Alfa Romeo has turned the Giulia Quadrifoglio all the way up to 11 - creating a more powerful, lighter and more aerodynamic version of its already rapid sports sedan.
Reviving the GTA and GTAm nameplates of the 1960s the new Giulia has left no stone unturned in the pursuit of a faster sedan, even drafting in help from its Formula 1 team and its Sauber Engineering partner. The GTAm even ditches the rear seats, making it a two-seater sedan complete with racing-style seats and harnesses.
Under the bonnet the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine has been returned for more power and given a new Akrapovic titanium exhaust to help it breathe easier and make a more aggressive sound. The result is an increase from 375kW in the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio to 402kW for the GTA/GTAm.
While that’s only a relatively small increase, the Alfa Romeo designers managed to strip 100kg of mass from the car, to ensure a significant boost in its power-to-weight ratio. To achieve that carbon fibre has been used for the driveshaft, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front wheel arches and rear wheel arches.
With the help of Sauber and its F1 expertise, the GTA gets an aerodynamic redesign with an active front splitter, new rear spoiler and side skirts. The GTAm takes things even further, adding an even bigger front splitter and the unmissable carbon fibre rear wing.
Handling has been improved thanks to new springs, shock absorbers and bushings for the suspension, as well as 50mm increase to the track front and rear.
Alfa Romeo claims the changes to the GTAm ensure its quick enough to do the 0-100km/h sprint in a supercar-like 3.6 seconds.
Alfa Romeo will only build 500 examples of the GTA and GTAm will be built with pricing and availability for Australia yet to be confirmed. Alfa Romeo Australia told CarsGuide it is evaluating opportunities to bring a small number down under.
Each of the 500 owners will receive a Bell helmet and Alpinestars race suit, gloves and shoes (in a special GTA design, no less) as part of the track-focused nature of the car. They will also be invited to specific driving courses run by the company’s in-house driving school.