Each year, Motor Trend holds a ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ featuring some of the fastest, most exciting sports cars, supercars and hypercars ever made. And this year, not a single one of them won.
The high-octane race part of the magazine’s “best driver’s car” competition and features the finalists doing a simultaneous quarter mile race against each other on an airstrip — the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, this time around.
As you would imagine, the list of contenders is what every car enthusiast’s dream is made of. See for yourself:
- Ferrari 488 GTB
- McLaren 570GT
- Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Mercedes-AMG GT R
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- Porsche 718 Cayman S
- Lexus LC 500
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
- Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
- Aston Martin DB11
- Nissan GT-R NISMO
The Mazda MX-5 RF, despite being in contention for the “best driver’s car” title, is grossly underpowered and was forced to watch from the sidelines, wishing the track was a little twistier. To make things interesting, Motor Trend decided to replace the Mazda that wished-it-could with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous, a car we’ve all wanted to see frolic with the likes a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche in terms of pure speed.
And — you guessed it — the relatively unassuming, electric-powered Model S, the heaviest car on the track, beat them all! In fact, it would have crushed the race if not for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo S being hot on its heels. It’s quite something to see…
Guess which car came in last?
Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe Will Have F1 Hybrid Tech, 641HP?
Alfa Romeo’s on-again, off-again Giulia coupe could have F1 hybrid tech and up to 641 horsepower when it hits the market. It will be the brand’s most powerful car yet.
According to sources that spoke with , the two-door Giulia has been approved for production and could be possibly named Sprint or GTV when it debuts by the end of 2018 before going on sale sometime in 2019.
Two engines will be offered — the standard Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 345 horsepower and a the Quadrifoglio model’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 641 horsepower, which easily beats the output figures of key rivals like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.
Alfa hasn’t developed a Formula One racer in decades, but it will repeatedly give the Giulia coupe a brake energy recuperation system similar to the one used by modern-day Formula One cars. The system, which will improve both fuel-efficiency and performance, will be fitted to both powertrains.
Visually, the coupe will look nearly identical to the sedan from the front end to A-pillars. Beyond that, it will have a more distinct design with a sleeker roofline and a more voluptuous rear end.
What do you want to see from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe?
Alfa Romeo Giulia Has The Safety To Match Its Sportiness
The Alfa Romeo Guilia can now add best-in-class safety to its list of impressive credentials, having earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
To be eligible for the institute’s top safety rating, a vehicle must receive “good” ratings in all five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints), as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
The 2017 Guilia equipped with the optional front crash prevention system and curve-adaptive headlights achieved top rating, scoring “good” in all crash tests and earning top marks of “superior” for its automatic braking systems and “good” for its bi-xenon projector headlamps.
Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, stated:
“The Giulia represents the height of Alfa Romeo engineering and technology so no effort was spared when it came to the vehicle’s performance and safety features. We’re honored to receive this award from IIHS as it shows our commitment to creating state-of-the-art vehicles.”
Arguably the sportiest, most engaging contender in its segment, the Alfa Romeo Giulia competes with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and other premium compact-size sedans. It has a base price of $37,995 in the United States.
New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is Now The Fastest SUV
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has become the fastest SUV in the world by lapping Germany’s infamous Nürburgring in a record-breaking 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
Set by driver Fabio Francia in a 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, that time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record!
Francia was also the driver who set the new Nürburgring record for the world’s fastest four-door sedan with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, clocking 7 minutes 32 seconds.
Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, stated:
“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”
Alfa Romeo clearly wants to be the performance king in the luxury car segment, a designation BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi seem to care less about these day. Let’s hope all the company’s hard work leads to much-needed sales.