The Giulia GTA and GTAm twins are arguably the hottest-looking sport sedans on sale today and come with impressive performance specs and aero elementsby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 06:08
Scout the history books and you’ll find traces of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA from the 20th century; 1965, to be precise. If you thought the Giulia Quadrifoglio was the best the automaker had to offer, then you’re in for a surprise. The Giulia GTA is a sporty sedan that makes 187 horses per liter and is the living embodiment of Alfa Romeo’s racing spirit. Stuff like 20-inch wheels, twin-turbo V-6 engine, sub-four-second 0-60 mph time, etc. are just some of its accolades. Priced over $200,000, the Giulia GTA and its extreme alter ego, the GTAm, are nothing less than beasts on four wheels.
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm
Horsepower @ RPM:540
Torque @ RPM:443
0-60 time:3.6 sec.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – Exterior
The Giulia GTA and the GTAm come with carbon fiber and composite material all around. It features larger air vents and features the iconic ‘Trilobo’ as well. The car rides on 20-inch single-locking nut wheels – something unseen on a sedan – wrapped in Pilot Sport Cup 2 Michelin tires. Justifying the high cost is a titanium-composed Akrapovič central exhaust system that’s integrated into the carbon fiber rear diffuser.
The engineers have paid special heed to the aerodynamics of the car and have used their Formula 1 expertise here.
The GTAm comes with a rear spoiler that’s adjustable to four positions, and an active front splitter that can be extended by up to 40 mm (1.6 inches) on the track. There’s also a special air extractor that helps the car stick to the tarmac like a leech even at high speeds. The automaker has noted that the aero configuration on the GTAm is three times what it is on the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Alfa Romeo has also worked on reducing the weight on the GTA as much as possible. The doors are composed of aluminum whereas carbon fiber was used for the front bumpers, wheel arch extensions, hood, roof, and even the driveshaft.
This has led to the GTA shedding 220 pounds when compared to the standard model. The GTAm loses out on the rear seats, which further led to a reduction of another 55 pounds.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – Interior
“Wait, so does that mean the Giulia GTAm is a four-door car with two seats?” Oh yes, it is! Interesting, isn’t it? Ditching the rear seats has allowed the engineers at Alfa Romeo to equip a roll cage, helmet rack, as well as a fire extinguisher. The racing bucket seats are composed of carbon fiber whereas the rear windows of lightweight polycarbonate. Even the interior door handles were ditched in favor of fabric loops. These loops are finished in the same colors as the six-point SABELT seat belts that are inspired by the racing world.
On both the Giulia GTA and GTAm, you’ll notice generous use of Alcantara. You’ll find the dash, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars, and the central trim on the seats upholstered in Alcantara. On the GTAm, you’ll even find it in place of the rear seats. There are also quite a lot of matte carbon fiber inserts all around.
In case you are focused more on the tech stuff here than deriving every ounce of pleasure this street-legal beast has to offer, then you have an 8.8-inch touchscreen system at your disposal that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – Drivetrain
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm are powered by a 2.9-liter, bi-turbo V-6 engine that makes 443 pound-feet of twist and 540 horses; 35 horses more than the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Power is routed to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Alfa Romeo says that the car can sprint to 62 mph from rest in merely 3.6 seconds with the Launch Control engaged.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – Pricing
The Giulia “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” is priced at €175,000 and GTAm at €180,000. This roughly translates to $205,800 and $211,700 as per the exchange rates at the time of penning this piece. By the way, the Giulia GTA and the GTAm are limited to just 500 examples, combined.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm – Competition
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm might be special cars, but they have a formidable German rival in the form of the loved Porsche 911 GT3. The 992 911 GT3 comes with a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six engine that makes 502 horses at 8,400 rpm and 346 pound-feet of twist at 6,100 rpm. It’s lower than the Giulia on power, but the engine free revs up until 9,000 rpm!
You can opt for either a seven-speed PDK or a six-speed manual. The six-speed manual will let you sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, whereas the PDK will let you do it in 3.2 seconds. The top speed is rated at 197 mph for the automatic and 199 mph for the manual! As for the price, the 911 GT3 starts at $161,100.
Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3