The Giulia (pronounced Julia) is quite possibly the prettiest car you can buy today. It’s also one of the best driver’s cars you can buy today, so they say. You’ll have to put up with Alfa Romeo’s notoriously shaky reliability and a price tag nearing six digits for the Quadrifoglio, though, if you want its enthralling experience. But, with this wonderful thing we have called scale models, you can have one of your own to admire all day, without the fuss and frustration of ownership.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a four-door Ferrari in disguise. Yes, we’re already aware that Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are both owned under the same parent company, Fiat. And I use the term disguise loosely because the Giulia is actually far more attractive than any Fezza produced today. I’m sorry, but that’s not debatable. Phrases such as “looks are subjective” get thrown out the window when you’re talking about the Giulia, because saying that the car is beautiful is most definitely an objective statement.
Here’s another catch: one, the Alfa doesn’t cost anywhere as much as a Ferrari and, two, you can take more than one buddy along for the ride. That’s the beauty of the high-performance sedan; you get the same go-fast superpowers of a sports car to go with the practicality and creature comforts of a luxury sedan. Making its comeback to the U.S., Alfa Romeo drew a beeline straight at the heavyweights in this hotly contested segment, the BMW M3, M-B C63 AMG, and Cadillac ATS-V, and blew the doors off all of them in spectacular fashion - emphasis on fashion because the Giulia came dressed to impress.
How’s that for a comeback?
If you’re in the market for a fake, un-drive-able, but still-totally-eye-candy version of this car, here’s a quick rundown of the colorways available on this Ottomobile. The shiny, metallic, dark red one (limited to 1500) is the original release. The black one (limited to 999) came next, as an exclusive to select online hobby dealers; Otto also gave them out as prizes for a photo contest, for European residents only. The gloss red model (limited to 1000) is the latest arrival and was released - out of the blue - through Otto’s own online shop, where it sold out within hours. Keep an eye out on the last one, because it has the potential to become a future grail.
For a price of admission of 60 Euros (or about $70), this miniature Giulia Quadrifoglio can be yours to keep. Or, rather, it could have been, before collectors gobbled them up and activated the ‘supply < demand’ phenomenon. I’m already seeing the dark red ones going for more than double, and that’s testament to both the widespread appeal of the Giulia as well as the competence of this model which, to be honest, does have its share of flaws as well. The most pressing concerns about Otto’s model have been the shape of the side skirts (too flat), the size of the tail lamps (too large), and the incorrect mesh pattern on the front grilles. This is where BBR’s rendition of the Giulia comes into play, but you’ll have to pay dearly for the accuracy. Look for a comparison of the two sometime in the near future.
That being said, the Otto is a fine model in its own regard. I noticed more attention to detail on this model than I have on previous products from them. Details such as the imitation carbon fiber trim, slotted brake rotors, and mesh vents on the front fascia, hood, and fenders are reminiscent of models that cost twice as much.
Whatever color you choose, you’re guaranteed to get the proverbial bang-for-your-buck (or Euro), whether you plan on keeping this model as a staple in your collection or trading it off in the future. That’s Otto’s greatest strength. Obviously I’m a little crazy about this car, so I checked the box that said “all of the above”. The metallic dark red (Rosso Competizione) is stunning, but I can’t help but think that the Giulia looks best in Rosso Alfa, which is the bright, Ferrari-esque, gloss red.
It is, after all, the four-door Ferrari.