Alfa Romeo at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 21, 2011
Categories: Alfa Romeo

  • Alfa Romeo TCT, the best automatic transmission in its category in terms of efficiency to performance ratio
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo
  • Alfa Romeo MiTo 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo
  • Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde with “Alfa Active Suspension”

The most dynamic cars, the most engaging music and the most energetic young people: these are the ingredients of the most important motor show in Italy, the Bologna Motor Show.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

It is an extraordinary event that Alfa Romeo certainly couldn't miss out on and that confirms its drawing closer to the world of young people both by offering attractive, high-performance and safe cars and by sharing with them the same values and forms of expression in the music, web and new digital technology fields, in addition to supporting the most interesting music and sports events on the national and international scene.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta gear

The brand has always been synonymous with essential style capable of conveying strong emotions, technical research that is always at the cutting edge, plus superlative road holding and driving satisfaction, combined with the maximum efficiency of the vehicle and maximum onboard safety.

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The same values lie behind the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT and the other two most significant new features of the 2011 edition of the Motor Show - the MiTo TwinAir Turbo and the Giulietta 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo - able to combine respect for the environment with driving pleasure.

Therefore the spotlights are trained on the Giulietta Exclusive 170 HP 2.0 JTDM with Alfa TCT gearbox, the innovative twin dry clutch automatic transmission that ensures driving comfort and a sporty feeling superior to the automatic transmissions with torque converter, even if with lower running costs and fuel consumption.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta white

Available with the 170 HP 1.4 TB MultiAir petrol and 170 HP 2.0 JTDM diesel engines, the Giulietta TCT is the car with the best efficiency/performance ratio in its category. This transmission can operate in totally automatic or sequential mode by manually managing the “up and down” positions of the gear lever using the "shift paddles" on the steering wheel. In addition, the driver can customise his car's character using the Alfa DNA driving selector to enhance its features of comfort, performance, safety and efficiency.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2011

In particular, the Giulietta MultiAir with Alfa TCT is the most eco-friendly petrol compact in its category. In fact, extremely low fuel consumption and emissions (5.2 l/100 km in the combined cycle and 121 g/km emissions of CO2) and at the same time with excellent performance worthy of an Alfa Romeo are recorded: 218 km/h top speed and 7.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.

Even when fitted with the 170 HP 2.0 JTDM-2 diesel engine, the values are at the top of its category. In fact, compared to the same manual gearbox version, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h changes from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds, fuel consumption (combined cycle) drops from 4.7 l/100 km to 4.5 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions reach the record level for an engine of this category equal to 119 g/km (124 g/km with the manual gearbox). Without forgetting the low running costs together with low fuel consumption make it the ideal choice also for company fleets.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Red

The Giulietta Euro 5-compliant 120 HP 1.4 Turbo dual-fuel (LPG and petrol) will stand next to the Giulietta TCT on display at the Bologna show. It is a thrilling mix of power and technology in line with brand values because it is able to combine top-level performance with respect for the environment and low running costs.

Available in three different trim levels (Giulietta, Progression and Distinctive) for all European markets, the new version boasts performance at the top of its category. Specifically, with maximum power of 120 HP (88 kW) at 5000 rpm and with a maximum torque of 206 Nm (21 kgm) at 1750 rpm, the Giulietta LPG reaches a top speed of 195 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds.

One jewel on display at the Bologna show is the Giulietta flagship: the 235 HP 1750 TBi engine combined with the exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde trim level. This engine affords a specific torque of 195 Nm/litre, which is the highest of all petrol engines in this category and - an excellent feature - the maximum torque of 340 Nm is delivered at just 1,900 rpm. In detail, the 1750 Turbo petrol engine boasts advanced technological solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any “turbo lag”.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Inside

So the three Giulietta models displayed at the Bologna Motor Show are the demonstration of the performance of a car that is achieving excellent sales figures across the continent, also confirmed by its preservation of value over time, at the top of its category. At the cutting edge in terms of technology, the Giulietta is a functional car that affords roomy interiors and superior comfort besides a safety record (Euro NCAP 2010 5-star rating, with the highest score ever obtained by a compact saloon) and attentive to running costs, as demonstrated by the diesel engine servicing interventions to be carried out only every 35,000 km.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo finds the ideal showcase here for presenting the powerful 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo “Quadrifoglio Verde” and the new 85 HP TwinAir Turbo version that will debut in the forthcoming months, in perfect harmony with the dynamic spirit of the Motor Show, always representing a niche for young people and music. The innovative two-cylinder TwinAir engine was voted “International Engine of the Year 2011” and guarantees promptness of response and agility owing not only to an output of 85 HP at 5500 rpm, but above all to a remarkable torque of 145 Nm constant between 2000 and 3500 rpm. All with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions (only 98 g/km of CO2).

Space will also be given to the exclusive MiTo “Quadrifoglio Verde. It has been revamped with original and distinctive styling features and other contents of enormous interest in the field of comfort. The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, equipped with the powerful 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo (awarded Best New Engine of the Year 2010), offers the innovative “Alfa Active Suspension”, a system that actively and continuously controls the electronic shock absorbers developed by teaming the designers of Alfa Romeo with the latest engineering techniques from Magneti Marelli.

A blend of experience gained on the racetrack, the system allows the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde to excel even further in terms of agility and handling, giving it exceptional driveability and top level safety. Without considering that the “Alfa Active Suspension” system perfectly interfaces with the three different dynamic control settings of the "Alfa DNA" device (“Dynamic”, “Natural” and “All Weather”), managing all the applications on the car: from the ESP, steering and Q2 electronic differential to engine response and, if present, the Alfa TCT.

In addition, the public can admire a 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine combined with the TCT transmission kept in a glass case. It represents the sophisticated Alfa Romeo engines that owing to the set-up developed to optimise torque efficiency, maximise performance and minimise fuel consumption, therefore "performance never to the detriment of fuel consumption, and fuel consumption never to the detriment of performance".

Completing the display inside the stand is an interactive workstation that lets the public discover the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept with an innovative approach.  In detail, the user sits in front of a 100” monitor, is recognised by a special software program and from that point his hands will be able to give remote commands to turn the supercar through 360° without touching the screen. It is a fascinating experience that Alfa Romeo achieved in collaboration with the agency Seac02, specialised in the augmented reality technology field, to bring a unique excitement to the visitors.

Finally, visitors will be introduced to the products of FGA Capital, a finance company specialising in the automotive segment, through illustrative materials and certain dedicated publications handed out at the stand.  The finance company operates in Italy (with the Sava and Leasys-Savarent brands) and across Europe with a sole mission: supporting the sales of all Fiat Group Automobiles brand vehicles by offering innovative financial products with high added value services dedicated to the dealership network, private customers and companies.

Alfa Romeo TCT, the best automatic transmission in its category in terms of efficiency to performance ratio

The latest generation "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch automatic transmission is the benchmark of the category for its ratio between performance, fuel consumption and emissions, and is combined on the Giulietta with the 170 HP 1.4 TB MultiAir and 170 HP 2.0 JTDM engines. In particular, the innovative transmission ensures greater driving comfort and a sportier feeling than conventional automatic transmissions, but with improved efficiency and lower fuel consumption.

The Giulietta version with Alfa TCT is equipped with the 170 HP 1.4 TB MultiAir engine. Its top speed is 218 km/h with just 7.7 seconds needed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. Even if with this excellent performance, the fuel consumption and emissions are extremely low: 5.2 l/100 km over a combined cycle and 121 g/km of CO2, values that make the Giulietta the most environmentally-friendly and efficient petrol-powered compact on the market, even when compared with manual gearbox versions of competitors with distinctly lower power ratings and performance.

Even when fitted with the 170 HP 2.0 JTDM diesel engine, the values are record-breaking. In fact, compared to the same manual gearbox version, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h changes from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds, fuel consumption (combined cycle) drops from 4.7 l/100 km to 4.5 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions reach the record level for an engine of this category equal to 119 g/km (124 g/km with the manual gearbox).

In detail, the operation of the “Alfa TCT” transmission is distinguished by maximum interaction with the vehicle's systems. To allow for the best performance on the road, depending on the driving conditions and on the driver's wishes, the transmission interacts with the Alfa DNA, braking system, engine control and vehicle stability control system.

Thanks to the speed with which the parameters are processed, the transmission can modify the speed of gear shift and manage the torque delivery on low grip roads. The new “Alfa TCT” device conceptually consists of two gearboxes in parallel, each with its own clutch, which allows the selection and engagement of the subsequent gear while the previous one is still engaged.

The gear is therefore changed with a simple gradual switch of the corresponding clutches, guaranteeing continuous torque delivery and therefore traction. The result is a driving comfort and sporty feeling well above that offered by conventional automatic transmissions (with torque converter), as proven by greater speed of gear shift, the possibility of selecting between manual or automatic mode and a near-zero power loss during the gear change. Furthermore, the car management costs are limited and fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10% compared with a traditional automatic transmission, also thanks to the Start&Stop system adopted.

Other peculiar features of the new "Alfa TCT" are its flexibility of application, thanks to the compact size of its components, and the fact that it is a dry twin clutch (the type of clutch that guarantees the highest degree of efficiency in terms of fuel consumption among all automatic transmissions).

If we compare "Dry" clutches with oil bath ("Wet") ones, we can safely say that the former dissipate energy only during the actual slipping phase of the gear change and on pick-up, whereas wet clutches, which always operate in an oil bath, introduce losses due to viscous friction such as those of conventional automatic transmissions even when they are not in operation. They also require forced cooling with oil and therefore continuous energy expenditure to drive the dedicated oil pump (absent in the case of dry clutches).

A wet automatic transmission also requires approximately 4.8 litres more gearbox oil than the dry version, again for reasons of clutch cooling. In this way, weight is added and losses due to splashing increase. When all these effects are combined, a dry transmission is found to be approximately 6% more efficient than the corresponding wet one in terms of consumption. Last but not least, the advantages of the "Dry" clutch include the lower running cost and the increased ease of maintenance.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo
Having always been a byword for research and innovation in the engine field, Alfa Romeo is presenting the Giulietta 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo dual fuel (LPG and petrol) at the Bologna Motor Show. It is a thrilling mix of power and technology in line with brand values because it is able to combine top-level performance with respect for the environment and low running costs.

It is a new product, bound to appeal to all, which joins the many technological innovations that the brand can boast in its history: from twin spark ignition and first common rail diesel engine to variable valve timing and revolutionary MultiAir technology.

Equipped with the Euro 5-compliant 120 HP 1.4 Turbo bi-fuel engine, the new Giulietta LPG is available in three different trim levels (Giulietta, Progression and Distinctive) for all European markets, and boasts top of category performance and running costs. Specifically, with maximum power of 120 HP (88 kW) at 5000 rpm and maximum torque of 206 Nm (21 kgm) at 1750 rpm, the Giulietta LPG reaches a top speed of 195 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds.

Compared with petrol and diesel fuel, LPG cuts particulate emissions to zero and slashes the emission of other pollutant substances (up to 15% less carbon dioxide, up to 20% less carbon monoxide and up to 60% less unburnt hydrocarbons).

Thanks to these characteristics, LPG prolongs the life of the engine and improves the quality of the environment. Moreover, LPG supply is exempt from the restrictions of accessing city centres and ecological traffic restrictions, and it lets you park in car parks up to level -1. At the same time, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta LPG supply does not affect car performance, which is comparable to a petrol version.

Lastly, it must be remembered that LPG is a much cheaper fuel than petrol, diesel or methane (the price per litre is about 50% less than unleaded petrol) and the distribution network is widespread throughout Europe, with more than 10,000 points of sale.

Unlike a “transformation” in the aftermarket, the 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo engine has been totally redesigned for integration of the LPG system by using specific materials and components and applying dedicated technology. In detail, this engine has valves and valve seats with configurations and materials specially designed for LPG operation. It is equipped with a special intake system and all the additional electrical wiring already built-in.

What's more, for this engine Alfa Romeo has developed a brand-new single engine control unit able to manage both types of fuel. Moreover, the LPG system is factory-fitted for maximum reliability and integration (each car is certified, tested and guaranteed by Alfa Romeo Automobiles and, as such, can take advantage of the government incentive schemes in various European countries).

The Giulietta Turbo LPG always starts up on petrol and switches automatically to LPG when optimal conditions are achieved (engine water temperature, minimum engine rpm threshold). It is of course possible to switch from one fuel to another whilst driving by pressing a special button built into the dashboard on the central tunnel. If the driver finishes the LPG inside the tank, switching to petrol operation takes place automatically to ensure a smooth drive.

The toroid type (ring-shaped) LPG tank has a 38-litre capacity and is located in the spare wheel housing. The LPG tank is certified in accordance with current regulations to guarantee maximum safety in all environmental and operating conditions. In Italy, the tank has a life of 10 years from the registration date of the car. If the car has been registered in another country, the LPG tank duration and testing/inspection procedures may vary depending on the national regulations in force in that country.

Technical specifications of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo

  • BODY DIMENSIONS
  • SPECIFICATIONS Number of seats 5
  • Number of doors 5
  • length/width (mm) 4351/1798
  • height (mm) 1465
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2634
  • Front/rear track (mm) 1554/1554
  • Boot capacity (dm3) 275
  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • SPECIFICATIONS No. of cylinders, arrangement 4
  • Bore × stroke (mm) 72x84
  • Displacement (cm3) 1368
  • Compression ratio  9.8:1
  • Maximum power output kW (HP - EC) at rpm (NORMAL) 88/120 at 5000 rpm
  • Maximum power output kW (HP - EC) at rpm (DYNAMIC) 88/120 at 5000 rpm
  • Peak torque Nm (kgm - EC) at rpm (NORMAL) 206 (21) at 1750 rpm
  • Peak torque Nm (kgm - EC) at rpm (DYNAMIC)
  • Timing system (drive) Toothed belt with hydraulic tappets with fixed timing
  • Power supply Electronic fuel injection
  • Sequential Multipoint
  • phased, electronically
  • controlled with turbo and
  • Intercooler
  • Stop&Start system N/A
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Battery: capacity (Ah) / Generator (A) 63Ah/450
  • TRANSMISSION Drive front
  • Gearbox 6-speed manual
  • First 1:4.154
  • Second 1:2.118
  • Third 1:1.484
  • Fourth 1:1.116
  • Fifth 1:0.897
  • Sixth 1:0.767
  • Reverse 1:4.000
  • Final drive torque 1:3.579
  • TYRES Tyre size 205/55 R16 91V
  • Rim size 7J x 16
  • STEERING SYSTEM Steering box Dual Pinion
  • Turning circle (kerb to kerb) (m) 10.9
  • BRAKES: D (DISC) Front (mm) 281
  • Rear (mm) 264
  • CAPACITIES - WEIGHTS Fuel tank (litres) 60 + 38 (LPG)
  • Kerb weight  (kg) 1392
  • Max towing weight (kg) non-braked 500
  • Max towing weight (kg) braked 1300
  • PERFORMANCE Max. speed (km/h) 195
  • Acceleration (1 person + 30 kg) 0-100 km/h (s) 10.3
  • FUEL CONSUMPTION - EMISSIONS as per directive 1999/100/EC                                           Urban cycle (l/100km)  8.5 (p)  -  10.9 (lpg)
  • Extra-urban cycle (l/100km)  5.2 (p)  -  6.8 (lpg)
  • Combined cycle (l/100km)  6.4 (p)  -  8.3 (lpg)
  • CO2  emissions (g/km) 149 (p)  -  134 (lpg)
  • Service 30,000 km
  • Environmental classification Euro 5
  • Pick-up in lowest gear from 60 to 100 km/h 11.1
  • Pick-up in highest gear from 80 to 120 km/h 14.9

Alfa Romeo MiTo 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo
The Alfa Romeo MiTo has a revamped image as a high-tech car while retaining its position as a sporty compact car capable of winning over customers who care for details and maximum driving pleasure.

And today, in keeping with its essence of cutting-edge model, the Alfa Romeo MiTo introduces the revolutionary 85 HP TwinAir Turbo that will become available in the upcoming months and that represents the state of the art in the automotive engineering field in terms of technology, performance and eco-friendliness.

Named "International Engine of the Year 2011" and the first of a new family of two-cylinder engines developed by Fiat Powertrain, this 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine develops 85 HP at 5,500 rpm of full power and a torque of 145 Nm at 2000 rpm.

In detail, the innovative engine uses MultiAir technology combined with specific fluid dynamics optimised for maximum fuel efficiency. Excellent performance and above all great flexibility and response with all torque available from 2000 rpm and constant up to 3500 rpm is achieved with the turbocharger. The MiTo fitted with the TwinAir engine is able to supply between 10% and 25% more torque compared with the 105 and 78 HP petrol engines currently in the range.

The new engine is therefore distinguished by excellent performance that transforms into promptness of response, driving excitement and fun for the driver, but TwinAir technology is a true technological gem when it comes to fuel consumption.

By using the Start & Stop device and the smart alternator, the MiTo with TwinAir engine has the lowest value of CO2 emissions with petrol engines in its segment: 98 g/km. In other words, this means a considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emissions (up to 30% less than an engine of equal performance). In fact, it is a petrol engine with fuel consumption and running costs in line with diesel engines. An agile engine thrifty in consumption, suitable for driving about town, but also top performing and fun for longer trips.

These two souls of the same engine can be selected by the driver with the Alfa DNA dynamics selector. With a simple move the driver can decide between a higher performing and dynamic driving style (Dynamic) and one more attentive to fuel consumption (Natural). Depending on its selection, the calibration of the engine control unit changes with a reduction of torque by 35 Nm (from 145 in Dynamic mode to 110 Nm in Natural mode).

In addition to the new features under the bonnet, the MiTo TwinAir displayed in Bologna offers the new exclusive metallic Ametista Black body colour, a new design of the light alloy rims and a completely revamped interior: two-tone interiors produced with brand-new black upholstery for the dashboard insert and cream-coloured door panels.

A new high-tech fabric has been developed for the seats, consisting of a smooth, compact elastic mesh yet at the same time fine and shiny like silk, emphasised by the electro-welded graphics with two-tone black and cream double insert and the “breaked line” titanium sign teamed with the seams on the surrounds and the colour of the dashboard trim.

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde with “Alfa Active Suspension”
The second MiTo on display in Bologna presents the dynamic spirit of the model to the general public. It is a model featuring the “Quadrifoglio Verde”, a legendary symbol which over the years has identified some of Alfa Romeo's sportiest products. Like the rest of the 2011 range, this exclusive trim level also presents important style and product innovations, such as a new active suspension system called “Alfa Active Suspension”.

The system, developed as a joint venture between Alfa Romeo and Magneti Marelli, is able to call on the extraordinary experience both companies have accrued in motorsport throughout the world. The system - through the control of the shock absorbers - reduces vehicle oscillation in all driving conditions, ensuring better safety, comfort and driveability.

In particular, thanks to the many parameters controlled by the new device, it is possible - for example - to counteract load transfer in acceleration, by stiffening the rear and guaranteeing fast acceleration with maximum traction. Via the same principle, it is possible to make the suspensions interact with the braking system and steering to obtain more effective control of the dynamics of the vehicle.

The system is also able to identify the driving and road surface conditions to then choose the most appropriate control mechanisms, in addition to harnessing the reaction speed due to the high calculation capacity and to the specific technology of the shock absorber solenoid valves. The end result is an instantaneous response, with controls applied in real time, to assist the perception and technique of the driver.

Besides being an important technological driving aid for the sportier driver, the new "active suspension system" also ensures an excellent comfort level during everyday use conditions. Thanks to the “Sky Hook” function, the device isolates the passenger compartment, making it completely protected from outside stresses and strains. Therefore, with this new system the chassis changes its performance based on the use conditions or the driver's request.

The interface between the car and driver is guaranteed by the “Alfa DNA” with which in addition to the standard functions it will be possible to regulate the car's geometry according to the selected drive mode. “Alfa DNA” has three operating modes which the customer can select: Dynamic (sports driving mode), Natural (driving mode for normal conditions and for increasing efficiency and lowering fuel consumption and emissions) and All Weather (mode for driving in poor grip conditions, such as rain or snow).

In detail, with the introduction of the “active suspension”, the device operates on all the elements of the vehicle dynamic control: Engine Control Unit, Instrument Panel, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), Steering and Suspensions (for example, in “Dynamic” mode they become stiffer, improving handling).

But the new "active suspension system" is not the only innovation of the MiTo “Quadrifoglio Verde”. A new front surround under the badge that broadens the lower part of the front, emphasising the impression of a car with a vice-like grip on the ground, stands out on the original version.

The new style innovations also include the new high-quality exterior “Quadrifoglio Verde” logos in micro brushed aluminium with the four-leaved clover in relief, situated above the direction indicators; the rear-view mirror casings, the headlight and taillight frames and the handles proposed with an exclusive satin chrome material; a new sporty seat with a central part in Alcantara®, soft and velvety to touch, teamed with a brand new fabric which is highly resistant to wear; aggressive and highly sporty “totally black” interiors; the details of the two-tone (green and white) artisanal seams on the seats, steering wheel, hand brake lever and knob which are the perfect expression of the trim level's spirit.

There are also a few new optionals: the 18” alloy wheels with specific treatment and the sporty Sabelt seats with a wraparound backrest in carbon fibre made using innovative RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) technology which teams high mechanical resistance with smaller dimensions and lightness, where the central fabric in Alcantara® stands out thanks to the Alfa Romeo logo, reproduced in an absolutely original way.

The exclusive “Quadrifoglio Verde” version is fitted with the most powerful engine in the range, also named by an international jury as the “Best new engine of the year 2010”, the 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo. Alfa Romeo has chosen to equip it with some innovative solutions that accentuate the model's outstanding qualities: road grip, agility, safety assist and a driving feeling are emphasised by an engine which has one of the world's highest specific power values and a chassis worthy of a higher category.

This engine's best feature is its outstanding weight/power ratio, which has always been one of the key factors behind Alfa Romeo's success on the road and the racetrack. It is at the top of its category with 6.7 kg/HP. At 124 HP/litre, this engine is also one of the world leaders in specific power.

This is a particularly important value because it proves the effectiveness of downsizing, aimed at producing high-tech engines to achieve better performance allied with sharp reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. Indeed, it is this latter area which provides the most surprising evidence of the technical level achieved: 4.8 l/100 km and 139 g/km of CO2 (in the extra-urban cycle) are closer to what you would expect from an economy car than a compact sports car that goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7 seconds.