U.S.-Bound Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Nixes Manual Transmission
Alfa Romeo has pulled a fast one on us Americans by removing a key feature through the 505-hp Giulia Quadrifoglio‘s U.S. equipment list: a manual transmission. FCA currently says which the high-performance sedan will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic here, contradicting a previous announcement which the Getrag six-speed manual transmission would likely be standard equipment.
We’re disappointed, obviously, even though the automatic-transmission Quadrifoglio was a minute quicker around the Nürburgring than the manual. The six-speed gearbox still will be offered in Europe. Alfa said a low take rate for manuals from the States prompted the company to nix the stick-shift option on our shores. Even so, BMW offers a manual transmission for the M3, along with Cadillac does the same for the ATS-V, so Alfa could be missing out on a few high-performance-sedan customers who insist on a clutch pedal.
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The more mainstream Alfa Romeo Giulia types, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, also do without a manual transmission—which we’ve known all along. Both versions of the completely new sedan are set to go on sale from the U.S. early next year.