The same 240bhp engine used in the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car will also see service in the next Giulietta Cloverleaf
25 October 2013

The next Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf will use the 240bhp engine from the Alfa 4C sports car and will only be offered with an automatic gearbox.

Although the move will increase power marginally to 240bhp over the current car’s 235bhp 1750 TBi, Alfa says the use of the lightweight aluminium unit will benefit performance and handling.

The current Giulietta Cloverleaf records a 0-62mph time of 6.8sec; the new engine should cut this time to around 6.5sec.

An Alfa Romeo spokesman said the engine and gearbox will be used in their current form. That means the car will feature Alfa’s TCT six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, which uses two dry clutches. He confirmed that no six-speed manual unit will be offered.

Increasing the use of the 4C’s engine and gearbox is seen as an important move to build a closer connection between the £45,000 sports car and its volume sellers.

The Cloverleaf is likely to remain as the range-topper as the firm has no plans to reintroduce the GTA sub-brand to the C-segment in the near future. Such a model would need to be a homologation special, as earlier GTAs were, but there is little appetite to invest in such a niche model or a competition programme. 

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa 4C is built to encapsulate all of the Alfa Romeo brand values

The 4C is Alfa's first true driver's car for decades, and it shows how brilliantly a small turbo four can go and sound in a lightweight package

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25 October 2013

No manual gearbox? No thank you then.

25 October 2013

The G QV should always have had the option of the TCT gearbox. But seems to be more commonplace to deny customers the choice.

Though I'd love one with a semi-auto (I have a MultiAir Veloce and wish I got a TCT one) I can understand why a lot of people (including Viltsu above) will look elsewhere.

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