Alfa Romeo launched the Giulietta nameplate in 1954 with a series of compact cars that included sedan, coupe and convertible body styles. The Giulietta went on to become one of Alfa’s most iconic monikers, known for its gorgeous looks penned by the likes of Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato, as well as its successful motorsport career. Replaced by the Giulia range in 1965, the Giulietta name remained a part of the company’s glorious past until it was revived in 2010. Assigned to a hatchback that replaced the 147, the modern-day Giulietta joined a segment dominated by the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, the Ford Focus, and other German and French hatches. Although it was received with some enthusiasm, with more than 60,000 examples sold annually in Europe, sales of the Italian car dropped below the 50,000-unit mark starting 2013. In an effort to spur interest in its hatch, Alfa Romeo launched additional trims and special editions for certain European markets throughout 2014, the most recent of which is the Business Edition.
Developed for the British market, the Business Edition is essentially a mid-range model with additional features. The new trim level comes with more than £2,000 ($3,148 as of 12/17/2014) worth of added equipment, while being priced below the model it is based on. Read on to find out more about the latest Giulietta to hit British dealerships.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Business Edition.
If you’re not excited about the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C is coming to the U.S. this summer, than you should check to see if you still have a pulse. I, for one, am seriously giving thought to lumping down a nice fee to get one in my garage, if it’s not too outrageous by time it crosses the pond. Even if I cannot swing the payment, you had bet that I’ll get behind the wheel of one soon after it arrives.
Well, the folks over in the UK already can already get their hands on one and what better test for this track-tuned road car than the Goodwood Hillclimb?
That’s right, the 240-horsepower, 900 kg (1,984-pound) 4C took a lap up the hill with touring car legend Anthony Reid at the helm. After seeing how the new Alfa handled itself with a legend behind the wheel.
Check out the video to see what Reid loved about the 4C and a few things that he wasn’t too fond of.
The British market received yet another special edition; this time it comes from the Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo, and it is called the Giulietta Collezione Limited Edition. The easiest way to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup is by its exclusive contrasting roof offered as a standard feature. The roof is painted matte Magnesio Grey on models donning a black body, whereas Alfa Red and Ghiaccio White models receive a black roof.
Along with the roof, Alfa Romeo offers special 17-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, titanium-effect wing mirrors, darkened headlight surrounds and chrome door handles. For the interior, the Collezione Limited Edition adds black and red competizione cloth upholstery, and titanium-finish inserts on the doors, central console and dashboard.
The new Giulietta Collezione Edition can be ordered in four different engine configurations: 1.4 TB with 120 horsepower, 1.4 TB MultiAir with 170 horsepower, 1.6 JTDM-2 with 105 horsepower or 2.0 JTDM-2 with 140 horsepower.
On the British market, the model is priced at £18,265 (roughly $27,500 at the current exchange rates).
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
When it was promoted that Alfa Romeo, specifically the Giullieta, would have a prominent role in Fast & Furious 6, not a lot of people thought that the Italian automaker would take it to the next level.
Well, it did; and now we have the Alfa Romeo Giullietta Fast and Furious 6 Limited Edition. The model will be limited to only six units, which speaks to its exclusivity. It will only be sold in the UK via the Motor Village Marylebone in London and will come with subtle additions that will distinguish itself from other Giullietta models.
Each of the six models will get a numbered plaque that corresponds to each of the movies the hit franchise has had. Plus, the dashboard of each of the six models has been signed by the cast of Fast & Furious 6.
Powering these six special models is a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. This engine nets the Giullietta a 7.7-second 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time and a 218 km/h (135 mph) top speed.
“This is a very exclusive model taken directly from a blockbuster movie of global appeal," said Damien Dally, Head of Brand, Alfa Romeo UK.
"The Alfa Giullietta Fast & Furious 6 limited edition is a hugely exciting addition to our range, one we feel sure will appeal not just to fans of the films, but all those with a discerning eye for beautiful automotive styling."
Should you be interested in one of the six models, be advised that a lot of people are too. So get to stepping and prepare ₤25,675, which is about $39,100 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the Alfa Romeo Giullieta
Of all the upcoming sports cars that are scheduled to be released in the coming year, the Alfa Romeo 4C probably tops our list as one of our most eagerly anticipated releases. But even with the coupe not scheduled to make its debut until next year, a source has already told Autocar that Alfa Romeo is planning on building a convertible version of the 4C.
While no exact details were shared on the future of the convertible 4C, it does give indication as to the investments Alfa Romeo is putting on the model, which is being touted as the brand’s halo model that will spearhead Alfa’s reinvention as a company.
The coupe version of the 4C is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 296 horsepower. The convertible model will likely carry the same powertrain, although a few modifications to the car’s body will most likely be in order. Of note is the roof mechanism that will most likely be installed, which could add some weight to the car.
Rest assured, more details will follow as soon as new information becomes available.
Have you noticed that the British market gets lot of cool cars? Especially when it comes about special edition. For example, Alfa Romeo has added a new Mito edition to their line-up. Called Mito Sprint, this new edition has been developed to support the UK Athletics (UKA) and it goes on sale at a price of £13,295.
The new Mito Sprint will be offered in three exterior colors: Biancospino White, Alfa Red, or metallic Tornado Blue and will be distinguished by a rear spoiler, 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, and unique Sprint badge. The list of standard equipments will include: cruise control, leather steering wheel and gear stick, remote audio controls on steering wheel, Blue&Me™ Bluetooth® hands-free system with voice recognition, and media player with a USB port.
Customers will have the possibility to choose from three different engines: 1.4 16V 95 HP, a 1.4 TB MultiAir 135 HP with ALFA TCT automatic transmission and a turbodiesel 1.3 JTDM-2 95 HP.
During a long history of 100 years, Alfa Romeo has created more than 70 models, and what better to draw a little attention to your brand than creating a poll among British Alfa Romeo fans to determine which one of those 70 models is the best. And the winner is...the Alfa Romeo GTAm by a hair of less than 1% over the 8C Competizione.
The Alfa Giulia GTAm was a two door coupe produced y Alfa Romeo in 1970-1971. It was powered by a 2.0 L straight-4 engine producing up to 240hp. It was derived from the standard 1750 GT Veloce production model with a SPICA mechanical fuel injection system. A highlight of the GTAm’s career was winning the 1970 European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dutchman Toine Hezemans. It beat out the competition in this poll with a 20.4% vote. The 8C Competizione followed the GTAm with a 19.8%.
"The Giulia GTAm was a great Alfa and a deserved winner. It’s really interesting to see how people voted in the poll. We all have our favorites which is testament to the fantastic cars Alfa Romeo has produced over the past century." For those of you interested, the latest GTAm is on sale in dealerships across the UK.
Press release after the jump.
Alfa Romeo UK has unveiled the special edition MiTo Turismo Sport that will go on sale this month. This special edition is priced at £12,895 and will be offered in three exterior colors –Solid Black (as standard), Biancospino White, and the new Alfa Metallic Red.
The new Mito Turismo Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 1.4 16V 95bhp petrol version and a 1.3 JTDM-2 95bhp MultiJet turbodiesel. Thanks to these two engines, the special edition will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds.
Next to the list of impressive standard equipment found in the MiTo Turismo model (including air conditioning and state-of-the-art Alfa D.N.A technology), the new Alfa MiTo Turismo Sport special edition also gets 16" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, cruise control, Blue & Me technology, fog lights, and a leather steering wheel incorporating audio and phone controls.
Press release after the jump.
Alfa Romeo’s participation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed needs no introduction or explanation. All you need to do is look at the event’s annual ‘Central Feature’, a statue that’s prominently displayed every year in front of the Goodwood house for fans to ogle at.
And because Alfa Romeo is celebrating their centenary – similar to how Audi was given dibs on the statue last year for their own centennial anniversary – Goodwood was nice enough to give them front and center (grass) billing.
Alfa’s statue will be on display for the entire weekend, and if you look at it closely, you’ll notice that it features the “new” Alfa Romeo 8C and one of its most iconic and rarest cars in existence, the P2. The latter car, just so you know, is only one of two cars in existence. This exact piece won the first world championship for grand prix cars in 1925. And yeah, by the way, that car is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of £15-20 million. Yikes.
In addition to the statue, Alfa will also be celebrating their 100th anniversary by having more than 50 of its historic vehicles, most of which can be found at the company’s Museo Storic historical museum, in attendance.
With all these historic vehicles in one place, you can’t say that Alfa Romeo isn’t pulling out all the stops to make their centennial celebration as unforgettable as it can possibly be.
Some people will do anything to show their love for a particular car brand and if they set a world record along the way, then hey, even better!
In celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, an Alfa dealership in the
UK, Allams Alfa Romeo in Epsom Surrey, called out as many Alfa Romeo owners as it could for a little show and parade over the weekend. With the record standing at a little over 200 cars, Allams Alfa Romeo parade shattered the mark after 312 cars heeded the call and showed up for the gathering.
Alfa owners from all over the UK showed up in droves with one owner even driving 862 miles just to be part of the festivities.
The new record is still subject to validation by the Guinness Book of World Records, which will perform an investigation regarding the Alfa parade. Since the organizers went through a great detail to ensure the event’s legitimacy – they had video cameras positioned along the route - we’re fully expecting to see the Guinness Book stamp their approval on this new world record.
Alfa Romeo’s iconic Cloverleaf badge is back in the UK, this time on a special series Alfa GT which goes on sale on 1 July.
A rare symbol associated with Alfa Romeo’s prestigious racing heritage, the Cloverleaf denotes enhanced sports handling characteristics along with distinctive styling additions.
Topping the four-version Alfa GT Cloverleaf range is the 1.9JTDM 16V Cloverleaf Q2 170bhp, featuring a Q2 limited slip differential to deliver outstanding cornering ability, along with a sport button that varies the mapping of the throttle to give a normal or sporty accelerator response.
Delivering head-turning style and performance to match, the range-topping 170bhp 1.9 JTDM powers the Alfa GT Q2 Cloverleaf from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 134mph; while the gutsy 150bhp 1.9 JTDM will accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 130mph.
The 2.0JTS engine version will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 134mph, while the 1.8 petrol engine version has a top speed of 124mph, with 0-62mph acceleration in 10.6 seconds.
The Limited Edition package includes Italian Frau® leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats and Alfa Romeo’s unique Blue&MeTM multimedia package – in addition to the already generous standard equipment.
At the heart of the Spider lies the Alfa 2.2 JTS petrol engine; for flexibility and power - using the latest variable valve timing technology to deliver a crisp, responsive and yet fuel-efficient 185bhp, with 0 to 62mph in just 8.8 seconds.
The Spider Limited edition is offered in four stylish interior and exterior colour combinations to choose from: Ghiaccio White with natural, or black leather interior, Alfa Red exterior with black leather interior, Carbonio Black exterior natural leather interior.
The price of the Alfa Spider Limited Edition 2.2 JTS is just £25,500 on the road, which represents a substantial saving of more than £3,000 compared to the list price of the individual options.
Alfa Romeo UK revealed the limited edition Alfa 147 Collezione, a model featuring lowered suspension, new paint combinations, leather interior and
exclusive 17 inch alloy wheels.
It will be available in White special paint finish, along with the unique option of a black gloss roof. Sales will begin on 9 February starting at £13,950.
The 147 Collezione is powered by either a 1.6TS petrol or 1.9JTDM diesel engine, both producing 120 bhp. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 10.6 and 9.6 seconds respectively and on to top speeds of 120 and 121 mph.
Press release after the jump.