At the end of the day, the GTA/GTAm is the only Alfa Giulia that makes sense

But I don't necessarily mean that as a compliment

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Several hundred thousands years ago, I was an aspiring motoring journalists and I was emailing just about any car magazine/newspaper I knew to get published. The best-selling car magazine in Italy had just launched its new website at the time and they decided to run a competition to mark the occasion, inviting readers to share a review of their own cars. The editorial team would then pick 12 winners to be featured on the website as well as in the paper magazine. The prize was a day at the track, with the editor in chef and two fast cars, to learn the tricks of the trade. I wrote a review on the Lotus Elise R, and won, and was invited to Balocco, the racetrack you see here in the pictures, to drive the Alfa Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde and the BMW 1 M Coupe.

Balocco is a racetrack, or a 'proving ground' as they sometimes call it, in Northern Italy. Alfa Romeo built the track in 1962 and designed it to mimic some of the best bits from the world's most famous tracks. The main straight takes its inspiration from Monza, and there are two other corners that resemble the famous Monza's 'Lesmo' corners. There's a hairpin that's a replica of the Hugenholtzbocht from the Zandvoor circuit in the Netherlands. Balocco Proving Ground currently covers 2.3 square miles and comprises 26 tracks and Alfa still uses to test some of its vehicles, including the Giulia GTA and GTAm you see here.

Alfa Romeo used this track to develop the original 1965 Giulia GTA and 56 years later, they're back at it with the phenomenally exciting GTA. Powered by Alfa's 2.9-litre V6, the GTA puts out 540 hp and does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. Even Jeremy would call this "quick".

It's fitted with 20-inch wheels and a new Akrapovič exhaust system made from titanium. Only 500 units will be built (for the EMEA market). Alternatively, if you like going faster and being comfortable, you can always pick the track-focused GTAm, fitted with only two seats, racing harnesses, and side and rear windows made from Lexan.

I don't like the Giulia - as I've said many times here on DT - because while I do appreciate its emotional and technical abilities, it never made commercial sense and it flopped, and that, in the current market, is something car makers simply can't afford. And in my view, that's basically the reason why the GTA and the GTAm are the only versions of this car that make sense.

GTA Trofeo White

GTAm Montreal Green

GTAm Etna Red

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Comments (28)

  • Alfa’s issue is one of reputation, every post i read ithat’s Alfa related you can guarantee will lead to comments about how unreliable they are etc etc, until they can shake that off they’re never going to be successful.

    I bought my first Alfa 6yrs ago, had a few warranty claims, the worst being air con failure, all were down to quality control issues when built. Since then nothing, it’s fast becoming one of the most reliable cars I’ve owned. I very nearly didn’t buy the car on the advice of friends and ‘experts’ glad i went against the grain and bought with my heart not my head 👍🏻

      29 days ago
    • No one wants to hear this but Alfa needs to start building reliable and practical cars that people actually buy. And yes, some people are going to call those cars 'boring'. And they need to keep doing that for as long as they have to until they...

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        29 days ago
    • Many owners echo your comments-- the general consensus is that the Q/V and it's 505 HP is a problem, but the base car owners seem to report pretty good reliability.

        28 days ago
  • Nah, that price puts it way out of contention for making "sense". It's a special car but no more than £100k in my eyes. Get a standard Giulia QV. That in itself is certainly a future classic anyway, and it's not exactly a slouch either...

      1 month ago
    • but that's the point. If you're making a Richard Mille watch, for example, price doesn't matter because you know that your average customer won't care. If you're making a Seiko or a Citizen, price matters, because people will care. The...

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        1 month ago
    • Oh ok, I get that now.

        28 days ago
  • That 4-door, 2-seater variant is utterly insane and brilliant. Buy one when you can.

      27 days ago
  • Mostly you are right, but at the same time wrong. Why ? …. Well, Alfa is a special brand, and can’t be mainstream, therefore the sales cant be either. The Giulia QV ( normal one ) is the prettiest of them all, and one of the fastest as well. Which other car brand now, makes or made actually, a 2017-2018 modern sedan with a Ferrari V6 , RWD, and a MANUAL.. gearbox. …..

      1 month ago
    • but that's the problem. In the current market, with the exception of brands that only build 2 or 300,000-dollar cars, no brand can afford to *not* be mainstream. Otherwise they'll very quickly end up in the museum and die altogether

        1 month ago
    • well yes, but why do you think alfa wants to sell numbers like a golf gti... can't happen, that's why they will ask a high starting price, let it sink a bit, and then rise again.... like the alfa 4c now... it's again going up for 60k+ euro.... on...

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        1 month ago
  • At the end of the day, the GTA/GTAm is the only Alfa Giulia that makes sense @tribe

      1 month ago
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