Alfa Romeo has added a new variant to its local Giulietta range, but the model will only be available for a limited time.
Alfa has revived the Sprint name, not seen since the Alfasud Sprint (later simply Alfa Sprint) of 1976, but originally used on one of the most beautiful of Alfa Romeos, the 1954 Giulietta Sprint coupe.
The new limited edition Sprint joins the Progression, Distinctive and top-shelf Quadrifoglio Verde models in the local Giulietta line-up.
The Sprint introduces a 110kW/250Nm version of Alfa Romeo’s 1.4 litre MultiAir four-cylinder petrol engine to the Giulietta range for the first time in Australia.
True Alfa fans will be relieved to learn the Sprint comes with a six-speed manual transmission (the rest of Australia will likely be scared away be the lack of any self-shifting option).
The Sprint can hit 100km/h from rest in 8.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 210km/h - not bad for a 1.4 litre FWD 'larger than small' hatch. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.7 l/100km.
The trim specs for the Sprint are based on the Progression with added extras, including unique 17-inch alloy wheels and plenty of ‘Sprint’ badges and logos.
The door panels get a carbon-effect look along with the dash, while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather.
Front seats use a combination of Alcantara and cloth trim with red stitching, while the windows are finished with a dark tint.
Other features include Alfa Romeo’s DNA vehicle control system, the Uconnect infotainment system, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors and sports instruments.
The 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint is available now, with prices starting from $31,000 plus on-road costs.
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