Just for a moment I feel sorry for people who bought this at full price, … Just for a moment I feel sorry for people who bought this at full price, just a wee moment tho, then I lol'd
No issues here with handling - it's no lotus and there is a sense of it's … No issues here with handling - it's no lotus and there is a sense of it's weight, but the way it grips is nigh on preposterous for a car of any size/weight. Being AWD means it's an entirely different animal to the likes of an M3 (and I assume the Giulia would be broadly comparable). If you're doing track days or quarter miles all day then it's not going to keep up with the Giulia clearly, but then it's not supposed to. For point to point pace on public roads both cars are well beyond what's legal or sensible though. In sport mode with DTC disengaged the torque is biased towards the rear and going sideways is possible, but the levels of grip mean that breaking the rear free on public roads is a terrible, terrible idea.The transmission on the outgoing I6 Polestar has its quirks and isn't the quickest. Polestar have done what they can with the software and in sport mode it will try to make sure you stay on the boil rather than having to change about too much - this sometimes means that it doesn't or does shift when you think it will, but you get used to it. Manual is fine but you do have to pre-empt your shift points by a half a second or so. This is really the only component that prevents it from being perfect for me.The box in the new 4-cyl polestar is supposed to be far better. In spite of the power boost at the top end, I'm fairly certain the 6-cyl is faster in-gear, but the new 8-speed in the 4-cyl more than makes up for it. The I6 makes an uttrerly demonic noise though, and there's nothing to replace that in the I4 unfortunately.I got it as I wanted a quick AWD petrol wagon that wasn't from VAG - not a lot of options out there that fit the bill. Having had it for nearly a year now, love it to bits and wouldn't swap it out for anything in the price range given a second chance.
Thanks very much for taking the time to reply. Not much out there as you say outside of the VAG's and always had a thing for those understated polestar versions they sneak out at times.
Man are u serious? I would walk into alfa tomorrow and order one over … Man are u serious? I would walk into alfa tomorrow and order one over this. This does not compare with 503bhp and an lsd.
I know I know, always like to weigh up the options before I buy but my heart had already been on the Giulia since it's conception despite the never ending wait for the actual release. Always had a thing though about the understated Polestar versions, I would think that Volvo should be shouting alot more than they do about those versions.