Mike Brewer chats with us about his top three appreciating modern classics.
One of the best things a manufacturer can do is flick through the pages of Fast Car, see the kind of mods that are going on in the scene and think ‘Yeah, we might have a crack at that ourselves’. That’s basically what’s happened with the crazy Giulia GTAm you see here, and the results are pretty damned awesome.
The GTA initials are something Alfa Romeo first used back in 1965, when they stripped a bunch of weight out of a Giulia Sprint GT. They replaced the steel body with aluminium, reducing the kerb weight by over 20 percent. The ‘A’ on the badge stands for ‘alleggerita’, the Italian word for lightweight. In 2020, this tradition has been reframed into something a bit more mental… Alfa has taken the already deranged Giulia Quadrifoglio as a base (and let’s not forget that this is already a ballistic super saloon, with 503bhp pushing a surprisingly unhefty 1,524kg down the road) and made every element of it a little more extreme. The ensuing Giulia GTA is a bit of an animal: the 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 has been cranked up to 540bhp, and the model sports a titanium Akrapovic centre-exit exhaust, centre-lock 20-inch wheels, a 50mm wider track, and totally revised suspension. But there’s more. The GTAm is a major hardcore evolution, and this is the one that’s been keeping us awake at night. It’s got a full carbon fibre aero package with tech pinched from the Sauber F1 team, featuring a high-rise rear wing, active front splitter, side skirts and diffuser, plus those beefier arch extensions to house the broader footprint. Despite being a four-door, those back doors don’t lead anywhere as the rear bench has been thrown in the bin – all you’ll find back there is some tasteful Alcantara trim and a rollcage, along with a fire extinguisher and helmet nets. Up front you get cool GTAm bucket seats and Sabelt harnesses and the weight saving has been extensive: we’re talking Lexan windows, aluminium doors, and carbon fibre used for everything from the bonnet and the arches to the roof and even the propshaft. The result is around 100kg knocked off the kerb weight and, combined with that extra power, a 0-62mph time of 3.6-seconds. The result looks just like the kind of Giulia we’d all want to build, doesn’t it?