New 533bhp Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA launched to celebrate 110 years of the brand
Alfa Romeo has revealed a new hardcore, track-honed version of the Giulia, which heralds the re-introduction of the GTA badge into the Italian firm’s line-up and is a car created to celebrate Alfa’s 110th anniversary.
The Giulia GTA is a new flagship model based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio. It boasts more power, sheds weight and introduces eye-catching new aerodynamic components compared with its road-biased sibling.
There are two versions of the newcomer too. Alongside the GTA is an even harder variant called the GTAm, which features two racing seats, and a rollcage where the rear bench would otherwise be.
It retains the Quadrifoglio’s engine – a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6. But power swells from 503bhp to 533bhp, and there’s a new exhaust system from specialist Akrapovic intended to add extra bark to the extra power.
Allied to this is a crash diet. Carbon fibre is used for the driveshafts, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front wheelarches and rear wheelarch interiors. The engine uses more aluminium, as do the doors and the suspension components. In the GTAm, these changes – allied to the rear seat removal and the inclusion of carbon-fibre sports seats, result in a weight reduction of 100kg over the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Both cars use Alcantara extensively in the cabin.
The power and weight changes mean that a 0-62mph sprint is completed in a claimed 3.6 seconds using launch control, matching the benchmark time of the latest Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S. A revised top speed has not been issued.
The GTA’s aerodynamic changes compared with the Quadrifoglio are much more obvious to the naked eye. There’s a far more aggressively sculpted front bumper with new air intakes, completed with a chin splitter on the GTAm. New side skirts are fitted, while a large new rear wing also takes its place on the bootlid.
The car appears wider too, owing to 50mm wider tracks front and rear. That’s a fresh twist backed up by suspension changes, including a new set of springs, shock absorbers and bushes.
Just 500 examples of the new Giulia GTA and GTAm will be made, with prices to be revealed at a later date. Every buyer will receive a personalisation pack, however, which includes a race helmet from specialist Bell, a racing suit, shoes and gloves from Alpinestars, a personal car cover, and the chance to take part in driving courses at the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.
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