We love the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio here at webuysupercars, so its with great delight that we can tell you about an even more special, carbon fibre festooned lightweight and of course faster version.
Yes, that’s right Alfa have brought back the GTA name for the extreme version of the Quadrifoglio for what promises to be the most exciting Alfa Romeo to date.
The GTA or Gran Turismo Alleggerita, literally means “grand tourer lightened”. and Alfa is referring to the car’s unveiling as “a momentous comeback”, signifying a return to its roots of performance car construction.
The twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine has been re-calibrated and has been gifted a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, resulting in a 30 bhp increase from 503bhp to 533bhp.
Alfa are saying that you’re going to be blown away by the soundtrack that Akrapovic have tuned the bespoke exhaust to make and say its given the car a much more firey and exciting character.
Performance figures have yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely the GTA will outplace the Quadrifoglio’s 3.9sec 0-62mph time and 191mph top speed giving BMW something to cry about just ahead of the launch of the new M3 and M4.
When Alfa say the car is lightened they are talking 100kg or almost 16 stone i.e one good sized human.
To achieve this Alfa has replaced the steel bonnet, roof panel, front bumper, front wheel arches, rear arch inserts and a driveshaft with items made in carbon fibre.
Aluminium and composite materials feature elsewhere on the car in order to further reduce kerb weight.
To handle the extra power and to ensure it stays on firmly connected to the road at higher speeds the GTA has been given 50mm-wider track at both the front and rear and a custom-tuned suspension set up.
Visually the car gets some Formula 1-inspired active aero package comprising a larger front splitter, a carbon fibre rear diffuser and a rear wing. There are also Porsche GT3 inspired 20in centre-lock wheels and Alcantara-trimmed interior panels.
The GTA still gets its same 4 doors and rear seats and in the standard car, but for those interested in a more track-focused car there’s going to be a two-seat only version called the GTA M.
Aka Bmw M4 GTS, the M version loses its rear seats to make way for a roll bar. It swops its inertia real standard front seats for a set pair of carbon fibre race items with six-point harnesses, the rear spoiler is much larger for additional downforce.
Alfa Romeo will build a total of just 500 GTA- and GTAm-badged Giulias, with prices expected to start from just above £100,000.
The Supercars Verdict
We already love the standard car, in fact, we’d go far as to say we’d choose it over an M4, not only does it feel more solidly planted in our experience, but its simply feels the more special car to be in, it’s more interesting less common and believe it or not actually outperforming the BMW in area you won’t believe, depreciation!
The GTA well that’s an interesting proposition the rumoured price of £100k or so is in line with what BMW ask for their M4 GTS, but in honestly, they have always felt like they are a hard sell at that price level and as a used prospect are slow to find new homes.
Perhaps Alfa can buck that trend with this version of the Quadrifoglio (Click the link for a free 24 hour test drive)