By on March 3, 2020

Alfa Romeo has spiced up the already sexy Giulia Quadrifoglio with a limited-run GTA variant. The title is shorthand for “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” and indicates its status as a lightweight, high-performance grand tourer. According to the manufacturer, weight savings from swapping various body panels, interior components, and the driveshaft to carbon fiber has cut 220 pounds from the model’s curb weight.

Meanwhile, factory tuning has nudged the 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6’s peak output up to 540 horsepower, resulting in a leaner, meaner Alfa with a claimed 0-60 run of just 3.6 seconds.

It also looks the part, adopting extremely aggressive bodywork and racing harnesses while ditching the rear seats (further assisting with the weight issue) to make room for a roll bar on the more-bananas GTAm version. There’s even an out-of-place-looking spoiler that, while severely undermining the standard Giulia’s classinessm, is reportedly functional and works in tandem with other aerodynamic enhancements from Sauber Engineering. Nothing on the GTA is subtle, though it all works together to create a truly menacing performance vehicle ready to take on the meanest, modestly sized sport sedans Germany can offer.

Regarding the suspension, Alfa says it widened the front and rear wheel tracks by 50mm and developed new set of springs, shock absorbers, and bushings for the suspension systems. GTA models also receive 20-inch center-locking wheels and a titanium Akrapovič central exhaust system integrated into the rear diffuser.

However, in order to get the rear seat delete with the roll bar and harness setup, Alfa says you have to select the hardcore GTAm. Clearly intended for racing, the variant has Lexan windows occupying all corners but the front, aerodynamics optimized to create additional downforce, as much Alcantara as the manufacturer could fit inside the cabin, and a fire extinguisher.

Doubling down on the racing angle, Alfa Romeo has decided to sell both models with a complementary Alpinestars race suit (including shoes and gloves), signature Bell helmet and a personalized car cover for when you’re towing it to the track. You don’t have to put it on a trailer, though. While we imagine the GTAm’s NVH is probably abysmal compared to the standard Giulia and GTA, it’s entirely street legal.

According to Alfa Romeo, production of the GTA/GTAm variants will be limited to just 500 units — all individually numbered to promote collectivity. Bookings are open now and will last until Alfa has sold out, which we don’t expect to take particularly long.

The sales process will be one-to-one, with a brand ambassador/product specialist assisting each customer from order to delivery and an experience package that includes the racing suit and helmet. Owners will also be issued a specific driving course devised by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy to further enhance their motoring pleasure and skill.

Don’t expect it to come cheap. GTA variants will undoubtedly exceed the Quadrifoglio’s $72,245 MSRP by a wide margin, with the GTAm being dearer still. Fortunately, the $38,545 base Giulia hasn’t gone anywhere and is an optimal choice for those seeking the Alfa experience on a budget. Just be ready to settle for 280 horsepower and far less performance-related bling.

[Images: Alfa Romeo]

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25 Comments on “Giulia GTA: Alfa Romeo’s 540 Horsepower Super Sedan...”

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    No stick, no Alfa. Top speed and acceleration mean nothing if the car disconnects me from the driving.

    • 0 avatar
      White Shadow

      Unfortunately, we’re going to see fewer and fewer cars with manual transmissions. I have one of the last Audi cars in manual before they killed them off entirely. I’ll have to keep it long term I suppose…

      • 0 avatar

        Which one do you have?

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        Once upon a time I had an Audi Coupe with the 5 speed, and later an S4 with the 6 speed. Both lovely cars with lovely gearboxes. Then Audi adopted an aggressive styling and fostered a brand image that attracted Bangle-era BMW fanboys. Of which I was not one, not at all, so I’ve not been back to Audi for almost two decades.

        I had to search around to find a new VW with a stick a couple of years ago, got one, and don’t plan to get rid of it anytime soon. I believe you are correct.

      • 0 avatar

        I have BMW E60 M5 with the 6-speed; I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. The missus on a random otherwise sunny day may carry through on long-issued threats and torch it though. One can never be sure.

  • avatar

    I was almost ready to laugh this off, but someone runs a Giulia with the group I have track days with. So they have at least one customer.

    I didn’t see anything about upgraded brakes or cooling. Those are required mods for any track day toy.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Worth every penny.

  • avatar

    Aside from the obvious QC and reliability issues this car has somewhat grown on me, but the wide gap between the 4 and 6 cylinder is insane, they treat the 6 cylinder like it’s a V16.

  • avatar

    Still fugly.

  • avatar

    Nah, V6 Accord Coupe is faster and more reliable as well as Camry V6.

  • avatar

    Thanks to Alfa or TTAC for not including the price. I think this is one where if you have to ask, you can’t afford it, and really have no business even thinking about it. I’ll just continue to dream about a hopeful Corolla GR hatch.

  • avatar

    I’ve been window car shopping and have been looking at the 4-cyl Giulia. Haven’t driven one yet.

    Yeah it’s a A4/330i/C300 competitor plus add in Italian engineering… but there is something about the looks of the car that really draws me in. One of those “should I or shouldn’t I?” decisions.

    • 0 avatar

      I had a 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero for a while, and the Giulia strikes me as being its Italian analog in every way. I absolutely loved driving that car. Owning it, not quite as much.

      If I had the money and there was an Alfa dealer within two hours of me, I’d be strongly, *strongly* tempted, though.

    • 0 avatar

      I had a Ti Sport Q4 in Rosso tri-coat for a year as a company car. It was fantastic. I had no issues with mine. It’s not as luxurious as a C-Class but it really is a driver’s car.

      • 0 avatar

        Good to hear the feedback, danio. I once owned a very base 2004 BMW 325i with a manual and it felt like the vehicle was wired to my nervous system. That’s the kind of driver’s car I want again, not overly concerned about luxury.

        • 0 avatar

          The Giulia definitely targets the BMW more than any other competitor. I can’t think of a more responsive driver’s car for the price.

          The only part I didn’t like was the wonky infotainment controls and the mono-stable shifter with the park button on top. You get used to those things but it doesn’t mean you ever really like them.

          I liked the rest of the car so much I strongly considered (and am still considering) buying it after my term was up with it.

  • avatar

    The look of the front reminds me of Liz Warren’s angry face.

  • avatar

    This car is utterly ridiculous in every sense of the word, right down to having four doors and no rear seat.

    And yet I would buy one of these in a second if I had the money.

    The Sauber collaboration is a nice touch.

    To those complaining about the lack of a manual, there are flappy paddles. Good enough for F1 and Indy, good enough for you.

  • avatar

    Are Land Rovers upscale enough? The new Discovery looks broken from any angle. Lopsided and ungainly. The LR3 and LR4 are, IMO, good looking SUVs. I don’t know how that new Disco design ever saw light of day.

  • avatar

    For the guy who wants a Civic Type R, but has much more money to spend. Does it come with flickering tail lights as a standard feature?

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