Front End

Mike Brewer chats with us about his top three ap­pre­ci­at­ing mod­ern clas­sics.

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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?

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