Alfa Romeo has had a rough run in the US. Since its return in 2008, it has been met with enthusiasm by the few hardcore Alfa fans. But mostly general enthusiasts have passed on all Alfas including the Giulia sedans. And that is partly due to Alfa’s old bugaboo of reliability-or rather, the lack of. But now the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm super sedans could change that if they were sold in the US.
Alfa just launched the Giulia GTA and GTAm super sedans
This week it finally launched the much-anticipated Giulia GTA and GTAm super sedans. But not in the US-only in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Alfa plans on building only 500 numbered editions of the super sedan.
While performance and looks make it great right out of the gate, the price makes it a non-starter. The GTA is $211,000 while the GTAm is a bit richer at $217,000. You get a lot of sedan with these two models, but not for a price north of $200K.
There are perks that come with GTA and GTAm sedan ownership
There are perks that come with ownership, so let’s run down exactly what you get and then you be the judge on if it is worth it. Buyers of either model get a special Bell helmet, a car cover, and “dedicated services” from Alfa. For GTAm owners, you also receive full Alpinestars racing apparel.
The new GTA is lighter than regular Alfa Quadrifoglio sedans by 220 lbs. Some of that weight reduction is from the use of carbon fiber. New 20-inch center-lock wheels and Michelin Cup 2 tires help in both the looks and performance departments. Suspension mods give it a wider track than non-GTA models.
For those that need it a large rear wing can be adjusted, and an active front spoiler aid in handling. The front spoiler has the capability of being extended up to 40mm. A half-cage comes with the GTAm which also necessitates eliminating the rear seats. There are also moldings inside for holding helmets
The go-fast gear and weight reduction add to the GTA’s increased horsepower
Sabelt six-point seat belts are part of the deal. Side and rear windows are made from polycarbonate which also reduces weight. All of this go-fast gear and weight reduction add to the increased horsepower.
The twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 pumps out 532 hp through an Akrapovic centrally-mounted titanium exhaust system. A new ECU tune is also part of the deal. Redesigned rods and pistons along with improved cooling system air circulation finish off the mods.
The GTA’s 0-62 mph times come in at 3.6 seconds
With the new Launch Control system, 0-62 mph times come in at 3.6 seconds. The performance and added features all sound great-especially if you lust for a fast Italian sedan. But not $200,000 worth of great.
Whether the GTA and GTAm come to the US isn’t really the question. The question should be will Alfa be able to sell the intended 500 it says will be built? If so, then maybe Alfa should do a similar program with all of its models to help spur sales and line the Stellantis coffers.