Watch in awestruck amazement as a plucky Italian takes on a brace of bombastic Germans. The finish is surprising (sort of)
You donâ€™t have to be a leprechaun to know about the lucky powers of the four-leafed clover. If you’re an Alfa Romeo fan, the Quadrifoglio Verde badge thatâ€™s been connected with racing Alfas since theÂ 1923 Targa Florio has a similarly mystical quality.
It must be said that not every Alfa in recent years has polished the QV heritage, but the companyâ€™s latest product, the Giulia QV, has all the signs of genuine greatness. Powered by three-quarters of a Ferrari California engine, itâ€™s not just searingly quick, it handles brilliantly too.
It’ll need all of that and more to top the two beasts itâ€™s up against here. A four-door mega-saloons go, they donâ€™t come much quicker or more impressive than the BMW M3 Competition Pack and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
The BMW has the lowest power output of our three saloons, but it also has 25 yearsâ€™ worth of Munich chassis and suspension know-how behind it. Whereas the C63 S has, well, a dirty great V8 under its bonnet. It weighs the most here, but hey, itâ€™s got a dirty great V8 under the bonnet, so who cares?
Come with us now to the picturesque track at Anglesey, arguably the UKâ€™s most scenic tyre-smoking facility. Stick on some headphones, press play, and then spend the rest of the day wishing you had sixty grand or so to spend on a car.