Alfa Romeo made a total of just 500 units of the Giulia GTA and GTAm, and they are already sold out. CarWow got a rare model for a drag race against the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio. See how much of a difference the extra power and weight loss make when they go head-to-head.
The GTA and even more hardcore GTAm still use a twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 like the Giulia Quadrifoglio. However, output rises to 533 horsepower (398 kilowatts), compared to 505 hp (377 kW) in the four-leaf clover model. The engine sound is heavy as the special model is equipped with a titanium Akrapovic exhaust.
GTA stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita, which means Grand Touring Lightened in English. According to official specifications, it weighs 221 pounds (100 kilograms) less than the Quadrifoglio. Although CarWow cites the difference as 309 pounds (140 kilograms).
Alfa claims GTA can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.6 seconds. The official specs say the Quadrifoglio takes 3.8 seconds to reach this speed.
While this video focuses on straight-line performance, GTA should also be a better handling machine than Quadrifoglio. The front and rear tracks are 2.0 inches (50 millimeters) wider. Alfa also revised the springs, shocks, and suspension bushings.
GTAm is a more track-focused model. It doesn’t have a back seat. Also, there are roll bars and a six-point harness. The vehicle is still legal on the streets.
Alfa Romeo does not offer GTA in the United States. It sells most of them in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Australia received 18 samples, and Japan received 88 of them.
This video shows that GTA and Quadrifoglio have finicky launch controls. The system seems to allow excessive wheel spin. The solution is to hold the brake pedal slightly to adjust the traction off the track. From the reels, GTA truly demonstrates the superiority of straight-line performance.
The next-generation Giulia will be fooling combustion engines in favor of being available only as an EV. The timing of the launch of the new model is not yet clear. Alfa intends to become an electric-only brand by 2027.