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.
Apart from the 150hp engine, the new Sprint also comes equipped with a number of other unique features, including new 17-inch, five-hole design alloy wheels; special badging on the front wings; carbon-effect door panels and dashboard surround; a 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.
Sprint enhancements also include sports rear bumper side skirts and dark-tinted windows. The new Alfa Romeo Sprint goes on sale in early 2015, priced from £20,490 OTR.