2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm ReviewPublished Monday, March 7, 2022
Diehard speed enthusiasts, rejoice: Alfa Romeo's 2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm are here to fulfil your every fantasy! The Italian automaker only produced 500 numbered units between both models, making these super saloons an instant collector's item.
The GTA's near-instant elevation to icon status is unsurprising, especially when you remember that it's the most powerful road car Alfa Romeo has ever manufactured. And in fact, all 500 of them sold out quickly, despite the very high price tag (with only 18 going to Australia). So is it worth the astronomical cost? We're going to find out!
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2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm: At a Glance
Alfa Romeo saves the GTA badge exclusively for the highest performers in its stable, and the Giulia range fits the bill. Although Alfa Romeo based both the GTA and GTAm on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, its true roots lie within the 1965 Giulia GTA, which Autodelta developed based on the highly successful Giulia Sprint GT.
Now, the 2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm are here and ready to take up the reins where the Sprint GT left off, and there's no doubt they're up to the challenge. With its sexy Italian looks and exhilarating performance from an engine borne of Ferrari ingenuity, prepare for the GTA and GTAm to knock your socks off with blistering speed and exceptional handling.
Engine, Power, and Performance
The performance of the 2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm is where these super saloons shine the brightest. To achieve its lightning-fast speed, Alfa Romeo and its Formula 1 partner Sauber Engineering increased the GTA's downforce and aerodynamics while reducing kerb weight. You won't find any front-wheel drive here—instead, the GTA's considerable power goes straight to the rear wheels.
The GTA and GTAm feature the same 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6, with an upgrade to 397 kW of power for 2022 and 600 nm of torque, thanks to its shared stroke and bore dimensions with Ferrari's F154 V8 engine. All that power means the super saloons can go from naught to a full 100 km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds, although you'll see real performance once the brakes and tyres heat up. Alfa paired the V6 with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and it's a real shame there's no manual option.
With their ultra-powerful, all-aluminium engine and incredibly lightweight bodies, the GTA and GTAm produce an unmistakable feeling of joy when you're behind the wheel. However, that may have something to do with their class-leading power output of 187 PS/l.
Feather-Light Body Weight
The GTA and GTAm achieve their fantastic performance due to a considerable reduction in weight, especially compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The GTA weighs 1605 kg, and the GTAm weighs even less at 1580 kg.
Alfa Romeo accomplished the weight reduction with lighter springs and a lot of carbon fibre, aluminium, and Lexan, a polycarbonate plastic popular in racecars. The carbon fibre is a running theme, with the driveshaft, bumpers, wheel arches, door mirrors, front grille, roof, front splitter, and rear diffuser all featuring the lightweight material.
The exterior of both the GTA and GTAm are very similar, with low ground clearance and imposing looks. Auto enthusiasts love the super saloons' sleek, sculpted body lines, which feature proud curves, a wider stance, and a Sauber areokit for enhanced aerodynamics. Both sedans have 20-inch single nut alloy wheels and a Brembo carbon-ceramic brake system.
The crown jewel of the Giulia GTA range is a titanium central Akrapovič exhaust with carbon fibre tips, which produces an unmistakable, throaty roar when you rev the engine. On the GTAm, the carbon fibre front splitter is adjustable and makes the super saloon hug every curve for superb handling. The rear wing (GTAm only) also adapts into four different positions.
GTA: The GTA features a dashboard with a graceful, sweeping curve and full Alcantara accoutrements that add a luxurious touch to the interior cabin of this four-door, five-seat super saloon. The cluster has a speedometer, tachometer, and digital display, with a separate infotainment screen. Though there's not a ton of room in the boot, it's got enough space to handle your luggage for a quick weekend road trip.
GTAm: Alfa Romeo made some serious changes to the GTAm, which stands for "Lightened Grand Touring Modified" or "Gran Turismo Aleggerita Modificata." Although the sedan has four doors (polycarbonate to reduce weight), Alfa removed the rear seats and installed a body-colour rollbar, fire extinguisher, and helmet rack. In addition, the carbon fibre bucket seats feature a six-point Sabelt racing harness, though there's also a standard belt.
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The price points on the rear-wheel drive 2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm are slightly hard to stomach, as its nearly double that of the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio. Including on-road costs, the GTA clocks in at $268,000 and the GTAm at $288,000.
The Final Verdict
The limited edition 2022 Giulia GTA and GTAm super saloons are masterful examples of Italian motorsport engineering and ingenuity. Here is a quick reminder of the Giulia's impressive specs:
● 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine
● 397 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque
● Class-leading power output of 187 PS/l
● Zero to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds
With breathtaking performance and the striking good looks of an iconic supercar, the GTA and GTAm certainly live up to their predecessor, the highly successful GTA Sprint. There's no denying the unrestrained muscle and power of both super saloons, and they're a must-buy if you're in the market for such an intricate and expensive machine. In short, the GTA and GTAm are undoubtedly two of the best high-performance vehicles ever to grace the legendary Alfa Romeo stable.
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