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Segment: Compact

In 1980, Alfa Romeo brought the last refresh for its front-wheel-drive Alfasud on the market and paved the way for other FWD cars built by the Italian carmaker.

It was the last chapter of the Alfasud, a car born to decrease the southern part of Italy's unemployment rate. Despite all the odds, rust, and unskilled workers, the Alfasud was almost ten years old. During that time, the technological discoveries were big enough to convince Fiat's management that they must be applied to the car. Moreover, some safety measures led to other aesthetic changes.

For starters, Alfa Romeo kept the car's shape. It was still a five-door hatchback with a coupe-like tailgate. Maybe it wasn't the best idea for rear passengers' headroom, but it worked well for the vehicle's shape. Starting with the 1980 model, the Alfasud sported wrapped-around plastic bumpers, which were supposed to protect a pedestrian better if hit by a car at low speed. At the front, the big, rectangular headlights featured corner-mounted turn signals, and the grille looked more refined with its slim horizontal slats and the big Alfa Romeo shield in the middle.

Inside, the dashboard made a clear distinction between the driver's side and the passenger's, with the instrument cluster and the center stack combined. Its binocular-style dials featured white lettering and needles on a black background, and the warning lights filled the gap between the speedometer and tachometer. Thanks to the flat floor, the Alfasud offered true five seating positions where adults could actually sit well.

Under the hood, Alfa Romeo installed a choice of two boxer engines. Each of them was offered a choice of two power outputs. Apart from the base version, which was paired to a four-speed manual, the other three sent their power to a five-speed gearbox.

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ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1980 - 1983
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.2L 4MT (63 HP)
  • 1.2L 5MT (68 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (79 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (85 HP)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.2L 4MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 4MT (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
93 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
62.6 in (1590 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.5/51.8 in (1,384/1,316 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)
City
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.2L 5MT (68 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (68 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1186 cm3
Power
50 KW @ 6000 RPM
68 HP @ 6000 RPM
67 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
66 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
90 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)
13.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
62.6 in (1590 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.5/51.8 in (1,384/1,316 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)
City
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Highway
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud 1.3L 5MT (79 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (79 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1351 cm3
Power
58.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
79 HP @ 6000 RPM
78 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
82 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
111 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
62.6 in (1590 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.5/51.8 in (1,384/1,316 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
2888 lbs (1310 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Combined
25.8 mpg US (9.1 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
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
62.6 in (1590 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.5/51.8 in (1,384/1,316 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
2888 lbs (1310 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.8 mpg US (11.3 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
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