The Giulia GTA was made to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary. GTA stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita (the Italian word for lightened). The name was first used on the Giulia in 1965, where it saw immense motorsport success throughout Europe. Now the storied name is back. The Giulia GTA gets carbon fiber upgrades inside and out to save weight. There’s a carbon fiber roof, hood, front bumper, wheel arches, diffuser, driveshaft, and interior trim. Other lightweighting upgrades include Lexan for the rear door windows and rear windscreen, and lightweight aluminum used in the engine, doors and suspension components. Weight is a claimed 3350 pounds—a weight-savings of 220 pounds compared to the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Go for the even more extreme GTAm, and the rear seats are deleted and replaced with mounts for helmets and a fire extinguisher. The package also adds a roll bar, carbon fiber bucket seats, six-point harnesses, door pulls in place of handles, a carbon splitter, and a massive carbon wing (shown in the gallery above).
The GTA and GTAm get the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 from the normal Giulia, tuned to 540 horsepower (up from 510). Standard launch control allows the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
Alfa Romeo is building just 500 units of the GTA and GTAm globally. In addition to the car, buyers will also receive a Bell helmet, a racing suit, gloves, shoes, a car cover, and a specific Alfa Romeo Driving Academy course along with their purchase. Alfa says most of the cars will be sold in Europe, it’s “evaluating opportunities to introduce the GTA in other key markets around the world, including the U.S.” Hopefully it’ll make it to our shores.
By: Brian Silvestro, March 2, 2020