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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Isn’t Getting Cheap as Quickly as I Thought It Would

If you’re interested in sporty sedans, you’re probably well aware of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which made a big splash when it first went on sale for the 2017 model year. It was, and still is, a truly impressive vehicle: gorgeous styling, an exotic new Italian brand and a rear-wheel drive architecture with a 505-horsepower turbo V6.

Naturally, I expected this car to depreciate heavily, given the fact that the Alfa Romeo brand was new and uncertain, and that this car just wouldn’t be as well received in the used marketplace — which is very wary of potential reliability issues — as cars like the BMW M3 or the Mercedes-AMG C63. As a result, I figured resale values would plunge and early examples would be very cheap to pick up by now.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite what’s happened. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is actually doing quite well on the used market, with pre-owned (and certified pre-owned) examples still bringing big money. The very cheapest Giulia Quadrfioglio models on Autotrader are just starting to creep under $50,000, but they have big miles — around 40,000, which is a lot for a 2017 car. The bulk of used 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio prices seem to be in the $55,000 to $65,000 range, which isn’t as affordable as I was predicting.

This especially surprises me because the Maserati Ghibli is so affordable. The Ghibli, whose Maserati brand name is stronger than the Giulia’s Alfa name, has depreciated much faster than the Alfa — to the point where it’s easy to find certified pre-owned and used Ghibli models in the $35,000 to $45,000 range. Admittedly, the Ghibli came out a few years before the Giulia, but there’s no question it’s losing value faster.

So, for all of you wannabe Giulia Quadrifoglio owners out there, you’ll have to wait another couple of years before these fall into the more reasonable $35,000 to $45,000 price range — and by then, you might be wise to fear Alfa reliability, as the car will be four or five years old. Indeed, the truly great used Giulia Quadrifoglio deal that enthusiasts were hoping for may not come to fruition.

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