6 Reasons Alfa Romeo's New Super Sports Sedan Isn't As Mind Blowing As We Hoped

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    The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the smokin' hottest four-door sport sedan on the road today. Hands-down. The voluptuous bodywork, the stunning Rosso Competizione three-layer paint, and the delicate-looking five-hole Alfa heritage wheels contribute to jaw-dropping looks more typical of sport coupes than sedans.

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    It has the performance to back up the suggestive looks. The Quadrifoglio (Alfa racer Ugo Sivocci's four-leaf good luck symbol) has a 505-horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 that blasts to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car crushed the Nurburgring lap record for four-door sedans with a time of 7:32. Top speed is 191 mph.

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    The accolades have rolled in. The experts at Hagerty classic car insurance have already named the Giulia Quadrifoglio to their hot list of future classics. The Car Connection named it "Best New Luxury Car." It was named "Star of the Show" at the Miami International Auto Show.

    But we disagree. Everybody else is wrong about the sex-on-wheels Giulia Quadrifolglio. You'll pursue the fantasy of Lara Croft and end up divorcing Angelina Jolie. The problem is that the car is tuned for blitzing the track and raiding tombs and not for the daily life of domestic bliss. Here's why.

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    1. It won't go. The Giulia Quadrifoglio's lurching 8-speed automatic transmission makes smooth takeoffs and simple tasks like creeping into a parking space a white-knuckle challenge that threatens to crumple sheetmetal.

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    2. It won't stop. The massive Brembo brakes are superlative at speed. But like the transmission, they are appalling in regular driving because they are so grabby that they take every opportunity to jerk the Quadrifoglio to an unintentionally abrupt stop that makes every driver look like a learners-permit student pilot. Great cars flatter their driver. Overrated cars embarrass them in public.

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    3. It won't sit still. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is saddled with the hands-down worst execution of a fuel-saving engine stop-start system. In the very best examples, like the current Acura NSX hybrid, a massive electric motor spins the combustion engine up to speed so instantaneously that it seems like it was running unnoticed all along. The Alfa's feels like Danny Trejo kick-starting a vintage Harley chopper. The shut-off is no better.

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