Alfa Romeo GTV 2004 review
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The power house six has found its way into a yet another member of the gorgeous Alfa Romeo fleet.
Joining the 147 and 156 GTA high performance models is the new look GTV coupe, the subject of our test.
Alfa says the six cylinder GTV is the fastest ever road going car to wear the Alfa badge, with a top speed of 255km/h, helped along by its short, sharp wedge shape.
Down the lower end of the scale the car takes just 6.7 seconds to leap from 0-100km/h.
They are impressive figures and the GTV is an impressive car to match, both in terms of styling and performance – although it is not necessarily the easiest of cars to live with.
The 24 valve engine is in fact a slightly detuned version of the 184kW GTA power plant but is still good for 176kW and 289Nm of torque – the small difference is negligible in day to day driving.
The GTV also runs happily on standard unleaded which is even better.
That said we live for the day our talented Italian cousins can deliver a car that accommodates our body proportions.
Like many Alfas the GTV's pedals are too close together and off-set to the left, which can be unnerving for the beginner and down right dangerous when it comes to emergency braking.
Then there is the little matter of the seating – no matter how you adjust the driver's seat, the pedals are either too close and your feet cramped or the gear shift is a tad too far away.
Once you get used to these little eccentricities however you can begin to appreciate the incredible tractability of the engine and slick, intuitive six-speed shift.
The engine pulls from just about any gear and is happy to dawdle around at low speed without the lumpy feel of some high performance vehicles.
Drive is through the front wheels and can become unruly during hard acceleration, with stability control is fitted to keep the tyres anchored to the tarmac – although it is still relatively easy to spin the wheels.
Alfa's ASR is one of the least intrusive stability systems that we have encountered and in the GTV can be switched off.
As well as the powerhouse six the new GTV has revised front styling, new dash and console and integrated audio system.
Fuel consumption is a claimed 9.3L/100km highway and 19.9L/100km around town, with a combined figure of 13.2L/100km. We managed to get about 12.2L/100km from the 70-litre tank during our 1200km test.
The Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6 24V is priced from $73,500.
Range and Specs
|3.2 V6 24V||3.2L, PULP, 6 SP MAN||$8,580 – 12,100||2004 Alfa Romeo GTV 2004 3.2 V6 24V Pricing and Specs|
|JTS||2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN||$5,940 – 8,360||2004 Alfa Romeo GTV 2004 JTS Pricing and Specs|
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