The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA brings back one of the legends of motoring and a milestone in the brand's history: the 1965 Giulia GTA. It sees a return to the roots of the brand established 111 years ago, those of the worlds of performance and touring, with a model that epitomises the unique ability of Alfa Romeo to combine style and sport.
It makes its dynamic debut at the former Autodelta workshops at the Balocco Proving Ground, the site of the 1960s creation of the Giulia Sprint GTA. This evocative venue – built 60 years ago, with a surface area of 6 km2, 27 different circuits, a total of 80 km – is the home of the development and testing of all Alfa Romeo cars.
REVIEWS ARE IN.
Top Gear - 9/10 -https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/alfa-romeo/giulia-gta
" It came with a few surprises. One, how utterly delightful it feels on the road - taut, supple and really quite useable - and how brutal it can be on track. But this is a car that’s been built to deliver, rather than a showboat. "
" It feels pared back rather than stripped out, and means that even as the GTAm, you could happily use it day-to-day. As long as you don’t intend to carry more than one friend at a time."
"Alfa's love letter to the fast saloon doesn't make rational sense, but it doesn't matter: it's very, very special"
"The GTA is … proper. A fun, exciting, invigorating, special piece of engineering. It’s not particularly rational, but the best things in life tend not to be."
Car magazine - 4* -https://www.carmagazine.co.Uk/car-reviews/alfa-romeo/giulia-gtam/
"as soon as you slide into the GTAm's carbon bucket seat, turn the key and start putting a lock, you can sense there's a different beast underneath."
"The whole car feels tenser, more focused, coiled up like a jack-in-a-box, ready to deliver on its considerable promise made partly by its stand-out exterior."
"There's no doubt this is an engine that excels on flexibility. It still pulls at the top end, yet the legwork and eye-opening g-forces are produced lower down."
"From first impressions, it's the finest fast Alfa in years and, in all honesty, can you really put a price on that?"
"Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm is the most extreme modern Alfa to date. It’s also one of its very best."
"in short, it’s a piece of Italian madness/brilliance (delete as applicable)"
"Its against-the-clock gains are marginal but the additional layer of detailed feedback, the sense of connection you have behind the wheel and the adjustability in the chassis make the GTAm one of the most desirable cars we’ve driven this year"
"you have a wonderful, exuberant and exciting driver’s car"
"You also have one that looks both achingly beautiful and menacingly brutal at the same time, its aero additions blending with the Giulia’s curves with such cohesion it will silence the most cynical observer the first time they see it"
" the GTAm grabs at your senses the first time you find yourself alone on a great piece of road"
"As powertrains go it remains an intoxicating combination, one that blends a surge of torque with blistering power like the very best."
"The Giulia GTAm is one of those driver’s cars that makes you want to drive for the sake of it and it doesn’t require you to be travelling at the speed of sound to enjoy it. Expensive yet exciting, irrelevant yet irresistible; simply magnificent"
"A crazy car for an insane amount of money, yes, but on the right road, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm could be the most exciting saloon car we’ve ever driven. And on a track, it’s even better still, with huge mechanical and aerodynamic grip, a delicious soundtrack from the V6 engine, a brilliantly involving chassis and heroic brakes."
" It drives, indeed, much how it looks, like a cartoon version of the model on which it’s based, with everything turned up to 11."
"the GTAm rides bumps on the road and kerbs on a track far more sweetly than the standard car manages to"
"makes the GTAm just a very special car to drive, with an intimacy to its controls that you simply don’t get from other road cars, not even ones that have two seats and costs two or three times as much."
"the GTAm flows quite beautifully across the ground, with delicious steering precision, massive braking power and a level of feedback through its seats and rear axle that is unique for a car with four doors and a decent-sized boot."
" the GTAm is an absolute delight of a car. Worth every penny it costs and then some, no doubt, in another 10 years’ time"
DRIVEN TO PERFORM.
The Giulia GTA is instantly recognisable courtesy of an exclusive characterisation that combines form and function in this high-performance vehicle derived from the Giulia Quadrifoglio. With the widespread use of ultralight materials, the weight of the Giulia GTA is reduced and the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 bi-turbo engine is upgraded to produce 540hp, giving it a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio of 187 hp per litre. It also delivers extraordinary performance, in terms of both its lap times on the track and its acceleration. With the Launch Mode system, acceleration from zero to 62mph takes just 3.6 seconds.
Alfa Romeo engineers have worked to improve its aerodynamics and handling, but above all to reduce the weight, following the same guidelines as for the 1965 Giulia GTA. To achieve these objectives, widespread use has been made of components in carbon fibre and composite materials. The aerodynamics have been designed to increase downforce. These solutions embody technical expertise that comes straight from Formula 1, courtesy of the synergy with Sauber Engineering. They also developed the side skirts; the new rear spoiler – adjustable to four positions on the GTAm; the active front splitter, which can be extended for use on the track by up to 40mm on the GTAm; the carbon fibre rear diffuser with integrated titanium Akrapovič centrally mounted exhaust system; and the 20-inch wheels with single locking nut, seen for the first time on a saloon, which are paired with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The aerodynamic research in the wind tunnel was not limited to the aerodynamic elements, but also focused on the fully-faired underbody.
The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a new rear diffuser capable of increasing the car’s downforce, guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds. On the Giulia GTAm, the most intense aerodynamic configuration triples the amount of downforce compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which previously represented the benchmark in its class.
Handling has been improved by widening the front wheel tracks by 25mm, their rear counterparts by 50mm and developing a specific suspension set-up (the front with two oscillating arms, the rear using independent multilink springs). This suspension set-up and steering ensures higher cut-in and cornering speed and improvements in stability, while not impacting on the comfort. Last but not least, in terms of performance, the Alfa Romeo 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, made entirely of aluminium and capable of unleashing no less than 510hp in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, reaches an output of 540hp in the Giulia GTA, courtesy of the meticulous development and calibration work of the Alfa Romeo engineers who revisited the piston cooling flow and the design of the rods. The air circulation in the engine cooling and transmission circuits has also been increased.
Alfa Romeo is offering a wide range of customisations aimed at offering a unique purchase experience, including an experience package with a Bell helmet in a special GTA livery that can be customised with the production number of the car, a specific Goodwool car cover and dedicated services. The GTAm will also come with Alpinestars overalls, gloves and boots.