The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV was the fastest four door saloon around the Nurburgring, with a lap-time of 7 minutes 39 seconds set in September 2015. Then Porsche managed to hustle the Panamera Turbo around the 14-mile circuit a hair's breadth faster.
The Giulia is one of the most beautiful cars to set rubber to the road, whilst the Panamera is a visually offensive beast which makes you want to put your eye out rather than let your gaze fall upon it. So naturally Alfa Romeo was not going to allow this sort of nonsense to stand.
The Giulia returned to the 'Ring and wiped seven seconds off its previous time, annihilating the Porsche in the process.
That's faster than the Ferrari 458, Mclaren 650S Spider and the Lamborghini Gallardo; not to mention a whole host of Porsche GT2s and GT3s. And a country mile quicker than the Panamera.