ALFA Romeo’s hoping the eight new models it’ll reveal by 2020 will have shareholders sipping bubbly in Monaco by the time it’s done.
While we understand a handful of SUVs will be key to this, so far the Giulia has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of getting Alfa’s mojo back. And our fingers are crossed Alfa Romeo will build a special edition of the compact sedan to celebrate its hard work. It won’t struggle for a business case.
BMW has its M4 GTS, while Mercedes-AMG no doubt has a C63 Black in its wings. So there’s already a sandpit to play in. Blowing the dust off the GTA badge is the next step. It lived on the Giulia Sprint, which terrorised racetracks across Europe and America from 1965 into the 1970s. Our Giulia GTA will be a nod to its road-going versions.
They homologated the Sprint GTA’s uprated 1.6-litre engine for competition in Stradale (light) and Corsa (radically lightened) form. Such a tuning philosophy is ripe for today’s Giulia QV and one the brand will have no trouble selling.
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Considering the extent of modification to the Giulia GTA it will command a hefty premium over the QV’s $143,900. Only 500 will be built at around $250K. But considering BMW successfully sold its M4 GTS for more than that, we expect each GTA to find a home.
TOWER OF POWER
Not being able to resist a go at the M4 GTS’s 7min 28sec Nurburgring time, the Giulia GTA will be available in eight-speed auto guise only. The upside to that is Alfa Romeo will fettle the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, feeding it more boost to lift outputs to 400kW/640Nm.
That ‘A’ in the original’s three-letter badge stood for Alleggerita, which means lightweight in Italian. So, like its forefather, the new Giulia GTA strips off. Carbon-fibre doors and lexan windows feature from the B-pillar back, while ditching the rear seats balances out the new half rollcage’s weight. All up, the GTA drops 100kg.
Huge gains have also been made in the rolling stock department. Centre-lock wheels are borrowed from the Ferrari 488 GT3 car, mainly for bling factor. However, the 19-inch items are made from magnesium, like the original GTA’s, to drive down weight and they’re wrapped in Pirelli’s flagship P Zero Trofeo R for barnacle-like grip.
Gone is the standard car’s active-aero splitter as it’s replaced by a larger fixed item. Meanwhile, out back, a new, larger rear wing sits on the boot. Both items hurt the car’s 307km/h top speed, but add enough downforce to rival a GT4 racecar. The rear diffuser is untouched, but now shelters a raspier titanium exhaust system.