Having been poised as Italy’s answer to the AMGs and M’s of Germany, Alfa Romeo’s Guilia Quadrifoglio has been a welcome addition to the world of high-performance saloons. As is parlance with these models however, throughout its production life there will most likely be a hopped-up, modified special edition that will further amplify its performance capabilities.
To do this with the Giulia, Alfa Romeo have revived a long-time moniker to match its newfound performance: The GTA.
Standing for ‘Gran Turismo Alleggerita’ or 'Grand Touring Lightened’ in English, the long-standing trim level hints at what Alfa Romeo have done to the Giulia to earn its new badge. Thanks to the removal of the back seats, a bunch of carbon fiber, and a host of racing equipment all around, the Giulia GTA is now roughly 100 kg lighter than the current Quadrifoglio. Meanwhile the 2.9-liter V6 turbo now cranks out 530 PS from the original 505 PS in the stock version. Numbers aside, between the original Giulia and the GTA version there has been quite a lot of changes in other departments too.
The exterior is a rather huge talking point for this car – and rightfully so since this car is Italian after all. Both fenders front and rear have been widened by 50mm to accommodate larger 20-inch cloverleaf wheels. The front fascia features an active spoiler sourced from Alfa Romeo’s relationship with the Sauber F1 team, and the rear section has a small ducktail wing flanked by an aggressive rear diffuser wrapped around a center-exit exhaust system. All these exterior pieces are made in carbon fiber along with the hood and the roof.
Underneath the fenders, uprated shocks, springs, and suspension are all optimized to make use of the extra grip the wider tires can offer. The exhaust system is taken care of courtesy of Akrapovic, meaning the titanium system is as light as it is free-flowing. The interior of the GTA is flanked with heaps of alcantara for most of the surfaces. Along with that, the rear section trades seats for a roll bar and harnesses for the full high-performance motorsports experience.
Should the GTA not be enough though, Alfa Romeo can turn it up to eleven with the GTAm version. A massive front splitter, as well as a carbon fiber rear wing, distinguishes this model as the one on top of the food chain. In addition, the interior gets full carbon fiber seats as well as more alcantara to cover up the scaffolding at the back. Windows will also be lighter as it will have lexan pieces instead of conventional glass.
From what we know so far only 500 units of both the GTA and GTAm will be made. All transactions will be coursed through an Alfa Romeo ambassador who will supervise your vehicle’s creation up until delivery. Delivered vehicles will also come with a Bell helmet sporting the GTA’s livery, an Alpinestars Racing Suit, and lessons at the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy. So far these details apply for European clientele, but there has been word that the GTA and GTAm may see some overseas sales as well.