Alfa Romeo GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerito)Enlarge Photo
Alfa Romeo promises to have an eight-car lineup by the end of 2018 and one of the cars, expected to launch in the next year or two, will be a sporty sedan tipped to be called the Giulia. The new Giulia will serve as the successor to the Alfa Romeo 159, and there may just be a high-performance version wearing the GTA badge.
GTA is short for Gran Turismo Alleggerito and roughly translates to “Grand Touring Lightened” in English. The badge was last used in 2009 on a hotted-up MiTo concept car and, according to Auto Express, will feature once again on a high-performance Giulia designed to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and upcoming Cadillac ATS-V.
Power is said to come from the Ferrari-built 3.0-liter V-6 currently found in the Maserati Ghibli, but with output upped to somewhere between 480 and 520 horsepower. Combined with a dual-clutch transmission, limited-slip differential and some weight-saving mods, the engine should propel the GTA-badged Giulia from 0-60 mph in under 4.0 seconds.
Lesser Giulia models will likely come with four-cylinder engines, including diesel units for overseas markets. Rear-wheel drive is likely to be standard across the range given Alfa Romeo’s decision to head in that direction.
Note, Alfa Romeo had started work on a high-performance version of its 159 sedan that was expected to wear the GTA badge. However, plans for the car were dropped following the global financial crisis.
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