Alfa Romeo knows its UK clients love fast compact cars and launches a special edition for the current Giulietta. It is a sign Alfa Romeo has not forgotten its ”cuore sportive” philosphy.

The new addition to the range is called Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale and is based, as its name suggests, on the Sprint trim level. Compared to the standard version, the car has a more performance-oriented equipment.

The Sprint Speciale adds sports suspension, 17-inch sports alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, aluminium pedals and Quadrifoglio-style sports seats as standard.

Inside, the equipment list grows with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, special silver dashboard trim, the ‘Visibility Pack’ and cruise control.

The Sprint Speciale engine range includes the 1.4 TB MultiAir 150hp, priced from £23,320 with a six-speed manual or £24,745 with the six-speed ALFA TCT (including steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters). The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale powered by the 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp is priced from £24,180 while the 2.0 JTDM-2 175hp ALFA TCT version is priced from £26,340 OTR.