The compact performance car segment is becoming extremely competitive, and in our opinion, a little crowded. If you’re in the market for a relatively small performance car with seating for at least four people, you have no shortage of choices, from the Cadillac ATS-V, to the Mercedes-Benz C63, Lexus RC-F and BMW M3/M4.
Most recently Fiat-Chrysler entered the compact performance sedan fray with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. Considering the M3 and M4 are the unofficial kings of the segment, many media outlets (including us) proclaimed the Giulia QV to be an alternative to the M3/M4, so which would you rather have?
On paper, the Alfa Romeo seems to be the stronger pick. Its 3.0-liter Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged V6 produces 506 horsepower, more than the BMW’s 425 horsepower twin-turbo inline-six, and at a rumored 3,300 lbs, the Alfa will also be lighter. What’s more, if you want all-wheel drive, you have no choice but to pick the Italian, as the BMW is only offered with rear-wheel drive.
The Giulia may appear stronger on paper, however there’s an easy case to be made for picking the BMW. Not only did BMW change the performance sallon segment forever with the E30 M3 and thus know it better than almost any one else, the M3 and M4 are tried and true packages, whereas the Alfa is all-new. If it were up to us, we’d take on chances on the more eccentric Giulia, but let us know your stance on this Car Clash by voting below.