When Giulia was introduced in 2016, it marked Alfa Romeo’s return to form in the mass market, further bolstered by the Stelvio SUV. The hot Quadrifoglio versions of the Giulia and Stelvio were dishing out some serious high-performance Italian flair, leaving its German rivals in the dust.
Since then, Alfa has kept the Giulia and Stelvio in the status quo, while its rivals have continued to update and improve their vehicles. For the 2020 model year, Alfa has taken the liberty to spruce-up the almost half-decade old Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio to bring them up-to-par with the competition.
Visually, the Giulia and Stelvio look broadly similar to their pre-facelift Quadrifoglio versions, with aggressive front splitters, air intakes and rear diffuser. The 2020 facelift brings carbon fibre inserts on the signature Alfa “V”, mirror caps and rear spoiler. A new LED rear light cluster and glossy black badging along with a new 21-inch alloy wheel design for the Stelvio, add some welcomed freshness to the exterior.
Available with three new colours: 6C Villa d’Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, Montreal Green, Alfa have done well not to mess with their stunning design language. The Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are still just as mesmerising to look at as when they were first launched.
Inside is where we see Alfa making some distinguishable enhancements to both the Giulia and Stelvio. The centre console has been redesigned to incorporate more carbon fibre details, finished with premium materials to give a more tactile feel.
The 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been given a redesigned interface, with a new Performance page specifically for the Quadrifoglio models, showing performance data such as turbo pressure, the temperature of mechanical components and power used.
The new leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector come as standard as new perforated leather and Alcantara upholsters the Quadrifoglio models. The seats are available with optional carbon shell Sparco seats, and customers can choose between red and green seat belts over the standard black ones.
As part of their new technology upgrade, Alfa has also introduced the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, developed in conjunction with Bosch to offer level two autonomous driving.
Being the highest level of autonomy legally permitted, Alfa’s ADAS consists of a myriad of driver assistance systems, such as Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Active Cruise control. Together, these systems, with the on-board cameras keep the Giulia and Stelvio in their lanes and a safe distance from other vehicles, while incorporating Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control as part of the suite of driving aids.
To take the strain out of daily commuting, Alfa has also introduced Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist for the Giulia and Stelvio, complementing the Active Cruise Control. While these systems help keep the vehicles in check on the road, Driver Attention Assist, on the other hand, monitors the drivers’ attention and triggers an alert if drowsiness is detected. Looks like Alfa does care for its occupants both on and off the track.
Under the hood, both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio maintain the all-aluminium 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, producing the same 510hp and 600Nm of torque. Mated to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic, the pair of Quadrifoglio badged Alfa’s still has some of the best vehicle dynamics available to the masses on the road. Also, Alfa’s Active Torque Vectoring system managing the Q4 all-wheel-drive system in the Stelvio.
In RACE mode, the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio come alive with all systems set to maximum attack to provide an exhilarating driving experience. Alfa Chassis Domain Control (CDC) manages the entire vehicle dynamics, which include Alfa Active Suspension and Alfa Active Aero systems. With the gearbox set to shift within 150 milliseconds, and optional Akrapovic exhaust system available for 2020, the Giulia and Stelvio promise exceptional performance and thrilling driving experience for all Quadrifoglio models.
Now, if only there’s someone brave enough to import Alfa Romeo vehicles here…