New lightweight 533bhp Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA to cost from £154k

New lightweight 533bhp Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA to cost from £154k

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Prices for the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA have been revealed. The hardcore, track-honed version of the Giulia heralds the re-introduction of the GTA badge into the Italian firm’s line-up and is a car created to celebrate Alfa’s 110th anniversary.

This new version of the brand’s Mercedes-AMG C 63 S rival boasts more power than the regular Giulia Quadrifoglio, while also shedding weight and introducing several uncompromising aerodynamic tweaks. There are two versions too – alongside the GTA is the GTAm, which takes things further with full racing seats, a roll cage, and the deletion of the rear bench.

Just 500 examples across both the GTA and GTAm iterations will be made available. In euros, the Giulia GTA will cost from €176,500, with the GTAm setting owners back at least €181,500. For UK buyers, Alfa says that the price will be converted to Pound Sterling at the point of purchase. It means, with current exchange rates, buyers are looking at price tags of around £154,000 and £158,000 respectively.

The firm has also revealed several new liveries buyers will be able to have their cars wrapped in, all of which are modern interpretations of classic racing colours used on the original Alfa GTA. Options include a take on the yellow nose livery applied to the 1971 European Touring Car Championship-winning GTA, while customers can also specify a racing number and receive a custom Goodwood car cover. 

For those not interested in a racing livery, the Giulia GTA will be available in three shades paying tribute to the Italian flag: GTA Red, Trophy White and Montreal Green. 

The Giulia GTA retains the Quadrifoglio’s engine – a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6. But power swells from 503bhp to 533bhp, and there’s a new exhaust system from specialist Akrapovic intended to add extra bark to the extra power. 

Allied to this is a crash diet. Carbon fibre is used for the driveshafts, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front wheel arches and rear wheel arch interiors. The engine uses more aluminium, as do the doors and the suspension components. In the GTAm, these changes – allied to the rear seat removal and the inclusion of carbon-fibre sports seats, result in a weight reduction of 100kg over the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Both cars use Alcantara extensively in the cabin.

The power and weight changes mean that a 0-62mph sprint is completed in a claimed 3.6 seconds using launch control, matching the benchmark time of the latest Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S. A revised top speed has not been issued.

The GTA’s aerodynamic changes compared with the Quadrifoglio are much more obvious to the naked eye. There’s a far more aggressively sculpted front bumper with new air intakes, completed with a chin splitter on the GTAm. New side skirts are fitted, while a large new rear wing also takes its place on the bootlid. 

The car appears wider too, owing to 50mm wider tracks front and rear. That’s a fresh twist backed up by suspension changes, including a new set of springs, shock absorbers and bushes. 

Every buyer will receive a personalisation pack, which includes a race helmet from specialist Bell, a racing suit, shoes and gloves from Alpinestars, a personal car cover, and the chance to take part in driving courses at the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

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Source : Autoexpress.co.uk
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