Thinking of robbing a bank? As anyone who has watched The Godfather trilogy will tell you, crime doesn’t pay – especially in Italy, where the police have just taken delivery of two Alfa Romeo Giulia QV high-speed pursuit cars.
Painted in traditional Carabinieri dark blue and red, the QV will look pretty menacing in the mirrors of any fleeing villains. That supersized Alfa grille isn’t exactly subtle either. All the better to feed the QV’s hungry twin-turbo V6…
510 Italian stallions
The QV (or Quadrifoglio Verde – ‘green cloverleaf’ in English) is the flagship of Alfa’s new Giulia range. It packs a 510hp 2.9-litre V6 and rear-wheel drive. Which makes it… rather rapid.
In hot pursuit
On the tail of Don Corleone, the Giulia will hit 62mph in just 3.9 seconds – quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera S. A top speed of 190mph should come in useful if The Family head for the autostrada.
Inside, the Giulia’s plush, leather-lined cabin gains extra equipment for police use, including cameras, a tablet computer for the front passenger and a radio that looks like an old-school car phone.
Chasing the Germans
From here, the rozzers can take down your details while admiring the Giuilia’s sporty red stitching and carbon fibre trim. It certainly looks like Alfa has upped its game in terms of build quality. Should be Germans be worried?
Stealing some lolly?
The Alfa’s specially-adapted door panel features a Carabinieri lollipop holder and a rather meaty-looking truncheon. As an actress said to a bishop…
The Giulia will take on rivals such as the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 and forthcoming Audi RS4. With claimed 50/50 weight distribution, it promises to be a formidable performance car.
King of the ’Ring
Hammering home those performance credentials, Alfa has quoted a Nurburgring lap time of seven minutes 39 seconds for the Giulia QV – a record for a four-door saloon car. Unless the thieves are in a Ferrari, they don’t stand a chance.
To protect and serve
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (the conglomerate that owns Alfa Romeo) has agreed to deliver 800 vehicles to the Italian police in 2016. The fleet will include Fiat Pandas, Alfa Romeo Giuliettas and Jeep Renegades – but only two Giulia QVs.
Marking the occasion
The pomp-filled handover of the cars was attended by police chiefs and Alfa Romeo boss, Sergio Marchionne. Alfa also brought along a classic 1970s Giulia Super police car.