Video: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafoglio vs BMW M3 Comp Pack vs Mercedes-AMG C63

Video: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafoglio vs BMW M3 Comp Pack vs Mercedes-AMG C63
Video: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafoglio vs BMW M3 Comp Pack vs Mercedes-AMG C63

Watch in awestruck amazement as a plucky Italian takes on a brace of bombastic Germans. The finish is surprising (sort of)

You don’t have to be a leprechaun to know about the lucky powers of the four-leafed clover. If you’re an Alfa Romeo fan, the Quadrifoglio Verde badge that’s been connected with racing Alfas since the 1923 Targa Florio has a similarly mystical quality.

It must be said that not every Alfa in recent years has polished the QV heritage, but the company’s latest product, the Giulia QV, has all the signs of genuine greatness. Powered by three-quarters of a Ferrari California engine, it’s not just searingly quick, it handles brilliantly too.

It’ll need all of that and more to top the two beasts it’s up against here. A four-door mega-saloons go, they don’t come much quicker or more impressive than the BMW M3 Competition Pack and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S.

The BMW has the lowest power output of our three saloons, but it also has 25 years’ worth of Munich chassis and suspension know-how behind it. Whereas the C63 S has, well, a dirty great V8 under its bonnet. It weighs the most here, but hey, it’s got a dirty great V8 under the bonnet, so who cares?

Come with us now to the picturesque track at Anglesey, arguably the UK’s most scenic tyre-smoking facility. Stick on some headphones, press play, and then spend the rest of the day wishing you had sixty grand or so to spend on a car.

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