The headline on the new BMW M3 and M4 lines may be their unforgettable and controversial vertical grille, but behind them are two exceptional cars that live up to decades of legacy that has long served as a benchmark for sports sedan. Currently, the M3 Competition is the ultimate form of the line, a versatile four-door performance car that provides 510 horsepower and some serious on-track bona fides to the luxury line. But how does it compare on the track with the older but equally powerful Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a car that has taken all possible reactions from Road & Track?
Auto Express recently had both cars available and a track to compare them on, so they came to work on answering this very question.
Both BMW and Alfa Romeo have 503 horsepower, an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Alfa is both lighter and cheaper, while the competition package makes the M3 more forgiving and track-focused. In theory, the Alfa Romeo should surpass BMW by a small margin.
In practice, the result is reversed. While Giulia dropped the time 0: 44.4 on the channel’s flat test track, the M3 came in at 0: 43.9. Worse for Alfa, the reviewer praised the dynamics of the BMW, which he describes as not only feeling lighter than it is, but actually feeling lighter than the Alfa Romeo that hangs its hat on its relatively low weight for the segment.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is still an appealing car, and anyone who cross-compares the two can just as easily be influenced by its more traditional look and cheaper price point, but that performance’s first M3 Competition is the market leader for a reason. . If a buyer is willing to live with controversial looks and higher base cost, the new M3 Competition is simply the fastest car.