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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 01:16 AM
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I haven't been home in a week so hopefully I have a second copy in mint condition waiting in my letterbox. I bought the current edition of Wheels to read on the flight over to NZ. The Giulia Q is a mean beast of a thing. My salesman left the organisation so that promised test drive may never happen.
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Well, I can't believe it, but it's coming up to a year already since our Italian Mistress moved in with us.

How do I know?

Because the service guy gave me a call to book Bella in for her first annual inspection.

We have shared 12900 + km's together (I only get to drive her two weeks in four) and I think we have developed a meaningful relationship now.

My wife posted a link to Queen's "I'm in love with my car" to my FaceBook page, so I'm thinking that she knows about our relationship (not that I have tried to hide it from her) - she has been very understanding and likes to come out on dates with us & I'm OK with that (& so is Bella - she's not at all jealous of the relationship I have with my wife when we aren't out driving together).

After the service guy gave me a call, I responded by e-mail with a couple of things that I would like them to look at while the car is in for service (nothing major, just the rubber strip I tore off in the first week, raising the headlights' dipped beam slightly, a rattle from behind the passenger seat that comes & goes, and having a look around to see if I have damaged anything underneath as the car has occasionally rubbed the surface of the road).

Cheekily, I asked if my loan car could be a Giulia Quadrifoglio in Competizione Rosso.... Knowing full well that I will get a Fiat 500 if I'm lucky... That was yesterday morning.

Anyway, today in the post I get a copy of April 2017's Wheels magazine (valued at $9.95) and a letter signed by Steve Zanlunghi, CEO of Alfa Romeo Australia, praising the Giulia QF and wanting to share the good news story. The magazine has a front page story on how the Giulia QF takes it to the BMW M3 and Mercedes AMG C63 S and beats them at their own game. Now that may be a coincidence that this magazine appears in my letterbox today and it may be that all of the Australian based 4C owners are getting the same magazine delivered in the post, but I think not.

So Steve, if you are reading this, please, please, please, authorise the release of a Giulia Quadrifoglio to me for a couple of days while Bella is in your workshop, you know I love her (the 4C), you know I will return for her, and you know I cannot be without her for too long, but I do like the Giulia QF and would love to have an extended test drive with just the three of us (my wife, your car and me) - you are my only hope of ever getting to drive one.

Cheers,

Alf.

P.S. Steve - I'm never going to part with my Spider, so we will have to come up with a deal where I can pay the Giulia QF off in instalments.
I just arrived home now and have the same magazine and the letter in mail.

I had the base Giulia for a day as a loaner when I dropped the 4C for its second annual service. I enjoyed the car very much! It is the kind of car one would take out just for a drive. Even the base petrol engine has a lot of punch.

If you're actually considering buying a GQV, you can ask the dealer to have the car for a day. They might do that.
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I've had the pleasure of test driving four different Giulias now.

In order of drives:

The Quad: I only got a quick trip around the block. Felt right. Had tons of torque and power.

Giulia Ti with Lusso Package: About ten miles. This is how a sedan should have always been built. It just feels right. Enough power to be fun. Enough suspension to support that fun. But, it's still a saloon.

Giulia base: About five miles. Couldn't really tell it from the Ti. But, all I did was drive both cars without accessing other features.

Giulia Ti with "19 inch Ti Performance Package" and with "Ti Performance Package". (those are the AR names) About ten miles. Was stuck in bad traffic for a while and started playing with some things.

The infotainment system is not intuitive. Not a deal breaker, the rest of the car is what really matter to me. It's something I need to play with and learn. Changing the radio station is buried in a sub-panel of a sub-menu. I expected it to be an easy task, but what do I know?

The "19 inch Ti Performance Package" is mostly cosmetic. It includes 19 inch, dark, 5-hole teledial wheels that just look so right on the car.

The "Ti Performance Package" is mechanical. It includes an LSD, active suspension and paddle shifters. The DNA switch effects many things. As we already know, A mode is for snow and ice, N mode is normal and D mode is the most aggressive with stiffer settings.

The active suspension is changed electronically. It has two settings (the Quad might be different), firm and soft. Soft is not mushy and firm is not rock hard.

In the D mode, you can override the suspension settings, but the N/A modes do not allow user override. By default, D is firm suspension and N/A are soft.

The DNA switch effects many things:
- Steering feel and feedback
- Suspension firmness
- Brake pedal feel (brake by wire)
- Throttle response (drive by wire)
- Torque converter firmness and probably the shift gates

Overall, Natural Mode seemed the smoothest. This would be for escorting passengers to the opera.
All Weather Mode was just too... slow and mushy for me.
Dynamic Mode was aggressive with a nice kick when shifting. Sleeper mode, I call it.

I'm really glad I've held out for a special order with the "Ti Performance Package".
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I just arrived home now and have the same magazine and the letter in mail.
So it was just a co-incidence that my magazine arrived the day after I expressed interest in the GQV. Darn!

I won't know if I need a GQV unless I drive one.... But if I drive one and I like it, then I will need to work out a way of being able to afford to own one.... First world issues.

Guess I will be getting the Fiat 500 loaner after all

Cheers,

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Hey Alf

We are a bit in the same boat

I am trying to figure out how to convince my wife to let go her V8 XF and get a Ti
This will take some time and effort, but she loves Alfas ever since she saw them in Europe

The exclusivity, the look, and he fact that it is a bit smaller than her curent car are winners for the transition. We are evaluating my 4C for reliability and dealer services as the current set up has been great.

To be continued.
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Hey Alf

We are a bit in the same boat

I am trying to figure out how to convince my wife to let go her V8 XF and get a Ti
This will take some time and effort, but she loves Alfas ever since she saw them in Europe

The exclusivity, the look, and he fact that it is a bit smaller than her curent car are winners for the transition. We are evaluating my 4C for reliability and dealer services as the current set up has been great.

To be continued.
I think that a test drive would be the best thing. She should drive her XF to the dealer (with you as passenger), test drive the Ti, and then drive her XF home. It's only about the experience, not a decision. If she likes the Ti better than the XF, a seed has been planted. If she prefers the XF over the Ti, well, ... that's that. How does a person know that they will or won't like _______ (insert object) until they experience it?

Let the car sell itself.
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I just arrived home now and have the same magazine and the letter in mail.

I had the base Giulia for a day as a loaner when I dropped the 4C for its second annual service. I enjoyed the car very much! It is the kind of car one would take out just for a drive. Even the base petrol engine has a lot of punch.

If you're actually considering buying a GQV, you can ask the dealer to have the car for a day. They might do that.
Home now from NZ. It looks like all 4C owners in OZ got this edition of Wheels if I've had one delivered to my letter box. A nice gesture on behalf of Alfa here.
I'm more of a hatch rather than an a three box sedan man so it's unlikely I'll buy a Giulia. However, if the Giulietta replacement comes along in 2L turbo, RWD form that may change things.
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