Alfa Romeo’s auto/manual sequential twin-clutch transmission (TCT) system is now available on its Giulietta - as well as the MiTo which got it earlier in 2012.
Now Giulietta goes dual-clutch
It's the latest dual dry clutch six-speed to go with the brand's MultiAir engines and start/stop fuel-saving system and the driver can customise its settings through Alfa's DNA driving selector.
The new Alfa TCT consists of “two gearboxes” in parallel, one for even gears and one for odd, each with its own clutch which primes instant selection and engagement of the subsequent gear while the previous one is still engaged.
Fiat claims fuel consumption can fall by as much as 10% compared to traditional auto transmissions.
GIULIETTA TCT DISTINCTIVE
The Giulietta TCT is powered by a 125kW 1.4 Turbo MultiAir engine. The TCT system sees fuel consumption reduced from 5.8/100km on the manual to 5.2/100 km for the TCT over a combined cycle. The TCT is also claimed to be "greener" with CO2 emissions of 121g/km, 13 less than manual.
Standard kit includes Blue&Me connectivity, 17" alloy rims, auto aircon, leather steering wheel with paddle-shifts, trip data computer and front armrest with a goodies bin. The fascia has a new insert in grey, white, red or aluminum.
The TCT takes the Giulietta range to four derivatives - Progression, Distinctive, Distinctive TCT and Quadrifoglio Verde.
Giulietta 1.4 Turbo Multiair Distinctive TCT - R315 000 (includes six-year or 90 000km service plan and a five-year or 150 000km warranty).