Alfa Romeo introduced the Giulietta name in 1954 for a series of compact cars that included sedan, coupe and convertible models. One of Alfa’s most iconic nameplates, the Giulietta is known for its beautiful coachwork - done at Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato - and sporty ambitions. All versions of the car are known to have been involved in motorsport one way or the other, but the coupe is particularly famous for spawning the Sprint Zagato and Sprint Speciale models. The Giulietta was replaced with the Giulia in 1965, and the name remained dormant until 2010, when it was revived for a compact hatchback. Developed to replace the aging 147, the current Giulietta received it first refresh in 2014. For 2015, Alfa Romeo is expanding the lineup by adding a Sprint model, which comes with several exclusive features inside and out, as well as a brand-new engine.

The introduction of the Giulietta Sprint takes place as the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of the nameplate. The original Giulietta Sprint was unveiled in late 1954, a few months after the standard Giulietta was launched. Although the current car has nothing in common with the gorgeous coupe of the 1950s, I appreciate Alfa using the new Giulietta to celebrate the Sprint and remind us of the company’s glorious past.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint.

  • 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
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    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    27500 (Est.)
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2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Exterior
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The list of exterior additions is rather short, but the new details help to separate the Sprint version from a normal Giulietta. The most noticeable update is around back, where a new bumper incorporating a diffuser-like apron with four fins replaces the standard piece. The sporty character of the hatchback is enhanced by oversized, chrome exhaust pipes.

Unfortunately, the Sprint remained stock up front, with the glossy anthracite finish of the front grille and the fog light frames being the only detail that sets it apart from the regular Giulietta. The same finish has been applied to the mirror caps and the door handles, complemented by tinted rear windows for a stealthier look. The package also adds a set of 17-inch, five-hole, alloy wheels as standard equipment. Customers in need of bigger rollers can go for the optional 18-inch units that feature the same design. Rounding off the exterior are the mandatory "Sprint" badges on the front fenders.


2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Interior
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Inside, the Sprint is essentially a Giulietta with extra standard features and a black sports trim. The bolstered seats are wrapped in fabric and Alcantara stitched together with red thread, while the headrests come with red "Sprint" lettering. A leather-covered steering wheel with red stitching is also included, while the dashboard and door panels sport a carbon-colored finish. The black interior theme continues with black roof lining and special floor mats.

As far as technology and convenience features go, the Giulietta Sprint is equipped with standard cruise control, rear parking sensors and Alfa’s new Uconnect multimedia system with either a five- or a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The latter includes a satellite navigation system with 3D bird’s eye view maps, progressive route guidance and the "One Step Voice Entry Destination" function for entering the required destination with voice commands.


Just like the regular Giulietta, the Sprint model is available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines, and even an LPG unit. There is, however, a brand-new engine on the table, in the form of a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder, MultiAir unit rated at 150 horsepower. This mill enables the Sprint to reach 60 mph from a standing start in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). With this engine under the hood, the Giulietta Sprint sips 5.6 liters of gasoline for each 100 km, which translate into about 42 U.S. mpg.

The engine lineup also includes a 170-pony version of the same 1.4-liter, MultiAir unit - this one comes with a TCT twin-clutch automatic - and three different oil burners. The 1.6-liter JTDM generates 105 horses, while the 2.0-liter JTDM can be had with either 150 ponies or 175 horsepower. Lastly, the 1.4-liter LPG mill makes 120 horsepower for those concerned about the environment and running costs.


Type 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Petrol
Output 150 HP
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 8.2 seconds
Top Speed 210 Km/h (130 mph)
Fuel consumption 5.6 l/100km
CO2 emissions 129 g/km


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No word yet on pricing, but you don’t have to worry about placing an order for the Giulietta Sprint anytime soon, as Alfa Romeo isn’t bringing this model Stateside.


Volkswagen Golf

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Launched at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. The hatchback is also more aerodynamic than the outgoing model and it returns better fuel economy. The vehicle’s new design blends classic Golf elements and brand-new cues alike, and showcases reworked bumpers, a revised front grille and updated lights. Cabin novelties include an upgraded center console with simplified controls, enhanced legroom and shoulder room, and revised trims on all models.

Under the hood, the Volkswagen Golf is offered with a choice of two powerplants in the U.S. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, while a 2.0-liter four-pot diesel generates 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet. Both units mate to either a manual or an automatic transmission. Pricing begins at $17,995, but a range-topping diesel Golf can retail for more than $29,000.

Ford Focus

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Updated for the 2015 model year, the current Focus sports the company’s trademark front grille and styling cues that debuted on the Fusion sedan. The interior has been updated as well, boasting a more premium look and a brand-new SYNC AppLink system.

Upgrades continue under its hood, where a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost develops 100 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway. The fuel-sipper mates exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission and joins the already familiar 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The latter can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Pricing for the 2015 Focus has yet to be revealed, but the sticker should remain close to where it is with the hatchback it replaces. Expect it to retail from just above the $17,000 mark.


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The Giulietta is not doing too well in a market dominated by the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus, so it’s only natural for Alfa Romeo to come up with new versions by clinging on the nameplate’s glorious past. But no matter how cool the Giulietta Sprint is compared to its regular sibling, it won’t do much towards increasing Giulietta sales. That’s not to say the Sprint is bad idea. If you’re nuts about Alfa Romeo and its past iconic cars, this model is a good way to bring that Alfa magic into your garage without buying a classic car. But if you’re just looking for a hatchback that’s powerful, efficient and rock-solid, then you’re better off with a car that wears a different badge.

  • Leave it
    • Needs a sportier body kit
    • A 200+ horsepower engine would’ve done the Sprint name justice
    • Not coming to U.S.
    • Strong competition in Europe
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Press Release

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic 1954 Giulietta Sprint, the Paris show sees the world debut of the new Giulietta Sprint - the first in a whole class of vehicles, today’s Gran Turismo models, and an acknowledged symbol of Italian genius.

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Back in 1954, in the wake of its highly successful 1900, at the Turin Motor Show Alfa Romeo presented its Giulietta Sprint, an agile coupé model designed by Bertone, the first in the high-performance compact car segment. Suffice it to say that this was the first production car to be equipped with a race-derived, twin shaft engine entirely made of aluminium: the 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder power unit that enables this car to reach a top speed of 165 km/h, placing it right at the top of its class. .

The Giulietta was the Fifties dream car of all motorists, the vehicle that, for the first time, made the desire of owning an Alfa Romeo an accessible one. Today’s Giulietta Sprint is made in the same spirit, with, in addition, a more marked aesthetic characterisation, thrilling performance and top-class technological equipment.


The new Sprint version stands out for its special badge on the outside, a sports rear bumper, oversized exhaust tailpipes and 5-hole Sprint 17" alloy wheels (18" wheels on request). The exterior styling of the new Giulietta Sprint is completed by the tinted rear windows and glossy anthracite finishes on the front grille, handles, rear-view mirror fairings and fog light frames.


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The ultimate expression of Italian style is the result of painstaking attention to details and the use of high-quality materials. In particular, the black sports trim stands out, enhanced by the fabric and Alcantara Sprint seats with red stitching and logo on the headrests. Another standard feature is the leather-covered steering wheel with red stitching, while the dashboard and door panels have a sophisticated, carbon-coloured finish. The black roof lining and special mats complete the new version’s interior.

Engines and transmissions

Among the main new features of the Sprint version is the brand-new 150 HP, 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine, ensuring a top speed of 210 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 8.2 seconds. This top-class level of performance is achieved with reduced fuel consumption and emissions: 5.6 l/100km and 129 g/km CO2.

At the core of the MultiAir is a new electrohydraulic valve management system that reduces fuel consumption by controlling air directly via the inlet valves (without using the throttle) and limits polluting emissions (via combustion control). As befits a flag-bearer for the downsizing concept, the versatile MultiAir technology is easily applied to all petrol engines.

The engine range also includes a 170 HP 1.4 Turbo Petrol MultiAir version - with Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission - and 1.6 JTDM 105 HP, 2.0 JTDM 150 HP and 2.0 JTDM 175 HP Turbodiesel versions, the latter also with Alfa TCT. To complete the Giulietta Sprint range, the 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo engine offers a superb concentration of power and technology, combining top-notch performance, environmental-friendliness and low running costs.

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The new Giulietta Sprint comes with top-class equipment as standard including (according to markets): 5-hole Sprint 17" alloy wheels, sports rear bumper, oversized exhaust tailpipes, Sprint fabric and Alcantara seats with red stitching and logo on the headrests, carbon-coloured interior finishes, Cruise Control, rear parking sensors and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

Additionally, the new Sprint version includes the new Uconnect multimedia device with 5" or 6.5" touch-screen integrated in the dashboard. Both versions come complete with Bluetooth interface, Aux-in connector, USB port and voice commands. Last but not least, the 6.5" device also has a satellite navigation system with 3D bird’s eye view maps, progressive route guidance and the ’One Step Voice Entry Destination’ function for entering the required destination with voice commands. Both systems have been developed in collaboration with first-class partners: Harman and Here Auto for Uconnect 6.5" and Continental for Uconnect 5".

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