A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.
Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST , the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show .
You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C . So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.
Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’
the Giuleitta QV is more than just a cosmetic hatch. It's also a performance brute in every sense of the word.
Given how much pub the Giulietta QV received in its time at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s important to note that the exterior of the car didn’t receive a whole lot of changes except for the new matte Magnesio Grey body color. Don’t get us wrong, this new paint finish is to die for, and the limited nature of its shade - only 500 models will be built with this color - certainly gives more exclusivity to the Giulietta QV.
In the event you’re not lucky enough to scoop up the Magnesio Grey Giulietta QV, you can still take comfort knowing that the top-of-the-line Giulietta is also available in Alfa Red and triple coat Competizione Red.
The smartly-designed interior of the Giulietta is retained for the QV line
The smartly-designed interior of the Giulietta is retained for the QV line, which is to say that the new details on the 2014 model are still there. The new door panel and handlem and new inserts on the center console and dashboard, comes with a uniform scratch-proof paint. Likewise, the new seats and steering wheel are also there, although for the QV line, the material has been upgraded in black leather and Alcantara with contrast stitching
The same Magnesio Grey color of the body was also used on the cabin, offering a nice balance of shade with the black leather upholstery. Oh, and the QV logo is also in the cabin while the carbon finish on the dashboard and the special new mats round out the cabin upgrades for the Giulietta QV.
The latest five-door Giulietta QV carries a 1.75-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that develops a stout 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, monster numbers for a car of its size. It’s also mated to a six-speed DCT transmission with a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 150 mph so you know that the Giuleitta QV is more than just a cosmetic hatch. It’s also a performance brute in every sense of the word.
2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine||1750 CC, 4-Cylinder Turbocharged|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||240 @ 6,000|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||250 @ 4,000|
|Transmission||ALFA TCT six-speed, twin dry-clutch|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||6.6 Sec|
The Alfa Romeo ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ will be available on the market beginning in May 2014. No price has been specified but give its performance credentials, that figure could reach about $35,000.
The standard bearer among European hatchbacks, at least as far as popularity is concerned, is the Mini Cooper. It has been for a while, although an increasingly competitive market has given way for cars like the Giulietta to make up some ground.
But with the Giulietta QV packing those ponies, a standard Cooper won’t cut it anymore. That’s where the Cooper JCW comes into the picture. The 2015 Cooper JCW has yet to be revealed but we already know that it’s coming with the Cooper’s new look with some added sporting components added into the mix.
There are also a lot of expectations about the new Cooper JCW, particularly rumors that this is going to be the most powerful Mini ever with an uprated version of the hatchback’s four-cylinder developing around 230 horsepower. If that number proves to be legit, the Giulietta QV will soon have a reason to sweat.
Gallery Mini John Cooper Works
Alfa Romeo’s impending arrival in the US will only mean one thing for the Giulietta QV. Should it come with the 4C and invade American soil, the Giulietta QV won’t likely get a welcoming party from the Ford Focus ST, the most prominent American-built competitor for the Italian sport hatch.
But the Focus ST shouldn’t have any reason to be worried, at least not yet.
For one, it still looks like a winner, thanks to the deep body kit, redesigned bumpers and fascias, a big wheel package, a vented rear spoiler, and, believe it or not, a Star Wars-inspired rear exhaust pipe. On top of that, the Cofus ST’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds to go with a top speed of around 154 mph.
Gallery Ford Focus ST
If the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde was in front of us and we had to choose between that and the Ford Focus ST, it would probably take us less than three seconds to slide over and give the Alfa a hug. But therein lies the problem, because the Focus ST is already readily available and the Giulietta QV is, well, we don’t even know if its coming here.
We’re crossing our fingers, though, because if Alfa really wants a presence in the US, it’s going to have to do so with more than just offering the 4C.
Again, Alfa. Bring it here!
- Love the Magnesio Grey color
- Impressive power numbers
- The QV badge has history written all over it
- Is it going to the US?
- Plenty of competition
- How much is it going to cost?
The ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ is back on Giulietta and MiTo
- The legendary ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ that has identified the top performing cars by Alfa Romeo since 1923 is back on the new versions
- Giulietta celebrates its 60th anniversary with a new ’Quadrifoglio Verde’
- True expression of Alfa Romeo’s DNA, this car marks the debut of the new 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with all-aluminium direct injection
- State-of-the-art ’Alfa TCT’ 6-speed twin dry clutch transmission
- It’s the same engine/transmission as the Alfa Romeo 4C supercar
- Giulietta’s flagship model can exceed 240 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds
- New intake system highlighting Alfa Romeo’s typical full, enveloping engine sound
- New steering wheel, new instruments with dedicated graphics and QV logo and new leather and Alcantara seats, wraparound and sporty, with built-in headrest
- New matt Magnesio Grey body colour exclusively created for the ’Launch Edition’ special series produced in a limited edition of only 500 vehicles. Also available in Alfa Red and in Competizione Red (triple coat)
- The MiTo ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ features a TCT 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir turbopetrol engine with 230 Nm torque at 2500 rpm
- The sporty compact reaches top speed of 219km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in only 7.3 seconds
- 124 g/km CO2 emissions and 5.4 l/100 km fuel consumption in the combined cycle
- The aggressive look of the new MiTo ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ is conveyed through the rear spoiler and new burnished finish for mirror fairings, front grille, door handles, headlight frames and 17" alloy wheels with red brake calipers
- The new version also exclusively features the new matt Magnesio Grey body colour
- Black leather upholstery with contrasting stitching for steering wheel, parking brake and gearbox, new instruments with QV logo, Competizione dashboard with ’carbon look’ finish and new special mats
- The new ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ versions will be available on the market starting in May
The new, high-performance Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ models will make their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4th 2014, combining 90 years of ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ heritage with the very best of Alfa Romeo’s DNA - as optimised by the astounding Alfa Romeo 4C supercar.
Indeed, the new Alfa Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde shares its heart with the Alfa Romeo 4C – under the bonnet beats the same 1750 turbo-charged petrol engine - complete with direct-injection; dual variable valve timing; an anti-lag, turbo scavenging control system and a lightweight aluminium engine block - which delivers a maximum output of 240hp at 6,000rpm and an impressive 250lb ft (340Nm) of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm, with 80 percent available from only 1,800 rpm. The new Alfa Giulietta QV accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 6.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the current car, and can reach149mph where legally permitted.
The new 1750 turbo petrol engine is combined with the state-of-the-art ALFA TCT six-speed, twin dry-clutch transmission which offers fully automatic or sequential manual shifting, either via the gear lever or paddle shifters mounted on the steering-wheel. As with all Alfa Romeos, the driver can also customise the vehicle characteristics using the Alfa D.N.A. driving mode selector which adjusts throttle response, engine performance, transmission responsiveness (and shift patterns in auto mode) as well as the level of power steering assistance. To further enhance the QV driving experience, Alfa Romeo has also developed a new fuel intake unit to ensure the engine produces the sort of sound that is expected of the sportiest Alfa Giulietta in the range.
This impressive level of performance has not been at the expense of the environment: thanks to multiple injection control and advanced anti-friction and energy loss reduction systems, the emissions of the ’Quadrifoglio Verde’ meet the strict Euro 6 regulations.
Externally, the new Quadrifoglio Verde is distinguished by the glossy anthracite finish on the door mirror, front grille, door handles and fog light bezels, and it is also equipped with large exhaust tail pipes, new anthracite alloy rims, side skirts, a rear spoiler and red, four-piston Brembo® brake callipers with 320mm front discs. And, of course, there’s the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde emblem on the front wings, like so many of its illustrious predecessors.
Interior highlights include the new leather and Alcantara wraparound sports seats with one-piece backrests; new instruments (complete with the QV logo) and a new steering wheel with leather trim and contrasting white stitching. The gear lever boot and the handbrake lever are also leather wrapped with white and green stitching while aluminium sport pedals, black roof lining and special floor mats complete the new QV’s upgrades. As with all versions of the 2014 Alfa Giulietta, standard equipment includes the Uconnect™ touch-screen multimedia system and Bluetooth connectivity.
To mark the launch, Alfa Romeo is introducing a special Launch Edition Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. With a limited run of just 500 vehicles, 100 of which are destined for the UK market, the Alfa Giulietta QV Launch Edition is further enhanced with carbon spoilers, front and rear sports air dams and side skirts, as well as 18" alloy wheels with a five-hole design and a burnished anthracite finish. The Alfa Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde Launch Edition will be available in Alfa Red or in Competizione Red (triple coat) as well as the exclusive Matte Magnesio Grey.
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is also revised for 2014 and, as with the Alfa Giulietta, it is the powertrain that undergoes the most significant changes: Under the bonnet there’s a new 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine which develops 170hp at 5,500 rpm and up to 250 Nm at 2,500rpm in Sport mode (230Nm in Natural or All-weather modes). The MultiAir electrohydraulic valve management system reduces fuel consumption by controlling intake air directly via the inlet valves (without using the throttle) and reduces polluting emissions by using extremely precise combustion control.
In place of the six-speed manual gearbox fitted to the previous-generation model, Alfa Romeo’s latest-generation, six-speed, double dry-clutch ALFA TCT transmission is now fitted as standard to the 2014 Alfa MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde. As in the Alfa Giulietta, the new transmission offers automatic or sequential manual shifting, either via the gear lever or steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, and can be reconfigured for different driving scenarios via the Alfa D.N.A. driving mode selector, which also tunes throttle response, engine performance, power steering assistance and the suspension depending on the mode.
As a result of these new technologies, the 2014 Alfa MiTo QV returns 52.3mpg on the official combined fuel cycle and its CO2 emissions are just 124g/km (an improvement of 10 and 11 percent respectively). These figures are all more impressive when you consider that this is a car that is capable of dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in just 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 136mph.
External enhancements for the 2014 MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde include a burnished finish for exterior detailing, twin chrome exhaust tailpipes, a rear spoiler, sports rear bumper, 17" alloy wheels and Brembo® brake callipers finished in red. Once again, the Quadrifoglio Verde emblems take pride of place on the front wings.
Inside, the new Alfa MiTo QV is equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, new QV instruments, a sports steering wheel with white stitching and a gear-lever boot and handbrake lever both embellished with white and green stitching. The new Uconnect™ infotainment system is also standard, featuring a five-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. Sabelt® seats with wraparound carbon fibre backrests and the Alfa Romeo logo embossed into the Alcantara® material are optional.
New QV Line
As the Quadrifoglio Verde is launched, new Alfa MiTo and Giulietta QV Line models will also be added to the ranges. QV Line model will capture the essence of the Quadrifoglio Verde but will be offered across a broader range of engines. The availability and final specification of QV Line models in the UK will be announced at a later date.
About Quadrifoglio Verde:
The Quadrifoglio Verde has been a symbol of Italian motor racing since 1923 when Ugo Sivocci first decided to race in the Targa Florio with this symbol painted on the bonnet of his ‘RL’ for good luck. Sivocci completed the 268 mile race of the Madonìe Circuit (four laps of 67 miles each) at an average of 36.7mph, a speed which was amazing at the time given the hazards and quality of the road surface.
Soon the other drivers of the Alfa Romeo team – including Enzo Ferrari, Antonio Ascari and Giulio Ramponi – decided to adopt the lucky Quadrifoglio Verde as well. From this moment on, the Quadrifoglio Verde became the symbol of Alfa Romeo race cars and was later also used on special series production models to demonstrate the continuity between Alfa Romeo’s “touring” cars and those designed for competition.
It was the Quadrifoglio Verde that stood out against the dark red of Brilli Peri’s ‘P2’ when he won the first “World Car Racing Championship” at Monza in 1925, the first of the five world titles that Alfa Romeo won. By the end of the 1920s, it was the Quadrifoglio Verde that distinguished the factory Alfa Romeos from those managed by the “Scuderia Ferrari”, with its prancing horse symbol, on the racetrack.
In 1950 and 1951, Giuseppe "Nino" Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio won the first two Formula 1 World Championships on board the Alfa Romeos 158 and 159 respectively, the renowned "Alfettas." In the 1960s, the Quadrifoglio Verde was used for the ready-to-race version of the “Giulia” and the “TI Super”, and then in combination with the light-blue Autodelta triangle on models ranging from the "GTA" to the "33 TT 12" and "33 SC 12" which were entered in the World Championship in 1975 and in 1977. The success of the Quadrifoglio Verde continued in touring car racing, culminating in resounding victory in the DTM with the 155 V6 Ti in 1993, the British Touring Car Championship in 1994 with the revolutionary 155 TS and a long series of wins by the 156 Superturismo between 1998 and 2004.
Amongst production Alfa Romeos, the Quadrifoglio Verde symbol sometimes appeared on the body without appearing in the official name: Giulia TI Super , Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, 1750 GT Veloce (which features a gold-coloured QV on its rear buttresses) and Alfasud Sprint are all examples of such models. From the eighties onwards, however, the Quadrifoglio Verde began to appear in the vehicle names, such as the Alfasud ti Quadrifoglio Verde, Sprint Quadrifoglio Verde, various versions of the 33 Quadrifoglio Verde, 75 Quadrifoglio Verde, Spider 2.0 Quadrifoglio Verde, 164 Quadrifoglio Verde and 145 Quadrifoglio Verde.
After a brief hiatus in the early part of century, the Quadrifoglio Verde returned on the highest-performance versions of the Alfa MiTo in 2008 and Alfa Giulietta in 2010. For 2014, the Quadrifoglio Verde name is officially revived, thus renewing the passion shared by millions of Alfisti all over the world and beginning a new chapter in the history of the legendary Alfa Romeo brand and the storied Quadrifoglio Verde moniker.