Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Bmw M3 Competition

No one interprets the sporting tradition better than them. Both with six-cylinder engines (V and in-line), 510 HP, rear-wheel drive. A technical and mechanical prodigy that leads the centennial history of the heat engine to a spectacular sunset

Tommaso Marcoli

– Cervesina (pv)

In its centenary, the history of the automobile is made up of brands that have been able to establish themselves for the quality of their products and for the success in sports competitions. Conditions that have allowed an important return of image, exploited in a more or less skilful way. Looking at tradition from this perspective, Alfa Romeo and BMW share much of their past (but less of the present). Two realities that have given shape to the Italian and German passion and skills on four wheels and which today are expressed at their maximum technical and mechanical development on Giulia Quadrifoglio and M3 Competition. Sedans of medium size, sporty and versatile that have been able to garner support and appreciation (almost) unanimously. Projects that when compared show a common identity: that of keepers of cylinder and piston performance. After them, electrification will be an irreplaceable component, before the complete transition to completely silent mobility. Alfa and BMW therefore wanted to conclude a journey that began a century ago, offering two cars full of personality and capable of transmitting emotions. The prices of the Bmw M3 Competition start from 103,950 euros; Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is available from 99 thousand euros.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia takes the best from various excellences, synthesizes them and reproduces that identity that now seemed irremediably compromised. The protagonist of the project is the “Giorgio” platform, which has become famous in the world because it is considered in a very short time a reference for sensations and driving pleasure. This refinement has allowed the application of the sumptuous 2.9-liter V6 engine (Ferrari concession) with 510 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque that collaborates with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox (therefore German), expertly tuned to offer maximum freedom of expression, both to the car and to the driver. The glance is pleasant: the car develops on decidedly simple and unsophisticated lines. Graceful to the eye it has a good aesthetic personality but time is now starting to be felt. Especially inside, where the organization of the passenger compartment responds to the logic of 5/6 years ago, failing to offer truly up-to-the-minute digital and entertainment content. Certainly it is a vehicle developed with the specific intent of returning strong analog and driving emotions that satisfies the motorist who chooses it. A restyling is expected by the end of 2022, which should integrate new digital and connectivity content.

BMW M3 Competition

M3 is the abbreviation of BMW’s most successful sports model, an icon of versatile sportiness for 35 years. The new project maintains the 3.0-liter straight-six which in the Competition set-up delivers 510 hp and 650 Nm of torque: the most powerful ever. The gearbox is an eight-speed automatic, again a double-clutch ZF. The appearance here has been completely changed. Or rather: it reworks a stylistic proposal that in the past has already defined the 3 Series (as on the E21 and E30 Series). Except that the dimensions of the vehicle and the proportions of the details have definitely changed. The reference is to the evident front grille, arranged vertically. It is a highly distinctive and personal element, a signature to the style of M3. The overall image perhaps comes out a bit heavy but in line with the tone and presence of the vehicle: sporty and aggressive. The tracks have been widened, the trim lowered and the rear embellished with a small spoiler. Compared to the Giulia, the M3 is a car of the latest generation. The passenger compartment is finished with great care and a wealth of details; the on-board entertainment system is rich in content, has clear graphics, intuitive logic and numerous connectivity services. You can optionally equip the car with a package of sports seats with a carbon fiber shell – they are a masterpiece.

how they go on the track

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Bmw M3 Competition are two sports cars. The traction is rear and the number of horses available is considerable. There is no form of electrification for both. Old school. To be able to take full advantage of them, however, it is necessary to get on the track. By setting the Alfa Romeo DNA in Race, the suspensions stiffen and the electronic systems are completely deactivated. The ZF changes become more violent and the engine sound has become fuller and more angry. Especially if you choose the Akrapovic exhaust covered in carbon fiber. The V6 engine already has a good shot from low revs, approaching the red line it becomes even more driven and it almost seems that it can go well beyond the 7,000 rpm limit. The carbon ceramic brakes, 390 mm at the front and 360 at the rear, respond promptly and powerfully to requests and do not seem to show great difficulties even after numerous braking. The protagonist of the driving experience remains the steering which really manages to allow perfect control of the car both in bends and in straights. Regardless of the pace, you can always manage Giulia with extreme effectiveness and intuition and even in situations at the limit, it is not so complex to “take her back”. BMW has worked hard to create a product that is as good (on the track) as Alfa Romeo. In the sportiest mode, the almost angry response to the accelerator is combined with a solid set-up, difficult to undermine, also thanks to the perfect balance between the two axles. Features that go hand in hand with a recalibrated steering and now able to offer surgical precision. It is appreciated both in the fast corners and in the hairpin bends, always faced in serenity thanks to the support offered by the suspensions, capable of eliminating roll and pitch under braking. Note of merit for the electronics, alert, never invasive, and above all adjustable also according to the maximum involvement on the track with the drift mode, which even assigns the vote to the drift.

how they go on the street

As two products of the highest level, driving on the road shows very few differences with respect to grip, engagement and other everyday parameters. The real difference is represented by the contents inside the passenger compartment. On the Alfa Romeo, the 8.8 “entertainment system screen has by now an inadequate setting for the segment. The analogue instrument panel, on the other hand, is a pleasant choice in line with the heritage of the brand. Bmw is a recent project and it proves it. in every detail. The screen of the entertainment system is 12.3 “: it has very clear graphics, an intuitive arrangement of icons and a large number of connectivity contents that allow the car to always remain connected and updated. In this case, the instrument panel is entirely digital and can be configured to display the various driving parameters according to the driver’s needs. Convincing for both the choice to keep the physical buttons for air conditioning control. Giulia remains a more analog vehicle and designed to arouse emotions once the engine is started, as long as you have the right skills and the right space. The BMW M3, on the other hand, is a more complete product overall, suited to the new demands for mobility and in line with the expectations of a demanding clientele. Contents that do not compromise the driving dynamics which still remains at the highest levels.

strengths and weaknesses


Pleases : trim and balance make the car easy; responsive engine at low revs, consistent at the top; supply of truly latest generation technological contents.

Do not like: change, quick in general but less than the previous Dkg; the weight of the car is significant for being a sports car.


Pleases: sophisticated and satisfying driving dynamics; Akrapovic exhausts enhance the sound offer; it is easy to drive and intuitive even at the limit.

Do not like: Technological contents not up to the competition; in general the car has a partly dated look.


  • Motor: 90-cylinder V6 front longitudinal twin-turbo. Displacement: 2891 cc. Power: 510 hp at 6500 rpm. Torque: 600 Nm between 2500-5500 rpm.
  • Rear-wheel Drive.
  • 8-speed automatic transmission.
  • Dimensions: length: 4.64m. Width: 1.87m. Height: 1.43. Step 2.82. Weight 1655 kg.
  • Performance 0-100: 3.9 seconds, max speed: 307km / h.
  • Average consumption: 10 km / l. CO2 emissions: 227 g / km (Wltp).
  • Price: from 99 thousand euros.
  • Motor: 6-cylinder petrol; displacement 2,993 cc; power 510 Hp; maximum torque 650 Nm between 2,750 and 5,500 rpm.
  • Rear-wheel Drive.
  • Gearbox: 8-speed automatic.
  • Dimensions: length 4,794 mm; width 1,903 mm; height 1,434 mm; wheelbase 2.857 mm; luggage compartment 480 liters. Weight: 1,780 kg
  • Performance: 0-100 km / h acceleration in 3.5 seconds; top speed 290 km / h.
  • Average consumption: 10.2 km / liter. CO2 emissions: 228/231 g / km (Wltp).
  • Price: from 103,950 euros

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