In Pictures: the New Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA!

July 31, 2020 at 09:07 AM
In Pictures: the New Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA!
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Among the many extraordinary aspects of the Alfa Romeo brand, there is one that makes it truly unique in the automotive scene: the inimitable ability to combine seemingly irreconcilable aspects. Indeed, Alfa Romeo boasts a unique history, and on June 24 it will cross the milestone of 110 years, which over time engineers and designers have exploited in constant future projection. Solid and recognizable roots, which feed the myth of a brand used to amaze, innovate and renew itself always in line with its DNA. And the sap that flows in these roots contains another exceptional alchemy: a perfect combination of sportiness and elegance that makes every Alfa Romeo always at ease both on the track and in a contest of elegance. Over the years, this combination has resulted in some of the most iconic cars ever built.

 

 

A legend with a legendary flavor: GTA

The acronym GTA stands for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita" and was born in 1965 with the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT, set up for sports homologation and presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show that year. The body of the Giulia Sprint GT was replaced with an identical one in aluminum, for a total weight of 745 kg against the 950 kg of the road version. A second modification concerned the 1570 cm 3 twin-shaft enginewhich in the road configuration, with double ignition, reached the remarkable power of 115 HP. The Autodelta technicians, the official racing team of Alfa Romeo, chose it as the reference car for the Tourism category, and developed it up to a maximum power of 170 HP. The success in competitions was immediate: three consecutive "European Marche Challenge", dozens of national championships and hundreds of single races in every part of the world. And the return of image on the range was also considerable: the Giulia Sprint GTA in fact best expressed the claim "one win a day with the car every day".

 

 

The legend is renewed with excellent technical solutions

For the launch of the exceptional Giulia GTA, Alfa Romeo intends to subvert a few rules: it does not want to talk about history, especially the history it has written, and it does not want to receive birthday gifts. He prefers to make one to all fans by presenting a car that today represents an authentic return to the roots of Alfa Romeo, those that sink into the world of performance and touring.

 

 

Specific technical equipment and functional style

The Giulia GTA is immediately recognizable thanks to an exclusive characterization that is not only aesthetic, but functional to performance: the new Alfa Romeos are not an exercise in style, but high-performance cars derived from a series model, the exceptional Giulia Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo engineers worked to improve aerodynamics and handling, but above all to reduce weight: the same guidelines followed for the 1965 Giulia GTA. Active aerodynamics was specifically designed to increase aerodynamic load . In these solutions there is a technical know-how that comes directly from Formula 1 thanks to the synergy with Sauber Engineering and the use of the Sauber AeroKit. The same task is entrusted to the side skirts, the specific rear spoiler and the active front splitter. The Akrapovič titanium central exhaust system integrated in the rear carbon fiber diffuser and specific 20-inch single-nut wheels are also new, for the first time on a sedan. Handling has been improved through the 50 mm widening of the front and rear tracks and with the development of a new set of springs, shock absorbers and bushings for suspension systems. On GTAm, the aerodynamic front has been maximized with the use of an enlarged front splitter and a real carbon rear wing, which guarantee an increase and an optimal load balance at high speed. As for performance, the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo engine made entirely of aluminum and capable of releasing, in the standard configuration, 510 HP, on Giulia GTA it reaches a power of 540 HP, thanks to the meticulous development and calibration work of Alfa Romeo engines, who are also able to optimize the positive impact of the adoption of the new Akrapovič central exhaust system in titanium with an unmistakable sound. Moving into the passenger compartment, the fully Alcantara® upholstery stands out on the dashboard, door panels, imperial, side pillars and central seat upholstery. Even more extensive is the use of Alcantara® on the GTAm version, where the elimination of the rear bench leaves room for a fully covered "tank", where specific shapes stand out to house helmets and fire extinguishers. The new matt carbon inserts express technical and aesthetic refinement, giving distinctiveness to the new interior, which differs on GTAm.

 
 

An excellent weight / power ratio

But the power alone is not enough to guarantee extraordinary performance. Extremely accurate work on lightness, which has been taken to the extreme: the weight reduction amounts to about 100 kilograms thanks to the adoption of light materials, such as carbon fiber for the transmission shaft, the hood, the roof, front bumper, front wheel arches and rear wheel arch inserts, specific sport seats with carbon monocoque and 6-point Sabelt belts for GTAm. There is also aluminum for the engine, doors and suspension systems and different composite materials for many other components. On GTAm the use of Lexan, a particular resin belonging to the polycarbonate family that comes directly from the world of motorsport, for the side and rear windows, further contributes to lightening. The result is a weight that stands at 1,520 kg, which thanks to the increase in power to 540 HP, brings the weight / power ratio to an excellent level,2.82 kg / hp, making Giulia GTA best in class and capable of expressing extraordinary performance. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is lightning fast. Thanks to the Launch Control system, the stopwatch stops in just 3.6 seconds. The Giulia GTAm provides, unlike the GTA, a two-seater configuration, but remains approved for road use, with the front splitter and rear wing increased in visible carbon, the maximum expression of sportiness. In the GTA version, for the same power, Giulia offers four seats, without a rear roll-bar; spoilers and splitters optimized for daily use; door panels, seats and windows derived from the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The result is a supercar for everyday use.

 

 

A privilege for 500 lucky customers ...

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and its extreme variant Giulia GTAm will be built in a limited series of 500 overall units, numbered and certified, ready to support the 1965 progenitor among the most desired collectibles, not only to be admired but ready to release on road a great and usable power thanks to the refined technical solutions. The same exclusivity of Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm will also feature a dedicated and particularly exclusive customer experience, designed to make the lucky 500 owners live a unique experience, 100% Alfa Romeo. After the advance reservations, now officially open and which will strictly close to the 500th unit, the sales process will be one-to-one, with a brand ambassador product specialist who will follow each customer from order to delivery. But the buying experience does not end with the dedicated sales process. There is in fact a customized experience package, which includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, complete Alpinestars racing clothing (suit, gloves and shoes) and a customized Goodwool car cover, to protect your GTA or GTAm. In addition to other true enthusiast equipment, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course created by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy. complete Alpinestars racing clothing (suit, gloves and shoes) and a customized Goodwool car cover to protect your GTA or GTAm. In addition to other true enthusiast equipment, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course created by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy. complete Alpinestars racing clothing (suit, gloves and shoes) and a customized Goodwool car cover to protect your GTA or GTAm. In addition to other true enthusiast equipment, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course created by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

 
 
 

 

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