The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint celebrates a key moment in Alfa Romeo’s heritage: the 60th anniversary of the launch of the original Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, a car that struck a chord with the public thanks to its stunning looks and relative affordability, resulting in Alfa Romeo’s transition from a low-volume specialist manufacturer to that of a successful “premium” car brand, long before the term had entered the automotive lexicon.
Like the original Giulietta Sprint, the new version is also powered by an engine of less than 1,400cc in capacity, but for 2014 it is equipped with MultiAir valve management and an intercooled turbocharger to boost its power output to more than twice that of the original Sprint’s 1.3-litre twin-cam engine. The new 1.4-litre TB MultiAir petrol engine produces 150hp and 250Nm of torque and can propel the new Giulietta Sprint from 0-62mph in just 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph, while its combined-cycle fuel efficiency figure is 49.6mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 131g/km.
The new Alfa Romeo Sprint goes on sale in early 2015, priced from £20,490 OTR.
|Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TP 150 HP S&S|
|ENGINE||Layout, cylinders, capacity||In-line transverse 4-cyl 1,368cc|
|Bore × stroke||72×84mm|
|Max power||150hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Peak torque||250Nm at 2,500 rpm|
|Timing system (control)||Toothed belt, hydraulic tappets, MultiAir intake system|
|Supply||MPFI turbo-charging, MultiAir direct valve control system, intercooler|
|Fuel tank||60 litres|
|TRANSMISSION||Drive, Gearbox||Front, Manual six-speed|
|WEIGHTS||Kerb weight||1,290 kg|
|Max. towable braked/unbraked||500 / 1,300 kg|
|PERFORMANCE||Top speed||130 mph|
|0-62 mph (1 person + 30 kg)||8.2 seconds|
|Urban cycle MPG||37.2 MPG (7.6 L/100km)|
|Extra-urban cycle||61.4 MPG (4.6 L/100km)|
|Combined cycle||49.6 MPG (5.7 L/100km)|
|EMISSIONS||CO2 (Certification)||131 g/km (Euro 6)|