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The Alfa Romeo Alfasud was the first front-wheel-drive hatchback built by Alfa Romeo.

It was the biggest commercial success for the Italian company for more than a decade.

The Alfasud was a challenge for the Italian car-maker. On the one hand, it tried to get more customers. On the other hand, it was a governmental program to decrease the unemployment rate in the South part of Italy. For that, a new factory was built in the Campania region. The result was one of the most successful Alfa Romeo in history. Since it was the Alfa built in the South, it received the name Alfasud (Alfa from South).

The small hatchback was designed as a practical vehicle, good for a family. The rectangular headlights were preferred. Due to a relatively tall greenhouse, the car was good to fit up to five adult passengers inside. The car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro from ItalDesign. Its look was appealing. The boxer front-engine allowed a narrow front and the raked-back led to a very good aerodynamic coefficient. Its design was a decade ahead of its time.

The interior was basic, with plastic, rubber, and few metal trims here and there. The idea was to keep the car's price low. There was enough room for four adults, without any problems for the headroom or legroom. Since the engine was flat and low, the front overhang was kept short and the wheelbase was big for the overall size. Despite the hatchback look, it featured a separate trunk that was opened without the rear windscreen.

For the engines, the Alfasud was offered with a nimble, 1.2- and 1.3-liter engine, which offered 63 hp and 68 hp respectively. They were mated to a 4-speed manual.

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ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1972 - 1977
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.2 4MT (63 HP)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.2 4MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2 4MT (63 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1186 cm3
Power
46.3 KW @ 6000 RPM
63 HP @ 6000 RPM
62 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
83 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
94 mph (151 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.1 in (3889 mm)
Width
62.6 in (1590 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.5/53.2 in (1,384/1,351 mm)
Wheelbase
96.7 in (2456 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1830 lbs (830 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2712 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
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