Just in case you were unaware, Alfa Romeo today again took to Twitter to remind us that Alfa Romeo ‘Giulia’ Quadrifoglio has lapped the Nürburgring a not to shabby 13 whole seconds faster than its main German rival, the BMW M4.
— Alfa Romeo USA (@AlfaRomeoUSA) June 8, 2016
The new Italian super-saloon completed the 12.9-mile lap in a mere 7min 39sec, undoubtedly it was utilizing every single one of its 503 horsepower’s available from its turbo’ed V6 motor.
All of that rather large horsepower figure is provided by a Ferrari-developed twin-turbocharged 3-litre V6, which is 78bhp more powerful than the M4’s twin-turbocharged straight-six unit. It produces a total output of 503bhp, the extra power enables the Giulia to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in a very swift 3.9sec and onwards to a staggering 191mph – these numbers are four-tenths quicker to the 0-62mph dash and 36mph faster than the electronically limited BMW.
Given that the Giulia Quadrifoglio is a total of 47kg lighter than the BMW M4 – the Alfa weighs in at a total of 1525kg, crunch the numbers and you get to a power-to-weight ratio of 335bhp/ton versus the M4’s 288bhp/ton – now the lap time makes sense on paper.
Whilst the exact specification of the car that completed the record time remains unconfirmed, it would likely be equipped with the optional electronically controlled active dampers at the very least. Also amongst all of the facts and numbers, the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s active aero bodywork can also generate as much as 100kg of downforce.
Well done Alfa, now we await the response from BMW.