Alfa Romeo is celebrating the end of an era with an exclusive special edition of its Giulietta hatchback.
Just 35 units of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Edizione Finale will be offered in Australia.
It’s available to order now, with deliveries to customers underway.
The final edition is priced at $48,950 before on-road costs.
It’s based on the top-spec Veloce version of the moribund Giulietta, which is priced at $42,950 before on-road costs.
For the extra outlay, you get a Magneti Mareli ‘Elaborazioni 1919’ sport exhaust system and a series of both dark and bright highlights.
The Brembo brake calipers are finished in yellow, a colour that can also be found at the base of the grille and on the stitching inside the cabin.
Carbon fibre-style trim can be found on the grille, exterior mirror covers and side skirts, while the 18-inch alloy wheels have a dark finish.
Heated, power-adjustable front seats and a panoramic sunroof – optional on the Veloce – are standard on the Edizione Finale.
That’s in addition to features standard on the Veloce, which include:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Adaptive bi-Xenon headlights with washers
- Sports suspension
- Dual exhaust outlets
- Paddle shifters
- Aluminium pedals
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leather upholstery
- Cruise control
- Dual-zone climate control
- Automatic headlights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
Only three colours are available: Alfa White, Anodized Blue and Magnesium Grey Matte.
You get the same 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as in the Veloce, producing 177kW of power and 340Nm of torque.
It’s mated to a six-speed dry dual-clutch automatic transmission, with Alfa Romeo claiming a 0-100km/h time of 6.0 seconds.
It’s the end of an era as Alfa Romeo is both discontinuing the Giulietta after just over a decade in production and leaving the small hatchback segment entirely.
The Giulietta won’t be directly replaced, though Alfa Romeo is introducing a small SUV called the Tonale and has an even smaller SUV in the works.
The Tonale has been delayed again and now isn’t expected to be launched in Europe in early 2022.
Alfa Romeo has offered a small hatchback since it updated the Alfasud in 1980.
The Alfasud was replaced by the 33, which was in turn replaced by the 145 and 146 duo not sold here. An Alfa hatch finally returned to Australia with the 147 in 2001, which was in turn replaced by the Giulietta.
Other Alfa Romeo hatchbacks over the years have included the smaller, Fiat Punto-based MiTo, as well as the Arna, a rebadged N12-series Nissan Cherry (Pulsar) built in Italy.