Alfa Romeo Reveals The Giulia GTA And GTAm Performante
This is Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA a slap in the face reminder of just how old the company is getting. The Giulia GTA is limited to 500 units and will mark Alfa Romeo’s 110th birthday. The Giulia GTA will be available in two versions, the Giulia GTA with four seats and the Giulia GTAm with two race seats, roll-bar and six-point harness. They will both feature the 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine producing 540hp along with a raft of weight saving solutions to remain true to the ethos of the original 1965 model.
Alfa Romeo engineers have worked to improve the aerodynamics and handling but above all to reduce the weight. Formula One inspired active aerodynamics were specifically studied to increase the downforce. The titanium Akrapovič central exhaust system, integrated in the carbon fibre rear diffuser, is also new, as are the 20-inch centre lock wheels.
Handling at high speeds has been improved by widening the front and rear wheel tracks by 50mm and developing a new set of springs, shock absorbers and bushings for the suspension systems.
On the GTAm, the aerodynamic front has been optimised by adding a larger front splitter and a real carbon-fibre rear wing, which ensure a perfectly balanced load at high speeds. 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 standard configuration, reaches an output of 540hp in the Giulia GTA thanks to the meticulous development and calibration work of the Alfa Romeo engineers. A new Akrapovič central exhaust system, in titanium and gives the car an unmistakable sound.
The GTA interior is trimmed in Alcantara for dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars and the central trim on the seats. Alcantara is used even more extensively in the GTAm version, where the rear bench has been removed. The upholstered ‘basin’, with specific mouldings is designed to hold helmets and a fire extinguisher.
In the new GTAm, the interior is unique in that it features a roll-bar, no door panels or rear seats and the door is opened with a belt in place of the handle, another touch inspired by the racing world.
The vehicle weight has been reduced by up to 100kg. To achieve this the GTA uses lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the drive shaft, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front wheel arches and rear wheel arch inserts and the shell of the sports seats with six-point Sabelt seat belts in the GTAm. Aluminium has been used in the engine, doors and suspension systems and various other composite materials have been used throughout.
In the GTAm, Lexan the side and rear window frames have been replaced by plastic shielding, further contributing to weight reduction. The result is a weight of around 1,520kg which, combined with the increase in output to 540hp, brings the power-to-weight ratio to 2.82 kg/hp, making the Giulia GTAm capable of delivering extraordinary performance.
Its acceleration from zero to 62mph, with the Launch Control system, is just 3.6 seconds. The Giulia GTAm is a two-seater configuration that is road legal, with front splitter and larger visible rear wing in carbon.