Rear-wheel drive cars have not had it easy over the years, with most manufacturers shifting steadily to models powered from the front. While front-wheel drive tends to be easier for most people to handle and brings other benefits, like reduced weight, to the table, the rear-oriented configuration that used to be the norm has plenty to recommend it, as well.
Prime among the advantages of this style of automotive locomotion, of course, is increased cornering performance, provided that the driver behind the wheel knows how to keep a vehicle from spinning out. Because of this, many car enthusiasts in Australia and elsewhere still prefer vehicles that are driven by the rear wheels. When a legendary manufacturer like Alfa Romeo teases a new line of rear-wheel drive cars online that aim at setting some impressive performance benchmarks, plenty of anticipation is therefore sure to follow.
While the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is not yet available in Australia, buyers are already lining up. In addition to some truly beautiful styling, the Giulia Quadrifoglio boasts an almost-perfect weight balance that should help make it an excellent performer right out of the gate. With a twin-turbo V6 engine providing power, an all-aluminum design ensures that the front of the vehicle remains as light as possible. That and other design victories allowed the company’s engineers to create a sedan with a level of performance-enhancing balance that is rarely seen in production vehicles.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio goes far beyond that in terms of sticking to the road at excitement-inducing speeds, too. While relatively few production cars have ever boasted much in the way of aerodynamically derived down-force, the new Giulia Quadrifoglio was designed from the ground up to deliver it by the bushel. Far from disrupting the lines that the company’s designers clearly put so much effort into, however, the aerodynamic elements that help keep the Giulia Quadrifoglio glued to the asphalt are subtle and attractive in every case.
Combining this level of performance with such elegance is something that just about every car enthusiast can appreciate. As a result, the upcoming Australian launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has become one of the most anticipated in recent history, and not only because the car features rear-wheel drive.