2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint is an edition which is created with the aim to celebrate a key moment in Alfa Romeo's heritage. Precisely, it is the 60th anniversary of the launch of the original and first 1954 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. This was a car that achieved great success, looked stunningly beautiful and was relatively affordable. Back then, the vehicle was a result of company's transition from a low-volume manufacturer to that of a successful "premium" car brand.
The new and the original Giulietta Sprint share many similar characteristics. For instance, the new version is also powered by an engine of less than 1,400cc in capacity. The difference here is that for the 2014 model year the unit was equipped with MultiAir valve management and an intercooled turbocharger.
These additions improve car's power output to more than twice that of the original Sprint's 1.3-litre twin-cam engine. To be more precise, the 1.4-litre TB MultiAir petrol engine generates 150 hp (110 kW) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft) of torque.
The result is an acceleration time of 8.2 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. The top speed is positioned at 130 mph, while the fuel efficiency figures speak of 49.6 mpg (in the combined cycle). The CO2 emissions are estimated at just 131g/km.
To control these 150 hp, the 2014 Giulietta Sprint is equipped with 17-inch, five-hole design alloy wheels fitted with 225/45 R17 rubbers. As an anniversary edition, the car also gets some exclusive features. Such are the special badging on the front wings, sports rear bumper side skirts, sports rear diffuser with oversized exhaust trim and dark-tinted windows.
Inside, the designers added carbon-effect door panels and dashboard surround, new sports, leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and new seats with cloth and Alcantara-upholstery, red stitching and "Sprint" logo embroidered into the headrests.
2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint will be available in the first months of next year. For the United Kingdom it will have a starting price of £20,490.
|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|
|ECONOMY (1999/100/EC)||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)|
Source: Alfa Romeo