• Mar 19, 2010
2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta – Click above for high-res image gallery

Coach Sergio Marchionne has asked his temperamental star player, Alfa Romeo, to raise its game. Working to help that happen, the coach hasn't stopped tinkering with the gameplan, trying to get Alfa out of another quasi-bust sales cycle. It's been said the Giulietta has will "reinstate the marque's reputation for fine handling and performance," and if it does, a properly handling sports car accessible by the masses ought to help restore Alfa's reputation and coffers.

The Giulietta given the task is one implanted with a the 1.75-liter, turbocharged TBi engine with Multiair. However, that engine currently makes 200 horsepower in the Alfa 159, but for the Giulietta application, Autocar is reporting that it will be additionally boosted to 235 horsepower. Getting that power down in a front-wheel-drive car is likely to be a trick, so plans reportedly call for the Alfao to be aided by a new electronic differential and active dampers, as well as a dual-clutch transmission.

Will all of this make a car that can truly challenge the Volkswagen Golf/GTI – or the Ford Focus family? Fiat claims the current hatch already bests those other two, not that that matters – Alfa has to actually make this spicier variant and let the customers decide which one has the chops. We will gladly admit that right now, though, it at least looks good on paper.



Photos by Noah Joseph / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish this was an option on this side of the ocean, it truly would be a good contender but I think the new R model's VW is kicking out maybe still better, that is until the ecoboosted Focus's start prowling the streets. I can't wait the Hot Hatch segment looks like is finally catching on in N/A!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . the sexiest looking hatch I've seen in a while. I dig the rear hidden door handles which makes the car look like a 2-door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All of this sounds like "blah blah blah blah blah" until I hear that it's coming to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And that's why there is a GTI sitting in my driveway, and not an Alfa. You can't sell cars that aren't available.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... still not sure why people here think autoblog should only report north american centric news. last i checked, it's autoblog, not 'north american auto centric news blog'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        zam, its autoblog.com that implies US centric

        there is also autoblog.uk, autoblog spanish ect



        • 4 Years Ago
        No truer words have ever been spoken.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "still not sure why people here think autoblog should only report north american centric news"

        You're missing the point. It's not that AB shouldn't be reporting it b/c it's not in the US. It is that we can't have this car in the US... and we're, well, jealous. They can report whatever they want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why can't they make this car with the EXACT interior of the Alfa 2uetto concept?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll t ake the white one with the red head... wow... the car looks really good too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well... The Alfa has a kinda 'schnaz' thing goin' on at the front end. But the redhead is exquisite.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hotter indeed... I'm sure the car will be faster too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 4 Years Ago
      The interior looks like it escaped from 1983...
      • 4 Years Ago
      no herky-jerkey hokey-pokey flappy paddle gearbox for me, thanks. i've had em, and i've had it with em. stick shift ftw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely prettier than the Golf, and any within the Ford Family, and with the extra horse-power, I'm loving this new Alfa......I'll have a Giulietta please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sooo want one. If I was out of uni and working, I'd buy a Giuliuetta instead of a 335.
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