It’s the small things that breed a loving relationship

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has plenty lovable qualities – from the 505-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 and the car’s extensive use of carbon fiber to its tossable handling characteristics, and supercar-slaying Nürburgring lap time. But like a relationship with your significant other, it’s the little things that keep the flame lit. For me, one of those is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System display.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the gimmicky, but this is probably the most graphically interesting and engaging readout of a TPMS that I’ve ever seen. It even provides pressure readouts to the tenth of a pound, making it incredibly easy to precisely keep track of each tire pressure. It would also make filling a tire a no-guess operation.

Obviously tire pressures play a huge role in how a vehicle performs. Under-inflated tires generate more heat, are harder to roll, wear improperly, and even have the potential to slide off the rim. Over-inflated tires create a rough ride, will decrease traction, also wear improperly, and increase the risk of a catastrophic tire failure. None of these conditions are wanted when hitting 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, running the Nürburgring in 7:32:00, or trekking down the German Autobahn at 190 mph.

The system isn’t perfect, however. It’s missing a tire temperature reading, like that found on the Corvette C7. The Stingray’s digital cluster displays tire temperatures cold, warm, or hot – advising the driver to the potential traction he can expect. Of course, I can’t expect every sports car to have every technical advancement ever devised, so I happily drove the Quadrifoglio and watched the tire temperatures increase as time and distance grew.

This TPMS display is fun to look at. And in the long run of ownership, this is more important than lap times or top speed numbers. It’s an everyday pleasure rather than some obscure bragging right that 99.99 percent of owners will never experience first hand. Then again, it’s hard to brag about your awesome TPMS display on forum threads or YouTube comments.

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