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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

In 1975, Alfa Romeo started to offer a station-wagon built on the same platform as the Alfasud and named it Giardinetta.

Three years later, the Italian carmaker introduced a facelifted version, following the same trend from the Alfasud range. While it was known as a sport-car company, Alfa Romeo didn't want to lose the Italian Government's money, and they had to build a car for the masses. The Giardinetta was a perfect match between a sporty coupe and a station wagon.

Back in the '70s, the name "facelift" was nonexistent yet, but the Alfa Romeo management knew that the car needed a refresh. The designers worked on the front fascia by installing new headlights with rounded edges. Its long cabin that hosted the rear seats and a larger trunk remained unchanged.

Inside, the Giardinetta carried over most of the Alfasud features, including the front's bucket seats. In the rear, the carmaker installed a bench with a flat-folding seatback. Thus, it transformed the trunk into a large loading area. It was an excellent car for small merchants.

Since Alfa Romeo made the car to satisfy everyday needs, the carmaker didn't install powerful engines on the Giardinetta. It offered it with a choice of two engines that provided 68 hp and 71 hp, respectively. Both versions were paired to a standard 5-speed manual and sent the power to the front wheels.

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud Giardinetta 1978 - 1981 3 Photos
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ALFA ROMEO Alfasud Giardinetta 1978 - 1981
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.3L 5MT (68 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (71 HP)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud Giardinetta 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
96 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.8 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
156.5 in (3975 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
21.2 cuFT (600 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2017 lbs (915 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2965 lbs (1345 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)

ALFA ROMEO Alfasud Giardinetta 1.4L 5MT (71 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (71 HP)
Cylinders
H4
Displacement
1351 cm3
Power
52.2 KW @ 5800 RPM
71 HP @ 5800 RPM
70 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
77 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
105 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 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
156.5 in (3975 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
21.2 cuFT (600 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2028 lbs (920 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2965 lbs (1345 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
Highway
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Combined
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
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