BMW M4 Competition Package vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M4, News | April 21st, 2017 by 9
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This is a comparison that’s been done seemingly countless times since the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has come out. The BMW M4 Competition Package is …

This is a comparison that’s been done seemingly countless times since the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has come out. The BMW M4 Competition Package is its direct competitor from the Bavarian brand (even though it’s really the M3 that competes but Top Gear couldn’t get an M3 for the test. We get it), so it’s only natural to compare the two. So let’s see what TG thinks of the two super sedans.

In terms of power and performance, it’s pretty clear which car wins. The BMW M4 Competition Package makes 444 hp from its 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 engine. When paired with a dual-clutch transmission, the M4 Comp Pack can get from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio makes a whopping 503 hp from its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 and is paired with an eight-speed automatic. This allows the Italian to get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. So you tell us which wins this part.

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While the Alfa Romeo is more powerful and faster, you’d think that the M4 Competition Package would handle better, as that’s always where BMW excels. However, while the M4 Comp Pack is a great handling car, the Alfa Romeo is just a bit better. It feels more delicate, lighter and more nimble, more up on its toes. There’s a a sort of fluidity that the Alfa supposedly has that the M4 lacks a bit. It seems as if Alfa Romeo out-BMWed BMW.

The only real downside of the Alfa Romeo is its lack of build quality on the inside. While I haven’t personally driven the Giulia, I have been inside of one several times and it does feel less premium than the M4. Some plastics feel cheap, the shift lever feels like something from a Chrysler 300 and the infotainment wheel feels as if it’s going to snap off. It just lacks the premium materials that BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have in their cars.

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However, Top Gear feels that the Alfa’s faults should be overlooked. Its engine is brilliant, its handling is brilliant and it looks and feels more exciting than the Bimmer. While BMW’s Competition Package transforms the M3/M4 into cars that would make long-time BMW fans proud, it’s still a bit too serious, whereas the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is lively, exciting, fast and dynamic all in a way that makes its drivers fall in love.

[Source: Top Gear]

9 responses to “BMW M4 Competition Package vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio”

  1. Crux says:

    The truth really hurts. C;mon BMW wtf, can’t live in the past glory. You guys need to pay attention to your surroundings cause they are gunning hard and some like this Alfa already got ‘us’ beat.

    • manuelf says:

      Which truth? This is the verdict of one magazine! The two most serious magazines in germany with regards to handling and track capability (sport auto magazine and autobild sportscars) did extensive tests also on racetrack (Hockenheim and Sachsenring) and both times, the M3 Competition came out on top! There is no one truth!

    • سالار حاجی says:

      Alfa for it’s price must be faster than BMW, and of course it is a great car. for those people like u who thinks they are comparing 2 non turbo 3.0 litter engines, these engines have different turbo PSI. which Alfa runs on 35 PSI vs BMW M4 on 19 PSI.

  2. Giom says:

    That is true manuelf. But the reality is, the M4/M3 is not popular with car mags anymore. It’s one of those situations where there is winning and loosing at the same time. The M3/4 is still popular at the sales office, but not with the enthusiast anymore. Lesser manufactures have now caught up and surpassed that which BMW established with the original M3. The loosing part comes in where BMW has forgotten about that little gem and everything it accomplished. I believe BMW is chasing profits more than they’re chasing GREAT handling sports cars. So, you see, BMW is winning and loosing at the same time.

  3. Indrit Selimi says:

    Poor bimmers fans, the “mighty” M3/M4, result of 20+ years of iterations and (theoretically) optimizations, being smashed by Alfa at their iteration number 1. Amazing job from the Alfa’s engineers!

  4. mcc3456 says:

    As a former F80 M3 owner and current Alfa Quadrifoglio owner, I have to disagree about the ignorant “inferior interior” rants. It’s simply not true. One needs the costly M3 Full Leather option to rival the Alfa’s standard interior package. Without Full Leather on the M3, the BMW dashboard and doors are very low rent. In fact, would have never even bought one if it weren’t for the Full Leather option which immensely upgrades the car to a much higher quality feel.

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