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.