The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of the best cars money can buy right now. Sure, it doesn’t have the greatest reputation for reliability and its dealer network is sparse, but it’s bristling with charm, character, and chassis brilliance that most competitors can’t quite match. Even the regular Giulia is a slice of greatness, and a relatively cheap one depending on where you look. For 2024, Alfa Romeo has updated the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, honored an important anniversary with two new special edition models, and hasn’t messed too much with a good thing.
As far as styling goes, not much has changed with the updated Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Both get a set of LED matrix headlights with three curved daytime running lights per side to mimic the Tonale crossover, a new set of tail lights with clear lenses and black inserts, and that’s it. Same bumpers, same hoods, same skirts, same fenders. Not only is this a testament to how well-styled these cars are, it also highlights how the internal components of lighting assemblies are styling elements.
Go back to the turn of the millennium when companies were still using reflector-style xenon headlamps as upmarket options, and the agreed-upon way to really update lights was to change the shape of the entire assembly. This often necessitated new stampings, which are really expensive. While some will argue that the modern headlight styling revolution was kick-started by Audi’s fancy LED daytime running lights, I have to also credit BMW’s corona rings and the Infiniti Q45’s Gatling gun projectors as great contributors to the genre.
Arguably the biggest change comes on the inside, where both models ditch analog dials in favor of digital instrument clusters. While I’d argue this isn’t necessarily a step forward, it isn’t a step backward either. There’s a certain luxury appeal to a well-designed analog dial, much in the same way there is for nice watches. Because of the printing process, physical dials will never feel low-resolution, and because they aren’t screens, black levels looking low in the future isn’t something to worry about. However, the new digital cluster puts a virtual tachometer right in front of the driver where it’s more easily visible, which can help in performance driving environments.
As for the rest of the interiors on both of these cars, they’re basically unchanged. Mind you, it’s not like they needed to change. Both the Stelvio and the Giulia offer just enough tech to keep up with modern standards but not so much it’s overbearing. Instead, emphasis is placed on things like metal speaker grilles, lovely gunsight air vents, and nicely-upholstered touch points. I have a feeling that these cabins will age far better than something like the new BMW 3-Series with its enormous screen setup.
As for the 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6, it gets a bump in power, but only if you live in Europe, the U.K., or China. Granted, an extra ten horsepower on top of 503 likely won’t be noticeable, so don’t feel like you’re missing out just because you live in America. What you probably will notice is a new all-mechanical limited-slip differential borrowed from the Giulia GTA, which could eliminate some of the inconsistencies of the outgoing car’s torque-vectoring diff. As ever, power goes through a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and all four wheels on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. While four-weather traction sounds very responsible, I’d recommend going with the Giulia, then using the new diff to rip big, dirty burnouts in the faces of people you don’t like.
Of course the big news that Alfa Romeo wants to draw heaps of attention to is that 2023 mark 100 years since the first appearance of its now-iconic quadrifoglio verde emblem. It first appeared on Ugo Sivocci’s Alfa Romeo RL race car, which promptly won the Targa Florio. Alfa initially adopted it as a good luck charm, and it’s since appeared on some of the greatest road cars the world has ever seen.
To celebrate, Alfa Romeo is building 100 each of the Giulia Quadifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary models to sell worldwide. Available in black, red, or green, these cars get a whole host of gold accents along with special badging and some extra carbon fiber. It’s a rather tasteful way to mark a century of an icon.
Pricing for the updated 2024 Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio hasn’t been announced yet, but expect to hear more information closer to their third-quarter arrival in showrooms. I’d be genuinely surprised if Alfa Romeo moves the needle very far on pricing, which means that both models should represent fair value in the world of everyday luxury performance cars. More importantly, they’ll both continue to make our roads that much prettier and more interesting, which always matters.
(Photo credits: Alfa Romeo)
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