The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm made their debut at the Balocco Proving Ground, Italy, yesterday where the legendary 1965 Giulia GTA was developed once upon a time.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA brings back one of the legends of motoring and a milestone in the brand’s history: the 1965 Giulia GTA.
With the widespread use of ultralight materials, the weight of the Giulia GTA is reduced and the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 bi-turbo engine is upgraded to produce 540hp, giving it a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio of 187 hp per litre. With the Launch Mode system, acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes just 3.6 seconds.
To achieve the impressive performance figures, widespread use has been made of components in carbon fibre and composite materials. The aerodynamics have been designed to increase downforce. These solutions embody technical expertise that comes straight from Formula 1, courtesy of the synergy with Sauber Engineering.
They also developed the side skirts; the new rear spoiler – adjustable to four positions on the GTAm; the active front splitter, which can be extended for use on the track by up to 40mm on the GTAm; the carbon fibre rear diffuser with integrated titanium Akrapovič centrally mounted exhaust system.
And then we have the 20-inch wheels with single locking nut, seen for the first time on a saloon, which are paired with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The aerodynamic research in the wind tunnel was not limited to the aerodynamic elements, but also focused on the fully-faired underbody.
The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a new rear diffuser capable of increasing the car’s downforce, guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds.
Handling has been improved by widening the front wheel tracks by 25mm, their rear counterparts by 50mm and developing a specific suspension set-up (the front with two oscillating arms, the rear using independent multilink springs).
Inside, the dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars, and the central trim on the seats feature Alcantara upholstery. Alcantara is used even more extensively in the GTAm version, where the rear seats have been removed, leaving room for a fully upholstered ‘basin’, with specific moldings designed to hold race helmets and a fire extinguisher.
Inspired by the racing world
The new matt carbon-fibre inserts offer the interior with a distinctive technical and aesthetic elegance. The new GTAm features a roll bar, no rear door panels, door pull loops instead of a handle on the front doors and matching six-point SABELT seat belts, another feature typically inspired by the racing world.
Alfa Romeo has set up a bespoke purchasing process, with a dedicated brand ambassador and experience package, including Bell helmet in GTA livery with the production number of the car, specific body-colour Goodwool car cover and exclusive after-sales services.
The GTAm will also come with Alpinestars overalls, gloves and boots. A range of customisations are also available, offering a unique purchase experience for this supercar.
Customers can request one of the liveries, including one version featuring the Italian flag and another with Ochre metallic paintwork, and select a number to be emblazoned on the side door. Aside from the custom liveries, the Giulia GTA and GTAm will come in GTA Red, Trofeo White and Montreal Green, a colour palette that pays tribute to the Italian flag. Another layer of customisation lies in the selection of a colour of the brake calipers – including gold; and in the interior, the roll bar, seat belts and stitching.