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Alfa Romeo Alfasud

Alfa Romeo Alfasud

If only the Alfasud had been better built, it could have been an enormous success. Hailed at launch as the finest compact family car in Europe, the Alfa combined characterful flat-four engines with a chassis that wouldn't have been out of place on a sports car. It might have been competing against the likes of the Fiat 124 and Opel Kadett, but the Sud was a driver's dream. Unfortunately, it was terribly put together. It was manufactured in a new factory in Naples, Southern Italy, thanks to a Italian government subsidy to bring employment to the deprived regions of the country. Unfortunately, low-cost labor and cheap bought-in metal meant production standards were shoddy, and most Alfasuds rusted away within the first few years of ownership. Later cars were better, but by then it was too late to save the car's reputation.

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Specifications

Top speed:106 mph (169 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.8 sec
Engine type:Flat four
Displacement:78.4ci (1,286cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:76 bhp (57 kW) at 6,000 rpm
Max torque:76 lb-ft (103 Nm) at 3,500 rpm
Weight:1,848 lb (831 kg)
Economy:30mpg (10.7 km/I)

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