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Giulia GTA: Alfa says ‘We’re going back to our roots’

ROME, Italy – Alfa Romeo says it has ”returned to its roots” by waking history to return to existence one of its legends of its history – the Giulia GTA.

The previous Giulia GTA of 1965, the Gran Turismo Alleggerita, was developed by Autodelta based on then Giulia Sprint GT that racked up sporting successes worldwide. The 2020 model, based on Giulia Quadrifoglio, Giulia GTA, has a more powerful version of the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 twin-turbo engine that’s capable of calling up 403kW.

Lighter materials have reduced the car’s weight by 100kg, if compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio to, Alfa says, ”a best-in-class weight/power ratio with technical solutions for aerodynamics, set-up and handling”.

`2020 ALFA GIULIA, Image: Supplied

A Giulia GTAm, an extreme 100% “street legal” version of the GTA, will be available with two race seats, rollover bar, and six-point crash restraint belts but both cars will have production limits: in Europe, at least, Alfa is taking deposits for both the  GTA and GTAm with only 500 to buy, numbered and certified.

There will be only 500 certified and numbered units in total. Successful applicants will get an exclusive customer experience, sales process and experience package.

SKIRT AND SPOILERS

The coming Giulia GTA will have better aerodynamics and handling, the latter intended to increase downforce rather than streamlining by using the brand’s experience in Formula 1 racing, in collaboration with a Sauber Engineering aerokit.

It also involves the skirts, rear spoiler and front splitter. A titanium Akrapovic central exhaust through the carbon-fibre rear diffuser is also new, as are the 20” centre-locking wheel rims – a first for an Alfa sedan.

`2020 ALFA GIULIA, Image: Supplied

High-speed control, Alfa says, has been improved by widening both tracks by 50mm and developing model-specific springs, shock-absorbers and bushes.

The GTAm’s aerodynamic nose has been, Alfa says, radically optimised by adding a larger front splitter and a carbon-fibre rear wing which, the automaker says, ”ensures a perfectly balanced load at high speed”.

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Performance-wise, the 2.9-litre V6 biturbo, standard, all-aluminium, engine is capable of 380kW – or 403kW in the Giulia GTA thanks, Alfa says, ”to meticulous calibration work performed by Alfa Romeo engineers”.

The cars’cabins have 100% Alcantara  on the facia, door panels, glovebox, pillars and seat centres. The cloth is used even more, Alfa says, on the GTAm from which the rear bench has been removed to accommodate a lined dish with mouldings for crash helmets and a fire extinguisher.

`2020 ALFA GIULIA, Image: Supplied

Carbon inserts are said to give the cabins ”a distinct technical and aesthetic elegance” in the GTA while the GTAm contains a rollover protection bar but lacks door panels and rear seats and the doors open with a belt instead of a metal release.

The Giulia has four seats, no rollover bar, and the spoiler and splitter are designed for daily road driving.

”The result,” Alfa says, ”is a veritable supercar for everyday use.”

AND AFTER YOU’VE PAID…

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and its extreme version, Giulia GTAm, will be built in a limited edition of only 500 units in total, all numbered, certified, and ready to take up their place alongside their 1965 forerunner as one of the most sought-after collector’s cars.

They are not only magnificent to look at, but they are also ready to unleash impressive power on the road, usable thanks to a series of sophisticated technical solutions.

`2020 ALFA GIULIA, Image: Supplied

Buyers (bookings are already open, speak to your Alfa dealer) will also receive an experience package that includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars (race suit, gloves and shoes), and a personalized Goodwool car cover.

There will also be a driving course devised by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

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