Full disclosure, I’m in full-blown love with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. If I could afford one, it’d already be in my driveway. Having driven the Giulia “QV” several times, I can say it’s my favorite sport sedan in the world and the second place car isn’t even close. I absolutely adore it, despite its many flaws. So when I see a comparison between it and the all-new Audi RS3 Sedan, I’m immediately interested.
Admittedly, going into the review, I fully expected the Alfa to whomp the RS3. The Giulia is more powerful, rear-wheel drive, has some of the sweetest chassis tuning of any car on the road, incredible steering, and looks to die for. The Audi RS3 Sedan is impressive; its engine is thrilling, it has a ton of grip, boasts an interesting drift mode, and is a bit more affordable; but it’s going to need to be absolutely, mind-blowingly sensational to be the Italian.
Determining which is better requires driving the two cars back-to-back, which is why we’re going to defer to Car Throttle’s opinion at the moment, as we’ve yet to drive the RS3. However, first we should check the specs.
The Audi RS3 Sedan is a smaller, front-wheel drive-based sedan with a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, making 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, which powers all-four wheels via a new all-wheel drive system and clever rear diff.
While the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a larger rear-wheel drive sedan with a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 503 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The Alfa’s transmission is an eight-speed automatic and it drives only the rear wheels.
So which car is better? That’s a tougher question than you might think. Maybe this isn’t a spoiler but the Alfa Romeo is sweeter to drive. That’s to be expected from a rear-drive Alfa. However, the Audi RS3 is significantly cheaper and it’s also a bit faster in the real world, thanks to its all-wheel drive grip and an engine that makes its power lower in the rev range. So which car is actually better to use and live with? Check out the Car Throttle comparison but it’s a closer match than I ever thought it would be.
[Source: Car Throttle]