Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio has a new job, and it doesn’t involve tearing up a race track. The Italian carmaker has presented two units of the high-performance sedan to the Carabinieri, the national military police of Italy.
Not to be confused with the Polizia di Stato, you know, the ones with the Lamborghini Huracan, the Carabinieri has been around for over 200 years, and is even older than the country itself. More on that later.
As for the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the police cars are powered by a 2.9 litre bi-turbo V6 engine with 505 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 307 km/h. Perfect for chasing down the bad guys.
However, only a select few members of the Carabinieri will have the opportunity to drive these cars. Furthermore, they will need to complete a special driving course conducted by Alfa Romeo instructors at the Varano de Melegari circuit before they can do so.
On the exterior, the colours of the Carabinieri are seen on the classic livery. No substanstial changes have been made to the car’s body, with the only notable addition being the roof-mounted LED siren lights.
It’s a different story inside, where a police radio, passenger-side tablet and new switchgear to control the lights and siren have been added. Other equipment include a defibrillator, portable cooling units, weapon storage compartments, and LED flashlight holders.
Set to operate in Rome and Milan, both units of the Giulia Quadrifoglio police car will be used for special operations such as transporting organs and blood, as well as for escort services at institutional ceremonies. It will also provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services.
As mentioned earlier, the Carabinieri is actually older than Italy itself. The force was founded by Victor Emanuel I, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia almost half a century before modern Italy came into existence. The outfit’s name comes from the carabina, the rifle they traditionally carried.
While we wouldn’t expect the Carabinieri to use its new police cars for any high speed pursuits, they certainly make the outfit ooze in “cool factor.” Other high-performance cars in its stable include a pair Lotus Evora S sports cars.