Malaysian Alfa Romeo distributor Sime Darby Auto Italia Sdn Bhd has unveiled a new limited edition variant of the lovely Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 Selespeed hatchback – the Alfa 147 Edizione Sportivo, or in English, Sports Edition? Changes to the special edition include a customised bodykit comprised of a redesigned front air dam, side skirts, side strip, rear roof spoiler, and a stainless steel exhaust. The car rides on Alfa Romeo ET40 Silver Colour Tristar alloy rims with low profile 215/45 R17TL87W Pirelli Dragon performance tyres. Further enhancing the sporty look are Hotbits HBSC 10-203 Sports Springs, lowering the car by 30mm and enhancing handling and driving dynamics.

Auto Italia press release did not say how many units of this special edition will be produced, but general manager Lim Boon Leong says it will be a limited edition run. It comes with a 2-year warranty, free maintenance for three years and two years free 24-hour roadside assistance from AAM.

Just a recap on the specs, the Alfa 147 Edizione Sportivo is powered by a 2.0-litre 150bhp Twinspark engine, does the 0-100km/h dash in 9.3 seconds, and is specced out pretty well – four airbags, pre-tensioned seat belts, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Stability Programme, Cruise Control System, Anti Theft Device-Key Code Immobiliser, Parking Obstacle Detection Device and others.

Read my test drive report on the Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 Twinspark Selespeed.