Alfa Romeo brought the Giuletta to life
The Giulietta helped Alfa Romeo get back to life after World War II, with the Italians offering it their first mass-destined model. Actually, we should add an “s” as the Giulietta range included the Sprint (coupe), a Berlina (sedan) and a Spider (convertible) versions.
Actually, there was also a station wagon version called "Promiscua Colli", but this was a rarer model. The original Giulietta used its Pininfarina charms to cheer up the public in a time when this was needed more than ever, also hiding a sharp-engineered engine underneath its harmoniously-sculpted shapes.
But that was in a time when gasoline fuel injection was still a mechanical-only procedure. The Giulietta name (actually Alfa used the New Giulietta designation) was brought back under the spotlights in the late 70's, being used for a compact sedan.
We have to tell you that the Giulietta series 116, as it was called, aslo received a vulgar turbocharged version that used a 1962 cc engine producing 175 hp and came with a red interior. Only 361 units of this extreme incarnation were ever produced, so if you happen to own one, please contact us a email@example.com
Moving to contempoary times, we have to tell you that Alfa revived the Giulietta name to offer a replacement for the 147 model, with the move being a self-offered centenary present that gives the carmaker a new chance of serving a slice of the humongous compact segment pie.
The fresh Giulietta - series 140 - has received more pre-launch marketing than the Royal Wedding, so we were curios to see how the Fiat Group’s C-Evo platform, which is shared with Fiat, Lancia, Chrysler and Dodge models, was translated into Alfa Romeo language.
Alfa Romeo is a brand that has a special place in many automotive enthusiasts’ hearts, but we also wanted to translate this passion into real world dynamics, so we choose the 1750 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde (four-leafed clover) incarnation. The numbers (235 hp and 340 Nm of torque) recommend this as a hot hatch, but does it have what it takes to be competitive in the most active performance segment of the automotive industry? Let’s pretend we’ve spent almost EUR30,000 on it and find out.Continue reading