While no longer news, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was nothing short of magnificent when it arrived back in 2016. If a sports saloon as good as the Giulia had come from one of the established brands, it would have been fantastic; to be from Alfa Romeo, a manufacturer that hadn't made a good car - let alone a good fast car - in years made it borderline revelatory.
By combining a fizzy, exciting twin-turbo V6 with engaging and assured handling and handsome good looks, the Giulia nailed the supersaloon template with unerring accuracy. The sector was shook up in a way that it hadn't been for yonks, from a manufacturer that hadn't made a rear-drive four-door for the best part of 30 years. Sure, the interior quality may not have surpassed the German alternatives, but precious few cared - here, finally, was a good Alfa again.
Furthermore, with the incredible Nurburgring lap record and Stelvio equivalent that followed, Alfa has re-established its reputation as a builder of genuinely great cars. There's a sense of expectation about future Alfas now, thanks to the impact the Quadrifoglio had.
The Giulia is a hugely significant car, then, one that ushered in a new era that left behind the stodge and will - hopefully, at least - be remembered as the first of many great new Alfa Romeos. Let's see how the next ones are received...
Until then, we have the prospect of used Giulias to consider. We're nearly four years from the first drives of the Quadrifoglio, and the range has just been facelifted as well, meaning there are now plentiful secondhand options to consider for those willing to take a punt on used Giulia - especially as the facelift changes little mechanical.
Just like this one, in fact. It's the cheapest currently on offer, at £35k - or less than a new diesel Speciale - thanks to the fact it has 44,000 miles recorded. Unsurprisingly it's a pretty rare proposition, with only one similar car at less than £40k, making it quite the opportunity. That mileage since 2017 would imply someone has certainly enjoyed it, but why wouldn't you drive it as much as possible, given the chance? And for the next buyer, it means a 510hp Giulia at the best part of £30,000 less than a new one.
Mighty tempting, certainly, especially given C63s at the same money are non-S versions with less power, and equivalent BMW M3s are older, and while there have been concerns about reliability, there's also this PH thread of numerous owners reporting blissful ownership.And it's hardly like no other cars go wrong now, is it?
Get the advertised warranty with this one, keep it topped up the expensive fuel and enjoy everything that's been raved about these past few years. Because there really is little else like it. You never know, this Giulia might end up being an important one: the first through 50,000 miles, 75,000 and so on. One way or another, it certainly promises to be memorable - so who's keen?
SPECIFICATION - ALFA ROMEO GIULIA QUADRIFOGLIO
Engine: 2,891cc, twin-turbo V6
Transmission: 8-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 510@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 443@2,500rpm
First registered: 2017
Recorded mileage: 44,697
Price new: £61,300 (2017)
Yours for: £35,000