As a company, Alfa isn’t shy of reminding you about its rich sports car heritage, so it’s not all that surprising that the Giulia is a car that’s meant to appeal to the keen driver. It does, too, with a nice mixture of rear-drive agility, plentiful grip, and impressive suppression of body roll in corners. For some drivers, the steering will help the agile feel, too, because as well as being nicely weighted, it’s also very quick indeed, both to respond and to turn. For other drivers, it might not be so appealing, because this hyper-sensitivity can make the car feel a shade twitchy and nervous, and this can get a little tiring on a long journey. The other controls – namely the throttle, brakes and clutch – behave in a similarly abrupt, switch-like way, and again some drivers will love it and some will not. By and large, ride comfort is pretty good, which is always very important in an executive saloon. The suspension does a pretty good job of absorbing bumps, ruts and potholes before they cause too much offence, although the body can start to feel rather floaty on an undulating road. Bear in mind, too, that we’ve only driven cars with the optional adaptive dampers – which vary their behaviour according to which mode you select – so we don’t yet know how the car will behave on its standard suspension. The amount of difference the modes make varies from version to version. On some cars we’ve tried, you can barely tell the difference, but with the range-topping Quadrifoglio model, it turns the suspension from firm-but-fair into positively punishing. That said, the Quadrifoglio is exactly the riot to drive that it should be. As well as its brutal performance, it has some clever technology including a pair of clutches that shuffle power around across the rear axle to improve agility, and a Race mode that turns everything up to 11. Everything, that is, except the stability control, which it turns down to zero. This makes the car a proper handful, so we wouldn’t recommend trying it on the public highway, but if you fancy taking your super-powerful saloon on a track day, it’ll have you in absolute stitches.