When it comes to buying rear-wheel-drive four-door sports saloons, you really only had two choices. The BMW M3 or the Mercedes C63s AMG, both spectacular in engineering and bewildering to drive. Though with Alfa Romeo’s release of their Giulia Quadrifoglio, their first rear-wheel-drive sports saloon in almost two decades, means they’ve got no room to slack off and are competing in the big leagues, against the largest names and the best performance sedans on the market.
The BMW M3
The BMW M3 a technical masterpiece, designed for the serious driver, a track day fanatic and a true petrolhead’s car. The interior limited in design, aiding the driver to focus on nothing more than driving, removing anything excess that’ll prove to be a distraction. BMW’s M Division know how to build the ultimate driving machine with over four decades of skill, precision and engineering gone into making each model better than the last. Fair to say the first generation M3 was, and probably, still is regarded as the best classic sports car one can possibly buy.
The latest M3, however, comes equipped with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine producing 425bhp and 405lb-ft torque, with a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. Means that this definitely gives its contenders a run for their money, and the M3 has always been the go-to rear-wheel-drive sedan for any serious driver. Time to see if the BMW M3 can still hold onto its crown or has the outrages and insane Mercedes C63s matured and become an all-out serious performance sedan. Or will the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV become the underdog to triumph over the German rivals?
The Mercedes C63s AMG
The Mercedes C63s AMG is the epitome of a baller, the people who own a C63 don’t care about lap times, they don’t care about how quick or how agile their car is around a racetrack. All they care about is making the loudest noise, drawing the most amount of attention and doing smoking burnouts. Although having the loudest exhaust is essential for being the centre of attention, it’s essentially a car for the grown adult who hasn’t really quite grown up yet.
Though luxurious by design with a mean German muscle car appeal and a mighty 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 producing 503bhp with 516lb-ft of torque, along with a 0-62mph time in 4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph (electronically limited). With the exterior definitely matching the performance, intimidating by nature making the C63s sound more like an outraged bear woken up prematurely during its hibernation period. With the added benefit of four-wheel drive found only in the C63s model means that this powerhouse can keep on going whatever the weather.
Unlike the M3, the C63s will definitely make you feel like a 12-year-old all over again. Along with a more luxurious and comfortable interior than the M3, this really is a car that can be used as an ideal gran tourer. Though all I’m going to say, you better be ready to go through those tyres like skittles because it is one tail-happy car.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, on the other hand, is a piece of art, a beautifully designed sports saloon that is impeccable by nature. The Italian passion and beauty that goes into making cars can definitely be seen in the Giulia QV, it’s a car full of character and personality, which German cars often lack, it is a rarity on the road and the owners of the QV buy it for one of two reasons: To stand out from the norm or to indulge and embrace the Alfa Romeo history. It’s been over two decades since Alfa Romeo released a rear wheel drive sports saloon, and what they’ve released is something magnificent.
Faster and more tameable than the M3, and definitely far superior than the C63s in this aspect. Equipped with a light 2.9 litre V6 developing 510 bhp and 440lb-ft of torque, with achieving a 0-62mph time in 3.9 seconds and going onto a top speed of 191mph. This definitely gives the German rivals a run for their money, and in a standard drag race the Quadrifoglio will outrun and outgun both the BMW M3 and the Mercedes C63s. Seems like the Italian manufacturer is back in the game and it hasn’t even been five minutes since Alfa Romeo stepped back into the office, and it’s already stirring trouble.
Historically speaking, Alfas suffered from reliability issues and were a byword for unreliability. But they were always a car manufacturer full of history and passion for automotive manufacturing, it’s as though the engineers at Alfa Romeo finally grasped the concept on how to build a masterpiece. Even though it took nearly two decades, it was two decades worth the wait. As the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV has pretty much blown its German Rivals out of the water, and with rumours of a two-door coupe variant also in the making. There’s no stopping Alfa Romeo from getting back into the game, and they mean business.
Though the BMW M3 and the Mercedes C63s are well popular and reliable cars, they’re now a commoner sports saloon wherever you go you’ll see one. Though the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, now seeing those is a rarity and only a mere handful are seen on the road. The downside being they’re costly to maintain and service, but if you’ve got the funds maintaining one you sure as hell won’t be disappointed.
Not to mention the M3 is more fun at doing controlled drifts and slides around race tracks, where unlike in the Giulia QV it’s somewhat difficult to get the rear end out. Even though it’s equipped with a limited slip differential, it is, however, easier to slide the car around corners at speed than the M3. That being said the Mercedes C63s provides the added real-world benefit of having four-wheel drive, even though it’s predominantly rear-wheel-drive with power being sent to the front on occasions where the grip is limited.
Interior wise the C63s provides a lavish and luxurious appearance while also being a comfortable environment to sit in, the sports seats in the M3 can be a tad problematic for long distance driving. While the Giulia QV followed a similar approach as the BMW by having a simplistic layout of the interior, though the optional carbon-fibre seats add a little flare and a unique element to the car. Making it feel more like a supercar on the inside, though the exterior the Alfa Romeo definitely has a presence and makes most people take a second glance at it.
To sum up the performance figures, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio dominates over the two German rivals in both top speed and acceleration. It is a hugely rewarding car to drive and definitely makes you feel special sitting behind the wheel of one, after-all, it is an Alfa Romeo; though which one do you reckon should come out on top?