(Words by Tom Lohnes) – Alfa Romeo has done it again. They have produced another beautiful, elegant, performance car that physically embodies Italian Passion in a small package that is an automobile. This time they are reviving an age-old nameplate. This beautiful track monster and it’s even more aggressive brother are called the Giulia GTA and Giulia GTA-M: The quickest Alfa Romeos ever made.
Now, think of what alfa did to the “normal” Giulia QV to make it the GTA as what Subaru did to make the Standard WRX to the STI form: Make everything sharper. The Giulia has been a huge success for Alfa. Every single magazine and publication praised the base-model 2.0 Liter turbo 4-pot Giulia for it’s beautiful design, buttoned-down handling, and snappy transmission, but wanted more power. Then came the Quadrifoglio, or QV for short, with its racy sounding 2.9-liter Twin Turbo V6 producing 505 horsepower through an even quicker 8-speed automatic, all to the rear wheels. After this version came out, everyone loved it. Motor Trend even named it their Car of the Year, which is basically the highest praise any car can get. But what if you want more? Then the GTA is for you.
With 532 horsepower, the most aggressive tune you can get on ZF’s 8-speed automatic, and a screaming Akrapovic cat-back system on the exhaust, as well as a giant wing, the GTA is all-man. But is there more? Alfa’s answer is always yes. The GTA-M strips the GTA’s backseats out in place of a roll bar and adds carbon fiber Aero pieces all around. The goal of the GTA-M is to be the fastest sedan around the ever-brutal Nurburgring Nordschelife, and it definitely has the guts to do so. Price wise? $150,000 with a catch. That catch is we don’t know if this track tool is coming to America. I sure hope it does, but only time can tell.