The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde is just about perfect. A well-sorted modern chassis, a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged 505 horsepower V6 and styling that could make even the most jaded design critics weak in the knees. There’s just one problem: it won’t be offered with a manual transmission in the United States.
Speaking to Road & Track, a Fiat Chrysler representative confirmed the manual transmission Giulia QV would not make the cross continental swim stateside. The high-performance four-door is offered with a row-your-own gearbox in Europe, but FCA says North American consumers’ lack of enthusiasm for manuals prompted them to only offer it with the eight-speed automatic transmission in the U.S.
We understand Alfa’s decision not to offer the manual Giulia QV to American customers, but it’s still a bit of a surprise. As R&T points out, all the cars it shipped to U.S. auto shows this year were equipped with manual transmissions and the company also sent the manual transmission version of the car around the Nurburgring first. It sent the automatic version around after and promptly broke a lap record – but it still seemed eager to promote the six-speed version of the car.
FCA said it has no plans “at this time,” to stick a manual on the U.S. spec Giulia, so if consumers clamor enough, we just might see it offered on the car here one day. We hope you don’t mind automatics in the meantime, prospective U.S. Alfa buyers.