Alfa Romeo launches modern Giulia GTA

Alfa Romeo Giulia encompasses the lightweight tactics of the original GTA models

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Giulia GTA

Alfa Romeo boasts a unique history and to celebrate 110 years of being in business, they are launching a modern version of the iconic Giulia GTA. The acronym GTA stands for ‘Gran Turismo Alleggerita’, alleggerita being the Italian term for lightened.

Available in two versions, the Giulia GTA with four seats and the Giulia GTAm with two race seats, roll-bar and six-point harness, they will both feature the 2.9 litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine along with a raft of weight saving solutions to remain true to the original 1965 model.

Together with the GTAm version, the Giulia GTA, of which only 500 will be made, is a return to the origins of Alfa Romeo and a tribute to one of its most emblematic models. The 1965 Giulia GTA was developed by Autodelta and based on the Giulia Sprint GT, which went on to rack up sporting successes worldwide.

 

Partnering with Sauber

The Giulia GTA project has benefited from the long-standing partnership with the Sauber Group, leveraging the knowledge of its engineering and aerodynamics divisions. The Sauber Group boasts 50 years of experience in motorsport, including 27 in Formula One, accumulating invaluable experience in the design and use of carbon fibre, as well as advanced knowledge of aerodynamics.

With their very own wind tunnel, Sauber Engineering have been entrusted with the production of most of the carbon fibre components in the GTA and GTAm, especially those with aerodynamic impacts, including the new front bumpers, side skirts, diffuser, the GTA’s spoiler and the GTAm’s aerowing. The result is a car that will take your breath away from an aesthetic perspective even though all elements are performance orientated, such as large front air intakes and an adjustable carbon fibre rear spoiler.

 

What makes it special?

The engine in the Giulia GTAm is based on the Alfa Romeo 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo, made entirely of aluminium. It has been adapted to unleash 400kW, which will allow the car to sprint from 0-100km/h, courtesy of launch control, in just 3.6 seconds.

Handling has been improved by widening the front and rear wheel track by 50mm and developing a new set of springs, shock absorbers and bushings for the suspension.

The titanium Akrapovic central exhaust system is also new, as are the 20-inch centre lock wheels.

An Alcantara trimmed dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars and the central trim on the seats characterise the interior. Alcantara is used even more extensively in the GTAm version, where the rear bench has been removed, leaving room for a fully upholstered basin, with specific mouldings designed to hold helmets and a fire extinguisher. The GTAm has no door panels or rear seats and the door is opened with a belt in the place of a handle, a touch inspired by the world of motorsport.

 

Power to weight

The work done to reduce the vehicles weight has been meticulous, with a total weight reduction of 100kg. The GTA uses lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the drive shaft, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front and rear wheel arch inserts and the shell of the seats. Aluminium has been used in the engine, doors and suspension. In the GTAm, Lexan has been used for the side and rear windows.

 

500 lucky customers

Only 500 units of the Giulia GTA and GTAm will be built in total. Owners will also receive a personalised package including a Bell helmet in a special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars and a personalised Goodwool car cover.

Alfa Romeo has created a documentary to tell the backstory of the creation of the Giulia GTA, the best performing sports saloon ever produced by Alfa Romeo, a supercar to be driven on road and track. Watch that video here.