downshifts.

Check out the video for an in-depth look at the Giulia in action. You can skip to 3:52 if you want to dive straight into a hot lap on the track. Even on a soaking wet track, it looks like a blast, and it sure sounds great with that deep roar of an exhaust note. There’s scads of power, aggressive shifting, a stiff chassis, near perfect weight balance, and very direct steering, all things that make me very happy.

Seriously, I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of one of these.

Source:: 95 Octane