The Geneva Motor Show might have been cancelled, but car manufacturers are still drooling at a chance to wow us with their latest machinery. Alfa Romeo, a company we’d almost lost hope for after they admitted they’d be focussing on SUVs, is the first to give us something really juicy.
These are the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and the GTAm, and based on the Giulia chassis, they’re even faster and more track-ready versions of the Quadrifoglio. GTA itself stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita, translated to ‘lightened’. Alfa has trimmed off 100kg worth of fat from the Quadrifoglio and thanks to that, can hit 62mph in just 3.6 seconds. But wait, is that not fast enough?
The GTAm version takes it ten steps further by ripping out the rear seats, giving you a 6-point harness and roll bar, and using Lexan windows on the sides and rear, all while keeping the car completely road-legal. Its ‘apparently not Ferrari’ 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine has been given a once over and now produces 533bhp, with the resulting emissions being pushed out of an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system.
Both variants gain an extra 2 inches up front – track width, keep your heads out the gutter – and uprated springs, shocks, and bushings for a more track-orientated suspension set up. The front splitter is also adaptive for enhanced aero capabilities thanks to Sauber, and a host of carbon fibre parts lower weight across its shell. A wing rides the rear which partners with a large rear diffuser to match the downforce the front of the car produces. The GTAm’s aero is even more ASBO. The outside is topped off with some meaty 20-inch wheels.
Inside the GTA’s dashboard, door panels, pillars, and seat centres are covered in layers of Alcantara, but the GTAm is even lairier with carbon fibre being used to not only reduce weight, but to make it look the part, too.
The cars will be sold with a Bell helmet wearing a GTA livery and full racing outfit from Alpinestars. This includes suit, gloves, and shoes, which will come in handy when they join the accompanying course at the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.
While we’re not so sure about a stripped-out saloon car (what’s the point? Just buy a sports car for less money?) we’re glad Alfa is letting its history return to the front lines. Let’s just hope it’s as good in real life as it sounds on paper.