Alfa Romeo has no plans to offer its new Giulia with a manual transmission in North America.
A FCA spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track that the brand has no plans to offer the six-speed manual on this side of the Atlantic, at least not for now. This includes the sports-focused Giulia Quadrifoglio, which uses a turbocharged V6 sending 503 horsepower to the rear wheels.
As can be expected, FCA says that the stick shift isn’t coming to the US based on the market’s lack of sales for cars with three pedals. This stands in contrast to its competition, cars like the BMW M3/M4 and the Cadillac ATS-V which offer a manual. Even the standard variants of the 3-Series and ATS offer manual transmissions.
Alfa Romeo claimed a Nurburgring lap record with the Giulia Quadrifoglio outfitted with a six-speed manual, though it was quickly stolen by the Porsche Panamera. To reclaim the record of fastest production sedan around the famous German track, Alfa Romeo sent back a Giulia fitted with the eight-speed automatic and improved its lap time by a full seven seconds, reclaiming the lap record.
[Source: Road & Track]
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