They say everyone loves an Italian girl, and the same seems to hold true for cars. Let’s take a walk through Italian Cars and Cannoli, a local Tri-State club that features…well you guessed it.
It’s always nice to get behind the lens with some Ferraris. From a classic (to me) Testarossa, to the modern day machines inspired so clearly by Ferrari’s ties to F1.
Alfa’s back on US soil, so it’s nice to see the new generation bring out some of the old-timers.
Italian Cars and Cannoli wouldn’t be complete without some Lambo love. As with Ferrari, the cars always look great but modern ones are a bit…Audi-ish? At least you know it’ll start in the morning.
Short take: The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Lots of people ask “Hey, you’re an M3 guy, but have you tried a Quadrifoglio?”
The main issue is its atrocious reliability. Italian cars are known to be quirky, and when you purchase a low-slung exotic sports car, you can live with it. But this Alfa is a four-door sedan, and thus very practical. It’s the kind of car you might drive every day, that is, if it starts for you.
As I’ve shown with the Stinger, what good is a car that doesn’t work? The bits are there – the engine derived from Ferrari, the steering feel. Very visceral. Does the new M3 do it better? Some say yes. Most journalists picked this over the F80 M3, but they don’t actually ever live with the car for very long. And when they do, it doesn’t work.
The remarks on the G80 nose are well known by now, but the Alfa has the same nose. In fact, the two cars look very similar, and I wonder if I removed the badging, would a passer-by even be able to tell which is which? I don’t know – but I’m puzzled when this Alfa is called “beautiful” and the M3 “ugly”.
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