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