Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – January
Updated version of Alfa’s Golf rival gains a number of updates for 2015 – and its January local release.
The range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde joins a month later. Mechanically, its 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo is now the uprated version found in the 4C sports car – producing 176kW and 340Nm. And where it was previously manual only, the QV’s engine is now exclusively paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto with paddleshifters (also from 4C). Alfa says the result scrubs 0.2 seconds from its 0-100km/h time (now 6.6sec).
The tweaked cabin incorporates new leather/alcantara sports seats and new Uconnect infotainment system.
Read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Alfa Romeo 4C – February
The big news for Alfa’s long-awaited, oft-delayed product revival is the Giulia (see below) but in the interim a long queue is already starting to form in the CarAdvice garage to drive this Italian answer to the Lotus Exige and Porsche Cayman.
Alfa’s two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe is due about February and features a 177kW 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder powering a lightweight body made from carbonfibre.
Pricing indications are in the $80,000 to $100,000 range – not cheap but more affordable than a Lotus or Porsche.
Read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider – October
A spin-off version with a canvas roof will follow the coupe about October time. Expect to pay an extra premium for having less bodywork but access to open-air motoring.
The convertible 4C sees only 60kg added to the mass, with the chassis tuned to mirror the coupe’s handling as close as possible.
Read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.
Alfa Romeo Giulia - 2016
The belated successor to the 159 won’t make it to Australia until 2016 but will appear in 2015 as the pivot point to struggling Alfa’s revival plan – and constantly delayed return to the vital US market.
The Giulia will sit on Fiat Chrysler’s ‘Giorgio’ platform, transforming Alfa’s 3 Series and C-Class challenger from the front-wheel-driver of previous years to a rear-driver (with all-wheel drive a potential option).
Joining four-cylinder engines for top-end variants are expected to be V6s borrowed from supercar stablemates Ferrari and Maserati.
Read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia. (Alfa Romeo Gloria concept pictured.)