FEAST OR FAST

The well-stocked Gi­u­lia Ve­loce and the light and fluffy Alpine are a recipe for mo­tor­ing hap­pi­ness

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

The pro­duc­tion Alpine A110 (above) has bro­ken cover, bring­ing with it a light­weight alu­minium-in­ten­sive con­struc­tion that cuts the kerb weight to 1 080 kg and a 1,8-litre tur­bopetrol en­gine with 188 kw and 320 N.m cou­pled with a seven-speed Ge­trag dual-clutch ‘box (a lay­out shared with the up­com­ing Re­nault Mé­gane RS). The Dieppe carmaker claims it will crack 0-100 km/h in 4,5 sec­onds.

There’s a con­sid­er­able gap be­tween Alfa’s Gi­u­lia Su­per Stile and QV mod­els and it’s a void that the com­pany hopes to fill with the Ve­loce (left). In ad­di­tion to a body kit match­ing that of the QV and a bump up on the Su­per Stile’s al­ready im­pres­sive suite of stan­dard fea­tures – in­clud­ing sat-nav, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and ac­tive safety-as­sist sys­tems – the Ve­loce ush­ers in a new 2,0-litre tur­bopetrol de­vel­op­ing 206 kw/400 N.m, as used in the Stelvio tested on page 74. While in­ter­na­tional mar­kets will match the eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with the firm’s Q4 AWD sys­tem, South African ex­am­ples will be rear-wheel driven only.

THE DIEPPE CARMAKER CLAIMS THE A110 WILL CRACK 100 KM/H IN 4,5 SEC­ONDS

ETA: Ve­loce: Q4; Alpine: un­con­firmed

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