Alfa Romeo’s enhanced Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde has touched down in Australia, following its European launch early last year.
Launching from $39,000 for the manual model, the refreshed 2015 Giulietta QV brings new features and, in $42,000 auto form, an impressive improvement in acceleration.
That’s a $3000 hit for the auto option, but taking that path will get you the same enhanced 1.75 litre turbo engine and twin-clutch transmission that motivates Alfa’s new 4C halo car.
European buyers are restricted to that option alone, but in Australia, Alfa is offering the both the 173kW 1.75 litre and six-speed manual combo previously available, along with the new 177kW TCT auto version that now joins the range.
Both deliver the same 340Nm of peak torque, at 1900rpm.
The decision could prove interesting for diehard row-your-own fans, because choosing the trick auto model will cut the official 0-100km/h to just 6.0 seconds - down from 6.8 seconds with the manual.
For those thinking beyond the current fuel price war, the auto is again a better option, listing 7.0 l/100km against the manual’s 7.6 l/100km.
Standard features for the QV, beyond the existing ‘Distinctive’ trim grade, include a dark leather and Alcantara interior trim, leather steering wheel with green and white stitching, QV-emblazoned aluminium door sills, aluminium-faced pedals, and QV-embroidered floor mats.
Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system is also featured, loaded along with satellite navigation into a new 6.5 inch dash display. A nine-speaker Bose audio system rounds out the interior tech enhancements.
Going for the auto model will also add a new sports instrument cluster, along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters and additional green and white stitching to the leather seats.
Watch for TMR's first-drive review of the 2015 Giulietta QV to land next month. TMR will also drive the 4C Coupe again in February.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- 2015 Giulietta QV Manual - $39,000
- 2015 Giulietta QV TCT Auto - $42,000