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Top Gear Star Thrashes Alfa’s M3 Fighter

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadifoglio is on our very short list. It is one of those machines that when announced you immediately think, “I must drive that car!” It looks amazing, It has 512 horsepower from its 2.9 liter twin turbocharged V6. It starts right at $70,00 and is designed to take on the might of the M3. Because that’s what you say/do when you make a fast mid-sized sports sedan. You say you’re taking on the M3, it has become cliché to compare these cars to the M3. For good reason mind you. The M3 started the segment and has owned it ever since.

The Giulia Quadifoglio is the very, very nice machine which enables Chris Harris to do his usual sliding about. This is the first proper installment of Top Gear’s “Chris Harris Drives”. Chris Harris was undoubtedly the star of the rebooted Top Gear. At least for me, in his own way reminded me of old Top Gear. He was a welcome distraction from Chris Evans and his overly gingered shouty ADHD. So great car, meets great presenter/driver. What more do you really need?

Overall he is a fan of the car. Though he isn’t a fan of the “rubbery” clutch pedal feel. But the important thing is it comes with 3 pedals. In an era where manufacturers are killing the manual, Alfa not only brought us a new car, but did so with a manual option. That’s huge, Mercedes and Lexus have already killed off the manual in their lineups and Audi offers fewer and fewer manuals each year. Let us not discourage Alfa from making future manuals because this one isn’t perfect. Let us offer constructive criticism so that their next effort is better. This way all of humanity wins.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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