The 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA was the first Alfa Romeo to wear the GTA badge. The “A” stood for Alleggerita, an Italian word for lightweight. When Alfa Romeo was finished with the car, it weighed just 740 kilograms and produced 170 horsepower in full race trim, which was very impressive for mid-60s standards and soon enough, the car became one of the world’s most admired and adored sports saloons. Now, Alfa Romeo has debuted the 2020 Giulia GTA and it is Alfa’s most powerful road car.
The decision to restore the Gran Turismo Alleggerita (GTA) nameplate is to highlight the car’s lightweight construction and its performance potential. The unveiling of this car is a very important moment for Alfa Romeo it’s a sign for a fateful comeback to production of performance cars!
The heart of the GTA will be beating with the same twin-turbocharged 2.9 litre V6 used in the Quadrifoglio, but with tweaks and modifications, like the addition of a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, its output has been boosted from 503 horsepower to 533 horsepower. It’s also claimed that the new exhaust gives the car a unique soundtrack.
No official performance figures have been released yet, but the GTA will top Quadrifoglio’s 3.9 second 0-100km/h sprint and its top speed of 307 km/h. The GTA is also claimed to perform better in corners than the Quadrifoglio thanks to a bespoke suspension set up and a 50mm wider track at the front and rear.
Compared to its performance sibling, the GTA is 100kg lighter thanks to its new carbonfibre bonnet, roof panel, front bumper, front wheel archers, rear arch inserts and driveshaft. Also, aluminium and composite materials have been used extensively in the car to reduce the GTA’s kerb weight.
Visual cues in the GTA are very similar to the Quadrifoglio but the main differences include a Formula 1 style active aero package which includes larger front splitter, carbonfibre rear diffuser and a rear wing.
If you thought the GTA was not track focused enough, you will be happy to know that a hardcore track-focused version will also be produced called the GTAm. The GTAm will remain road legal but it will swap its front seats for race items with carbonfibre base and six-point harnesses, inherit a huge spoiler.
Bad news is Alfa Romeo is planning to only build 500 GTA and GTAm badged Giulias with prices starting from £100,000. It’s unclear whether any of the cars will be coming to Australia.