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Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, GTAm debut as lightweight, 533-bhp saloons

motor1 logo motor1 02/03/2020 Chris Bruce

The GTAm has two seats, racing harnesses, and Lexan windows, but it's still street legal.

The Alfa Romeo GTA moniker is back as a hotter version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio. GTA stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita or "Grand Touring Lightened", and as such, the company sheds 221 pounds (100 kilograms) off this variant in comparison to the existing Quadrifoglio. The saloon can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) in 3.6 seconds. If you're looking for more, the company also has the GTAm with just two seats, six-point harnesses, and a roll bar, while remaining fully street legal.

In addition to its diet, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA packs an updated version of the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6  that now produces 533 bhp (398 kilowatts), rather than the existing 505 bhp (377 kW). The combustion gases leave the vehicle through an Akrapovič titanium exhaust with a pair of circular outlets at the centre of the revised rear bumper.

Alfa improves the GTA's handling by widening the front and rear track by 2.0 inches (50 millimetres). Broader fender wings cover the additional width. New springs, shocks, and bushings update the suspension as further means to improve the handling.

The Giulia GTA has carbon components for the bonnet, roof, front bumper, and fender wings. The body features an active front splitter that comes from the brand's relationship with Sauber Engineering. At the back, there's a massive wing on the boot and similarly large diffuser. The sedan rides on 20-inch wheels with a spoke design that evokes a clover. The exterior of the GTAm gets a few special pieces like a sizeable front splitter and a carbon fibre rear wing.

a close up of a car: Alfa Romeo GIULIA GTAM

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Inside, Alfa covers the GTA's cabin in Alcantara, including the dashboard, door panels, pillars, and centre of the seats. The GTAm takes things further by using carbon fibre seats and covering the empty space in the back with Alcantara. It also has Lexan windows replacing the side and rear glass.

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The first 500 people to place an order for a GTA or GTAm will work with an Alfa brand ambassador that will help the buyer through the vehicle's delivery. These cars also will come with a Bell helmet in a GTA livery and full racing outfit from Alpinestars, including the suit, gloves, and shoes. The owners will get to use this gear at a course from the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

Alfa's info about the GTA and GTAm only applies to the European market, currently. It's not clear whether the company intends to offer these models elsewhere.

Source: Alfa Romeo


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