Though you might not know it today, there was a time when Alfa Romeo challenged Ferrari on the race track. In fact Alfa was taking trophies and titles long before the horse ever pranced – that's where Enzo got his start, after all. But these days, now that they're sister companies, Ferrari makes the supercars and races for top honors while Alfa Romeo makes hatchbacks. If that just don't seem right to you, there are some engineers at Novitec who apparently feel the same way. And they've done something about it.

The German tuning house may be best known for tuning Ferraris, but it's also got a wealth of experience with Alfas, and have this time turned their attention to the Giulietta – the five-door hatch that's priced like a Golf but feels more like an A3.

Starting in the engine bay, Novitec has tweaked with the full range of gasoline and diesel engines available in the Giulietta to squeeze out an extra 15-30 horsepower, depending on the model. The top-spec turbo engine, for example, gets an extra 26 hp over stock for a full 261 hp – good enough, Novitec says, for a 6.5-second sprint to 62 miles per hour. Which may not be in the same league as a Ferrari, but then it won't cost you nearly as much to buy and own, either.

The package also encompasses stainless steel mufflers, a range of alloys from 18 to 20 inches, adjustable coil-over suspension and a comprehensive body kit. You can scope out the full details in the press release after the jump, or better yet, take a walk through the high-resolution image gallery.
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NOVITEC Refines the Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Engine Tuning with up to 261 hp, 20-Inch Wheels and Sporty Design

Power, handling and sporty design: NOVITEC, globally leading tuner of Alfa Romeo automobiles, now also refines the Giulietta. The exclusive program comprises engine tuning for diesel and gasoline engines with up to 261 hp / 192 kW of power, a sport muffler with various tailpipe variants, wheels with diameters of up to 20 inches with the corresponding suspension solutions, and a sporty styled aerodynamic-enhancement package that lends the Italian car an even more striking profile.

Power is no sin and thus NOVITEC now also offers custom-tailored versions of its tried and proven POWERJET 2 tuning modules for the turbocharged gasoline models of the Giulietta. After the plug-and-play installation of the auxiliary control module the 1.4 TB 16V model produces 141 hp / 104 kW of power, up from standard 120 hp / 88 kW. Power output of the NOVITEC-tuned MultiAir engine with identical displacement jumps from 170 hp / 125 kW to a powerful 195 hp / 141 kW.

NOVITEC engine tuning is also available for the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine of the Giulietta. The POWERJET 2 module bumps power output of the four-valve, four-cylinder engine by 26 hp / 19 kW and boosts peak torque to 386 Nm. Thus equipped the Italian speedster produces 261 hp / 192 kW and sprints from rest to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds on the way to a new top speed of 251 km/h. Despite its outstanding efficiency the engine tuning is a great bargain at just EUR 419.

NOVITEC power tuning is also available for the three turbodiesel engines of the Giulietta. The POWERRAIL 5 module, which also installs easily by means of a plug connector, lends the 1.6 JTD 16V model an extra 15 hp / 11 kW of power.

In the 2.0 JTD 16V model with a standard power output of 140 hp / 103 kW the auxiliary control unit unleashes an extra 20 hp / 14.7 kW. Power output of the also available 170-hp diesel model with custom-calibrated NOVITEC auxiliary control unit jumps to 195 hp / 143 kW while peak torque grows by 50 Nm to 400 Nm. The NOVITEC POWERRAIL 5 modules are available for EUR 335.

With or without engine tuning: the NOVITEC stainless-steel sport rear mufflers, available in various designs with two or four tailpipes, lend all models a sportier exhaust note.

Another focal point of the NOVITEC tuning program for the Giulietta lies in the handling. The measures include custom-tailored alloy wheels with diameters of 18, 19 or 20 inches. The king-sized version features NOVITEC N10 20-inch wheels, available with a silver or matte-black finish. In size 8.5Jx20 and shod with size 235/50 R 20 Pirelli P Zero tires they perfectly fill the wheel wells.

The perfect complement to these wheels and tires are either NOVITEC sport springs, which lower the ride height of the Giulietta by some 35 millimeters, or the stainless-steel coil-over suspension with adjustable ride height and damper rates. It lends the Alfa Romeo a firmer setup and provides infinitely variable ride-height lowering between 35 and 75 millimeters.

The NOVITEC body kit offers sporty design at its best in combination with efficient aerodynamic function.

The front of the vehicle undergoes an exciting facelift with the help of EUR 167 spoiler corners that attach to the left and right side of the front fascia, and the centrally mounted cup spoiler for EUR 83. But that's not all: together these components also further reduce lift on the front axle.

The NOVITEC side skirts for EUR 234 give the Giulietta a lower, sleeker appearance. The rear of the vehicle receives some added profile with the help of the rear fascia with diffuser look. This component is available for EUR 167 in different versions with precise cutouts for the various exhaust tip variants of the NOVITEC sport rear muffler.

The NOVITEC components come with general operating certificates, thus saving customers costly and time-intensive individual technical inspections. They also eliminate the need to register the body components in the vehicle registration documents.


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      JayH
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the five-door hatch that's priced like a Golf but feels more like an A3." this enough should be a reason to sell it over here, no? it's so freaking handsome.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's cool that Novitec can do so many cool things to an Alfa Romeo but it really is too bad that they can't make it rear-wheel-drive.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure looks much better than a Camry or any Japanese car.
      Jaylgo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a very nice looking car, but 261hp and 0-62 in 6.5 second is slow if compared to the 4 cyllinders with that same amount of horsepower here in the states. This car will cost anywhere between $25000 or $30000 if it comes to the US. Ford Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3 and the Subaru WRX will eat this car up in sales because they're known to be fast little reliable cars, I don't think that the same can be said about the Alfa Romeo.
        Abarthlyness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        6.5 seconds to 62 is probably equivilant to an extremely low 6 second 0-60 time. That's pretty quick. Especially when you consider that the thing probably weighs 3500 pounds. It's a luxury cruiser. It's got more bells and whistles than a 3 ring circus. The STI is lighter, and has more power. So, yeah, it's faster. But it's also a hard core performance model. As for reliability, your guess is as good as anyone's.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's overdue for Alfa to attempt a comeback in the U.S....they never stained their reputation like Fiat, Renault and Peugot.
        askroon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Ever heard of the 164? A truly awful car... no wonder it was the last Alfa sold here til the 8c could finally overcome the stigma of the underpowered, unreliable and boring 164
          quuppa70
          • 3 Years Ago
          @askroon
          yes the 164 is beautiful and reliable car, what have you been eaten?
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      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worth a closer look...a good 6-speed standard tranny in this pup will help elevate it above the middle of the road and add to the fun of driving this car. I have loved this car for about a year now while waiting for it to hit U.S. shores and driving public consumption. I'll bet it handles like the champion it looks like.
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