BMW M3 Competition And Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Driven Back To Back

BMW M3 Competition takes on the hardcore Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio GTAm around a track. Which will prevail?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio GTAm is the most hardcore version of a long-awaited automobile

The Giulia came out in 2016 and was the first rear-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan, Alfa has made, in 30 years

The Quadrifoglio GTAm is for the Giulia what the GT2 RS is for Porsche 911

The Giulia QV GTAm makes it clear that it wants to be a track car. Carwow host, Matt Watson even says it feels like a race car, with its aggressive setting and radical aero, in the form of a big wing, flared fenders, and a new front fascia

Performance over practicality

While the normal Giulia Quadrifoglio can be considered a usable performance sedan and even a family car, the GTAm, ditches the rear seats, for the sake of performance, and adds a roll cage, instead

The familiar "not Ferrari" V-6 engine, but slightly beefed-up

In the normal QV, the 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 makes 503 hp and 443 lb/ft. In the GTAm, it makes 540 hp. Torque remains the same. Power goes to the rear, via an 8-speed automatic

BMW M3 is in its 6th generation and, by far, the quickest one yet

Its 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-6 makes 510 hp and 479 lb/ft. This particular one is rear-wheel-drive only and also uses an 8-speed automatic

Not as track-focused as the Alfa Romeo

The BMW M3 Competition features a full interior, which makes it much more usable as a daily car. Practicality comes at a price, however, as the M3 weighs 3,814 lbs vs the Alfa's 3,351 lbs

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV GTAm posts a better lap time

Around the technical circuit, Alfa's radical aero, more power, and less weight result in a lap time of 47.6 seconds. It's worth noting that the GTAm does not let you turn traction all the way off

The BMW also manages to put down a respectable time

In the M3, you can turn traction off, completely. However, Matt doesn't do it as the M3 is too tail-happy. In the end, it manages a time of 48.1 seconds. Not bad for a car with a full interior, less power and more weight

Both the Alfa and BMW fail to achieve the advertised acceleration figures

The Giulia manages a 0-60 mph time of 4.24 seconds - Alfa says it should take 3.3 seconds. 0-100 mph is 8.28 seconds and braking from 100 mph takes 4.28 seconds, at 285 ft

BMW also posts numbers, worse than the advertised, but manages to keep up with the Alfa

0-60 mph takes 4.16 seconds (instead of 3.7), but to 100 mph it takes 8.47 seconds. The 100-0 mph braking test takes 4.18 seconds, at 285 feet

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In the end both cars are winners. Alfa proves, its first performance sedan in 30 years can keep up with the best, while the M3 proved it can keep up with a track car and be a usable daily driver