A sweetened line-up sees the Alfa Romeo Giuliettawin updates to both style and substance in varying degrees of hot across its three-modeloffering.
The range starts with Giulietta Super, theTCT Super sits mid spec and this Giulietta Veloce (which essentially replaces the QV)is the cream of the crop.
The restyled Veloce certainly looks the business.
At this level you get red callipers, twinexhaust pipes, bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear pinstripe details and dark gloss exteriordetails.
The interior follows suit, with leather andalcantara seats, sports pedals and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Its character is a step change from rivalssuch as Volkswagen’s Golf GTI – there’s more personality, more emotion.
Wedged behind the wheel, that emotion haskinda got you in a bear hug – there’s not much room to be honest.
And the lack of adjustment – both seat andsteering wheel can play havoc with ergonomics… But start the engine… and a warmth fillsthe cabin.
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7 litre turbo petrol engine,the Guilietta Veloce generates 177kW and 340Nm with all power to the front wheels.
The engine note is fantastic and it certainlymoves with a purpose.
The Alfa’s six-speed twin-clutch transmissioncan be a little slow to shift, and the ride is firm, but stay committed and you’ll enjoydriving the Guilietta Veloce.
Slack off however and the romance will quicklyfade as the car's considerable age makes itself felt AROUND TOWN? This car is not for the faint of heart andisn't at polished as some rivals like the VW Golf GTI.
But it's unique, it's different, and its thesereasons why may just fall in love with it.