is anybody else really upset that they are not offering the new guila in a 6 speed manual.
First time seeing this thread. I haven't read through the myriad responses cuz I don't want any bias to blunt my response...
My answer is "No, absolutely not. Not in the Giulia, far from it".
I test drove the new Giulia in its 4cyl 2.0l, model and I'm not disappointed whatsoever, for several reasons.
PERFORMANCE - The Giulia's 8speed automatic is tuned to be EXACTLY what I'd want the tranny to be doing for me on a track. Not even on public roads. Coming to the end of the straight, then hard late braking deep into the turn, get on the throttle just before apex, and the power is all RIGHT THERE, 100% ready to be put to the pavement, not a moment lost .. I had it out for nearly an hour of hard driving, and the 8speed auto is tuned with the logic of track driving SO well, there is simply NOTHING to complain about. And here we are talking about a road car with 99% of owners driving on public roads.
OK, I GET IT, YOU WANT TO SHIFT IT YOURSELF - So, you aren't the type who wants the engine to upshift until its well into the power band? OK, you just push the stick to -M+ mode and you manually select your gears with the stick. If you choose the Sport option package, in addition to both the above modes, you get a column-mount paddle shift, which works in perfect harmony with the Auto mode and Manual mode.
OH, BUT I'M A PURIST AND NOT HAVING A CLUTCH PEDAL IS LAME LAME LAME - This is a person I can not help. If you want "old school" 3-pedal technology, it's just not what the Giulia is about and you'd be absolutely right to eschew it.
In this case you don't care about the outright performance granted you by the Automatic, or you think you can shift better - but you long for the nostalgic experience of yore when Men Were Men and you revved to peak power before shifting. Well, Alfa is embracing new technology and leaving the old behind. Generally the manual marketshare in Sports and GT cars is 5-to-7% and dropping. Across the whole range it is 3%. It's not financially sensible for Alfa to support such a small segment when the Auto with M mode options provide better performance than a 3-pedal driver can provide.