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
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.