18 Mar 2014
2014 ALFA ROMEO RANGE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED TO THE MEDIA ON THE ISLE OF MAN
- Three new 2014 models: Alfa Romeo MiTo, Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Alfa Romeo 4C, launched to the media on the Isle of Man from March 17-19
- New Alfa Romeo MiTo on sale in the UK priced from £14,350 OTR
- Alfa Romeo MiTo Highlights include revamped interior and new 105hp TwinAir engine
- Streamlined model range with new colours and more equipment
- UconnectTM five-inch, colour touchscreen infotainment system as standard
- 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta on sale in the UK priced from £18,235 OTR
- Exterior revisions include a new grille, new alloy wheels and new colours
- Interior upgrades include new seats, new door trims and a new steering wheel, plus new upholsteries and revised switchgear
- UconnectTM colour touchscreen infotainment system, with Bluetooth and DAB, standard across
- Improved emissions across the engine range plus more performance from the 2.0-litre JTDM-2
- Alfa Romeo 4C marks a return to lightweight sports coupés for the brand
- Advanced materials and construction ensure lightness and rigidity
- Compact, agile and engineered for pure driving satisfaction
- Supercar performance with impressive economy and emissions
- On sale in the UK in October priced from £45,000 OTR
The 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo has gone on sale in UK offering customers higher specification, revised interiors, subtle styling enhancements and even more advanced technologies, including the UconnectTM five-inch, colour, touch-screen infotainment system as standard equipment and the addition of the new 105hp TwinAir engine to the range.
Externally the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo benefits from a new, chromed front grille; titanium grey headlamp and tail lamp surrounds; tinted rear windows and a sports rear bumper, as well as a revised colour palette that now includes a new "Matte Magnesio Grey" finish.
The interior is thoroughly revised with new dashboards, upgraded plastics and a new UconnectTM five-inch, touch-screen infotainment system with voice recognition, Bluetooth, steering wheel remote controls, USB/Aux ports and optional satellite navigation.
A comprehensive array of traction, braking and stability control systems is standard on all Alfa Romeo MiTo models and these systems, along with steering effort and throttle response, can be adjusted via Alfa Romeo's trademark Alfa D.N.A. three-mode selectable driving mode system. Where fitted, Alfa SDC adaptive suspension and ALFA TCT transmission settings are also adjustable via the Alfa D.N.A. system.
The model line-up has been streamlined with four trim levels now available: Sprint, Distinctive, Sportiva and Quadrifoglio Verde (QV). In addition to the features listed above, all models are equipped with Start& Stop; air conditioning; a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; electric windows and mirrors; seven airbags; front fog lamps; a rear spoiler and alloy wheels.
"Distinctive" highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels; cruise control; rear parking sensors and a front centre arm rest, while "Sportiva" includes 18-inch QV sports alloy wheels; a QV steering wheel and hand-brake lever (trimmed in black leather with green stitching); satin-effect exterior highlights and special badges. The high-performance QV adds red, four-piston Brembo brake callipers, SDC active suspension system, bespoke sports seats with uprated upholstery and special QV wing badges.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo engine range now comprises five turbo-charged engines, all with Start&Stop as standard - three petrol and two diesel units. The 875cc TwinAir Turbo engine benefits from a 20hp boost in performance - now 105hp - which translates in a 0-62mph time that's 1.1 seconds faster than the previous 85hp version. Despite the additional performance, the Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir remains impressively efficient, with a combined fuel economy figure of 67.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
A new 1.4 TB MultiAir 140hp, equipped with the ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission as standard, will join the line-up shortly - more details to be announced soon - while the diesel range consists of the 1.3 JTDM-2 85hp and 1.6 JTDM-2 120hp power plants.
Prices for the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo start at £14,350 for the 105hp TwinAir Sprint.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is now on sale in the UK with renewed style, new engines and more technological content than ever before. Launched in the UK in 2010, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta remains the most eye-catching and attractive car and in its segment and, as a consequence, the styling revisions for 2014 have been carefully considered, with a new front grille design; revised front fog light bezels; new 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and new exterior colours (Luna Pearl, Cobalto Blue and Metallo Bronze) to further enhance its appeal.
The interior of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta benefits from more extensive revisions: The standard UconnectTM multimedia system takes pride of place in the redesigned, high-quality dashboard, with the associated USB/Aux ports now relocated to a more convenient position in the centre console.
The all-new UconnectTM system, fitted as standard across the entire 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range, is operated via its five-inch colour touch screen or using voice commands and includes Bluetooth® connectivity, wireless music streaming, hands-free SMS reading and DAB (digital radio). Alfa Romeo Giulietta models fitted with satellite navigation benefit from a larger 6.5-inch screen with 3D bird's-eye maps, intelligent route guidance and a one-step destination entry function with voice command. Both systems have been developed in collaboration with first-class partners: Harman and Here Auto for UconnectTM 6.5" and Continental for UconnectTM 5".
New door trim panels and a sporty new steering wheel design bring improved quality and more style to the cabin, while the redesigned seats not only exude Italian craftsmanship, they are also more comfortable and more enveloping - particularly in terms of upper-body lateral support - and are presented in a variety of new upholstery and leather finishes. Extensively revised sound insulation also provides a quieter and more relaxed driving environment.
Under the bonnet, every engine in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta range benefits from improved efficiency and lower emissions which doesn't just make the Alfa Romeo Giulietta more environmentally friendly, it also results in lower fuel bills and reduced Benefit-in-Kind costs for company car drivers. The 1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp ALFA TCT, for example, now drops into the 15% BIK band, while the diesel-powered 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp drops from the 17% BIK band down to the 15% band. The new 150hp 2.0 JTDM-2 engine, which debuts on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, doesn't just offer more power and torque compared to the previous 140hp 2.0 JTDM-2 engine, it also produces 9g/km less in terms of CO2 emissions, dropping it into the 17% BIK band.
The heart of the new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp engine is its third-generation Common Rail injection system that uses innovative injectors capable of controlling the amount of diesel injected into the combustion chamber with maximum precision and flexibility, thanks to its balanced hydraulic servo valve. Up to eight injections per stroke are possible together with injection strategies that optimise the combustion process. The Injection Rate Shaping (IRS) system, for example, involves two consecutive injections so close together in time it generates a continuous and modulated fuel supply into the cylinders. In this way the combustion process is improved with quieter operation with reduced particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, and because the injection system has 40% fewer components it also offers greater simplicity and reliability.
Regardless of engine choice, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta driver always has the option of customising their car's driving character using the standard Alfa D.N.A. driving selector, allowing them to find the ideal blend of comfort, performance, safety and efficiency for the prevailing conditions.
Built on Alfa Romeo's most advanced architecture with a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta provides not only one of the most enjoyable driving experiences in its class, it's also one of the safest cars on the road. In addition to VDC, six airbags, three-point seat belts with double pre-tensioner, an anti-whiplash system and a third load line for excellent passenger compartment protection, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is also fitted with the Alfa D.N.A. driving selector, Electronic Q2 differential, DST (which prompts drivers to apply the correct steering input in the event of an emergency through impulses at the wheel) and a Pre-Fill system which arms the brakes for emergency braking situations when it senses the drive may be losing control of the vehicle. As a further safety measure for 2014, a tyre pressure monitoring system, is also now standard across the Alfa Romeo Giulietta range.
At launch, four trim levels are offered: Progression, Distinctive, Exclusive and Sportiva Nav.
Compared to the entry-level Turismo model it replaces, standard equipment on the new Progression model now includes new 16-inch alloy wheels; the UconnectTM infotainment system with steering wheel remote controls; DAB (digital radio); Bluetooth® connectivity; tyre pressure monitoring; rear electric windows and new seat fabrics with matching dashboard, door and central tunnel inserts. This equates to almost £1,700 worth of additional standard equipment for a modest £470 price increase compared to the outgoing Turismo.
Carryover standard features include the Alfa D.N.A. driving selector, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights, VDC stability control and Alfa Romeo's Electronic Q2 differential. Two engines are offered with the Progression trim: The 1.4 TB 120hp turbo petrol and the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp turbo diesel.
The new Distinctive trim level, which replaces Lusso, benefits from new 16-inch turbine-design alloy wheels and chrome-effect mirrors, while the interior is upgraded with new upholstery; new trim inserts and a cooled glove-box as part of its 2014 revisions. Combined with the DAB and TPMS upgrades, this equates to almost £700 worth of extra equipment for an additional £470. Standard Distinctive equipment, in addition to that already fitted to Progression, also includes rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, front fog lights, chrome-effect window surrounds, sports dials, an alarm system, a height-adjustable passenger seat and a front armrest with storage. The Distinctive petrol range includes the 1.4 TB 120hp and 1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp engines while the diesel range includes the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp turbo diesel and Alfa Romeo's new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp engine.
The new Exclusive trim level takes the place of Veloce for 2014 and benefits from new 17-inch alloy wheels and new leather and micro-fibre upholstery, plus rain-sensing wipers; automatic headlights; electric-folding door mirrors; dark tinted windows; an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror; a rear arm-rest and electric front-seat lumbar support. In total, close to £2,000 worth of additional features are now standard while the price increase is just £920. Exclusive models are also equipped with a sports suspension; sports leather steering wheel with red stitching; aluminium sports pedals and kick-plates; darkened headlight clusters; satin-effect mirror covers and side body skirts. The Exclusive engine range is comprised of the 1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp (available as a six-speed manual or with the six-speed ALFA TCT transmission); the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp and the new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp.
The new Sportiva Nav trim level benefits from the standard features of the outgoing Sportiva model - its sports suspension; 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark titanium finish; red Brembo brake callipers with uprated discs and unique badging - but is now fitted with a sports steering wheel with white stitching; leather and Alcantara upholstery; front parking sensors and, as the name suggests, a new 6.5-inch UconnectTM satellite navigation system, with TMS, all as standard. The 2014 Sportiva Nav engine range is comprised of the 1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp (available as a manual or with the ALFA TCT transmission) and the new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp engine, with prices increasing by just £810 despite more than £2,500 worth of additional equipment now being offered as standard.
Prices for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta start at £18,235 for the 1.4 TB 120hp Progression, while the diesel range starts at £19,170 for the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Progression. Prices for Alfa Romeo Giulietta models powered by the new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp engine start at £21,720 in Distinctive trim. The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is on sale in the UK now and is available for customers to test drive at Alfa Romeo dealerships nationwide.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Designed and engineered by Alfa Romeo and built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C employs the latest technologies of Alfa Romeo's newest models: The new, all-aluminium 1750 Turbo Petrol engine; the latest-generation "ALFA TCT" dry twin clutch transmission and the Alfa D.N.A. driving mode selector - now with a new "Race" mode.
Carbon-fibre was chosen for the one-piece monocoque due its high levels of structural rigidity and exceptionally low weight - just 65kg - and is built using sophisticated Formula 1-derived technologies, evolved especially for Alfa Romeo for series production of up to 1,000 units per year. SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound), which is lighter than both steel and aluminium, is used for the bodywork while even the thickness of the glass has been slimmed down by 15% to help reduce the Alfa Romeo 4C's overall weight.
Less than 4m in length and with a wheelbase of 2.38m, the Alfa Romeo 4C's compact shape accentuates its remarkable agility: With a dry weight of 895kg and a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, the Alfa Romeo 4C is capable of generating 1.1g of lateral acceleration and in excess of 1.2g of deceleration force.
To optimise handling, its double-wishbone front suspension is secured directly to the monocoque while the rear uses a performance-tuned McPherson arrangement. The brakes, engineered with track use in mind, employ a patented aluminium/cast iron hybrid construction complete with ventilated, cross-drilled 305mm/292mm discs (F/R) clamped by Brembo callipers. 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are standard, while 18/19-inch wheels with Alfa Romeo's signature, five-hole "telephone dial" design are optional.
Power comes courtesy of a new four-cylinder turbo engine which, thanks to its aluminium block, is 22kg lighter than the engine that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. Turbo-charged and with direct injection, this new 1750 Turbo Petrol unit sets new torque and specific power records for this size of engine, at over 200Nm- and 137hp-per-litre respectively. Its maximum power output is 240hp at 6,000 rpm while its maximum torque output is 350Nm (258 lb ft), available between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. To underline the flexible nature of this new engine, 80% of its torque is available from just 1,800 rpm.
Accelerating from 0 to 62mph takes just 4.5 seconds in the new Alfa Romeo 4C and top speed is 160mph, but this supercar performance isn't at the expense of the environment. Due to its light weight and advanced engine and transmission technologies, the emissions of the Alfa Romeo 4C fall well within the strict limits of Euro 6. Its official combined-cycle fuel economy figure is 41.5MPG and its CO2 emissions are just 157g/km.
Being an Alfa Romeo, the driving experience is more than just raw statistics. The exhaust has been tuned to emit a full, rich sound and particular attention paid to the seat design so the movement and reactions of the car can be 'felt' properly. The steering, unassisted, is progressive, direct and engineered to convey as much feedback and feel as possible. The steering ratio (16.2) is such as to allow 90% of bends to be taken without having take to your hands off the steering wheel. Both brake and throttle responsiveness have also been tuned to match with the dynamic nature of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Inside the Alfa Romeo 4C, the exposed carbon-fibre chassis and driver-oriented controls leave you in no doubt as to the purposeful nature of the car. In place of traditional dials, a multi-function, digital display occupies the instrument binnacle and the steering wheel is a bespoke, flat-bottomed, two-spoke item with integrated paddle gear-shifters. The remaining controls are grouped together on the tunnel console, including the button-operated ALFA TCT transmission selector and the Alfa D.N.A. system selector, which alters the operational parameters of the engine, transmission, ESC and Electronic Q2 differential depending on the driver's requirements. Composite bucket seats and aluminium pedals complete the minimalistic, drive-focussed cabin.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is on sale in the UK priced from £45,000 on the road.
About the Isle of Man
With an approximate area of just 221 square miles, and located in the Irish sea between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the Isle of Man has a population of 84,000 and its capital is Douglas to the east. Interestingly, despite the Isle's location, it is not a member of the EU. Its economy is based around tourism, financial services, manufacturing and e-business.
The island has a total of 688 miles of public roads and in areas denoted by derestricted signs, there is no national speed limit. A mecca for motorcycle racing fans, the Isle of Man "Tourist Trophy" attracted 39,224 visitors in 2013 and entries for the 2014 TT are over-subscribed meaning only 200 entrants will be lucky enough to make the start line. The first motor race on the island took place in 1904 and was actually a car race: The Gordon Bennett Eliminating Trial, which was limited to touring automobiles. The first motorcycle race took place the following year: The 1905 International Motor-Cycle Cup Race.
The first TT race over the Snaefell Mountain Course took place in 1911, the year after Alfa Romeo was established, with the current 37 ¾ mile course established in 1920. The modern king of the TT Mountain Course is John McGuiness who currently holds four TT records including the outright 17m11.572s lap record at an average speed of 131.671mph. The most successful TT rider was Joey Dunlop who has 26 wins in various classes between 1977 and 2000, followed by John McGuiness who currently has 20 victories.
The Isle of Man's extensive coastline, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches make it a natural holiday destination for adventure-seekers. Water sports, mountain-biking and walking excursions are amongst the most popular active pursuits, while marine creatures such as seals, basking sharks and dolphins can often be spotted around the south of the Island and the huge population of birds that visit the Island each year visible in the north. The indigenous Manx cat is distinguished by a naturally-occurring mutation, which shortens its tail, and cats are classified according to the length of their tails, ranging from Rumpies and Stumpies, which have no tail or a partial tail, to Longies, which have a half- to
Those seeking less vigorous pursuits can avail of the year-round programme of arts and cultural entertainment, while local Manx delicacies include Loughton lamb, award-winning cheeses, kippers (smoked herring), Manx Queenies (scallops) and local ales.
The island is also home to the world's largest working waterwheel, Lady Isabella; Castle Rushen, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval fortresses as well as fully-functional Victorian steam trains and electric trams.
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