2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV on sale from $39,000

Alfa Romeo Australia is introducing the updated 2015 Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde (QV), bringing a new dual-clutch auto option to the mix, and a much-improved infotainment system for the passengers.

2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

Up until now the Giulietta QV has only been available with a six-speed manual. The new six-speed TCT dual-clutch auto not only offers super-quick gear shifts, it’s also matched up to a slightly more powerful engine.

Under the bonnet is the same 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as before, however, the manual version produces 173kW – as always – while the auto kicks out 177kW. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is also quicker in the auto, covering the sprint in 6.0 seconds compared with 6.8. As a final bonus, the auto is more fuel efficient, sipping 7.0L/100km on the average run compared with 7.6L/100km.

Like the outgoing version, the MY2015 comes with a number of sporty highlights to separate it from the rest of the range. There’s 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and a sports exhaust system, a discreet bodykit with side skirts and a finned rear diffuser, and a set of Brembo performance brakes.

Inside, the dash welcomes Fiat-Chrysler’s latest UConnect 6.5-inch touch-screen interface. The is a much-needed improvement over the clunky, orange-pixel head unit previously used. It comes with satellite navigation and it’s linked up to a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV-rear

The rest of the interior is complete with bucket seats covered in leather and Alcantara (heated in the front), alloy pedals, lots of contrasting stitchwork, a flat-bottom sports steering wheel, and paddles shifters for the auto version.

Prices for the new model start off from $39,000 (down $150) for the manual, and $42,000 for the auto. Both prices exclude on-road costs.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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