The laws of physics are unwavering, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – more powerful and lighter than the Cadillac ATS-V as it is – has beaten the Caddy’s time around Virginia International Raceway in the latest edition of Car and Driver magazine’s annual Lightning Lap feature.
The gap wasn’t as great as one might imagine, however, with the Giulia Quadrifoglio posting a 2:58.6 hot lap vs. the Cadillac ATS-V coupe’s 2:59.2 and the sedan’s 2:59.8. We’d have thought the extra 41 horsepower, Ferrari engine development, torque-vectoring differential, and expert chassis tuning would have translated to a bigger time difference. After all, the Italian super-sedan currently holds the record for the quickest production four-door ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
We’d love to say that it’s the ATS-V’s merits alone making it nearly as quick around VIR as the Giulia Quadrifoglio, but in reality, Car and Driver says that the Italian car experienced some technical difficulties whenever the staff tried to set a hot lap. Chief among the issues was what seemed like a recurring case of fuel starvation, which never quite seemed to go away no matter what the staff did, but also inhibiting the car were a set of badly worn tires and imperfect brake pedal feel.
Car and Driver hopes to bring the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio back to a future edition of Lightning Lap, believing the car capable of setting an even quicker lap time. But for now, at least, the Cadillac ATS-V can celebrate being only a second or so slower around VIR.
(via Fiat Chrysler Authority)