Some might recognize Alfa Romeo as a fascinatingly successful and widely renowned manufacturer of vehicles that are more than capable of offering sheer opulence, comfort and remarkable performance at both maximum and minimum speed. Nevertheless, Alfa’s Giulietta Veloce might just be the best modern hot hatch to hit the market.
Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Veloce 1750 TBi and its 240PS 1750cc engine lifts the TCT twin clutch transmission and the launch control system from the manufacturer’s 4C sportscar, then tangles it all into a package that includes a modern touchscreen multimedia system with sat nav, 18-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara seats and an entire array of optional body styling add-ons.
What’s it Like on the Inside?
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce features numerous upgrades on its interior layout; the bolstered sport seats feature a one-piece backrest and are trimmed in leather and Alcantara, the all-new leather steering wheel contrasts white stitching and there’s also a set of aluminium sports pedals to top it all. If those aren’t enough to tempt you enthusiasts, then perhaps the specific kick-plates, dark interior headlining, leather-trimmed gear lever and parking brake with matching contrast stitching will be more than capable of changing your opinion.
“With all the featured upgrades, your first guess is probably that the controls are much more complex than those of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce’s predecessor. However, that’s where you’d be wrong”, Euan Wright of Southern Car Sales. “If we’re being completely honest, with the 6.5inch TFT display taking care of most of the minor functions, the controls are actually very simple.”
What’s it Like to Drive?
With that said, it’s about time we moved on to what the drive is like in the Veloce. Of course, without stating the more obvious of facts and as you probably imagined already, jumping behind the wheel of a Romeo Veloce is one proud moment for anyone, whether you’re an enthusiast or just a regular motorist, but nothing can quite compare to its performance. The drive is deployed via a six-speed ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission – which was obviously inherited from the 4C.
Like nearly every Alfa Romeo on the market, the driver can customize the character by using the Alfa D.N.A. driving selector which employs different throttle, transmission and steering settings – all of which are dependent on the driver’s choice and preferences.
Engine and Performance
Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Veloce powers a four-cylinder 1750cc engine that, although might not sound as good or feel as fast as the lightweight 4C, has still proven to be a potent unit, heavily turbocharged and capable of a hefty 240PS at 5,750rpm and 340Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,000rpm. Alfa’s Veloce 1750 TBi also features a Launch Control system as part of the TCT transmission software – this is usually activated when the brake and accelerator pedals have been pressed down, squeezing the down-shift paddle on the steering wheel and then releasing the brakes. The system will then automatically control the traction control system, engine power delivery and transmission upshift, which will initially boost acceleration to the full.
Maybe it’s not your average hot hatch model, but Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Veloce 1750 TBi is much more committed than that. It’s a vehicle that orders you to stay committed to the Alfa badge and is a merely outstanding modern hatch, nevertheless, despite that Alfa has come on leaps and bounds in the development of the Giulietta over the years, the Veloce will face some fearsome rivals.