The iconic GTA nameplate returns with proper power and performance

Following a couple of decades in disgrace, Alfa Romeo started to bounce back toward better days with cars like the 4C and Giulia Quadrifoglio. Now, the Italian carmaker takes yet another step toward the high-performance realm with the Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm, two limited-edition sedans that pay tribute to iconic cars from the 1960s. Unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, both are lighter and more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio, while the GTAm is a road-legal race car with only two seats, lightweight door panels, and room for helmets and racing suits.

Inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965

The GTA moniker is far from new. Alfa Romeo began using it intensively in 1965 when it introduced the Giulia Sprint GTA. The acronym stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita, where alleggerita means lightened, and was given to the car because it featured an aluminum body instead of steel. The GTA was offered in many variations until 1971, all powered by small-displacement, four-cylinder engines. The most powerful variant generated 250 horsepower, but that was more than enough for a car that tipped the scales at less than 1,800 pounds. The Giulia GTA is mostly famous for its racing success.

The GTAm was produced from 1969 to 1971 but it was based on the GTV instead of the GTA. However, it shared the same design on the outside. A more extreme variant that for track use, the GTAm was built by Autodelta and other private workshops and scored impressive results in endurance races across Europe and the United States. The Giulia GTA is by far one of the most iconic Alfa Romeos ever built.

How is the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA Different?

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The GTA and GTAm are heavily based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, so they look very similar. But look close enough and you’ll notice revised elements on the outside, like a bigger splitter in the front, new front bumper vents, and extra cutouts on the sides. The sedan also sports new, sportier side skirts and 20-inch center-lock wheels, while the front and rear tracks are two inches wider.

Around back, we can see a more aggressive splitter and a modified spoiler. The GTAm features a massive, race-inspired, carbon-fiber wing, as well as a larger front splitter. Many of these features are part of an active aerodynamic package that Alfa Romeo designed with input from its Formula One engineers.

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Needless to say, the GTA looks like a proper muscle car, while the GTAm is almost a DTM race car for the road. It only lacks a wider body.

Does the Giulia GTA Really Have a Race-Inspired Interior?

Going Extreme: The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm Interior
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The standard Giulia looks somewhat bland inside the cabin and the GTA special editions feature the same layout. However, Alfa Romeo gave the interior a race-inspired look with a heavy dose of Alcantara. This soft material covers everything from the dashboard and door panels to the glove box, side pillars, and areas on the seats. Speaking of seats, while the GTA comes with the regular five-seat configuration, the GTAm features only front seats. The rear seats have been removed and the area wrapped in Alcantara and fitted with moldings for helmets and a fire extinguisher. The GTAm also features matte carbon-fiber inserts and lightweight door panels with pull loops instead of handles, just like full-fledged race cars. The GTAm also boasts race-ready seats with six-point harnesses.

How Powrful is the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA?

Going Extreme: The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm Exterior
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Just like the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the GTA and GTAm feature the same twin-turbo, 2.6-liter V-6 engine co-developed with Ferrari. But Alfa Romeo managed to squeeze a bit more oomph to go with the lighter underpinnings. Specifically, the V-6 cranks out 533 horsepower, exactly 30 horses more than in the Quadrifoglio. No word on torque for now, but it should increase from the standard 443 pound-feet.

Tipping the scales at only 3,350 pounds, the GTA is some 220 pounds lighter than the Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo shaved off weight by replacing the standard driveshaft, hood, roof, front bumper, and front-wheel arches with carbon-fiber elements. The race-ready seats in the GTAm, as well as the rear-seat delete also reduce the sedan’s curb weight. The GTAm also features lexan for side and rear window frames, yet another weight-reducing material borrowed from motorsport. Finally, both the GTA and GTAm are fitted with titanium exhaust systems from Akrapovic.

All these upgrades make the GTA and GTAm notably quicker than the Quadrifoglio. While the latter hits 62 mph from a standing start in 3.9 seconds, the GTA and GTAm reach the benchmark in 3.6 clicks. Both cars ride on a revised suspension system with new springs, new shock absorbers, and new bushings. Will we see a new Nurburgring record soon? I think so!

Yes; The Afla Romeo Giulia GTA is Limited to 500 units

Going Extreme: The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm Exterior
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Alfa Romeo says it will build only 500 units of the GTA. It doesn’t say how many GTA and GTAm versions though. But the cool thing is that Alfa Romeo offers a Ferrari-like experience with this car. Just like the Prancing Horse does with its limited-edition and highly expensive supercars, Alfa Romeo prepared a special package for customers of the GTA and GTAm.

Once all 500 cars have been reserved, the sales process will be one-to-one, with a brand ambassador to follow each customer from order to delivery. Alfa Romeo will also include a personalized kit that includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars (race suit, gloves and shoes), and a personalized car cover. The bundle also includes a bespoke driving course created by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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