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Five years after the successful introduction of the first front-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo in 1972, the Italian car-maker decided that it was the time to refresh the range.

There was more than a profit story with governmental money. It was a success tale for those who found a workplace in the Southern part of Italy, an area where the unemployment rate was high. The Alfasud was one of the pillars that saved the country from an economic disaster.

Back in the 70's the name "facelift" was nonexistent yet, but the Alfa Romeo management knew that a refresh was needed. The designers worked on the front fascia by installing new headlights with rounded edges. The Alfa Romeo shield was chromed in contrast with the black radiator grille. The car was also known as the Alfasud Super, and its smoother lines showed a better quality on the assembly line. Since the original model was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was the same company that helped Alfa Romeo to refresh the lines.

The interior was enhanced, and the materials used were plastic, rubber, and metal. The man-made leather seats were on the options list, while the standard versions featured cloth upholstery. But most of the interior was carried over from the non-facelifted version.

Under the hood, Alfa Romeo installed new bigger engines that offered more power. The 1.2-liter unit from the non-facelifted version was kept, but a new 1.3-liter and a 1.5-liter were added to the lineup.

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1977 - 1980 6 Photos
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ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1977 - 1980
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.2L 5MT (63 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (68 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (85 HP)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.2L 5MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (63 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1186 cm3
Power
46.3 KW @ 6000 RPM
63 HP @ 6000 RPM
62 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
65 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
88 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.9 in (3934 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
1896 lbs (860 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2778 lbs (1260 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.3L 5MT (68 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (68 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1286 cm3
Power
50 KW @ 6000 RPM
68 HP @ 6000 RPM
67 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
74 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
100 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.9 in (3934 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
1918 lbs (870 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2800 lbs (1270 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.5L 5MT (85 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 5MT (85 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1490 cm3
Power
62.5 KW @ 5800 RPM
85 HP @ 5800 RPM
84 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
89 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
121 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.9 in (3934 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
1973 lbs (895 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2822 lbs (1280 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
Highway
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
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