2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm debut as 397kW lightweights

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The rumours were true. Alfa Romeo has torn the covers off two limited-edition flagship variants of its award-winning Giulia sedan, the hi-po GTA and the lightweight GTAm.

Above: Giulia GTAm

The GTA nameplate – last used in 2005 – stands for ‘Gran Turismo Allegarita’ (lightened grand tourer), and first debuted on the iconic Giulia Sprint GTA coupe of 1965. The GTAm suffixes an additional ‘m’, representing ‘Modificata’.

The Allegarita part of the name is key, as the GTA is some 100kg lighter than a ‘standard’ Quadrifoglio, thanks to carbon fibre in the front bumper, rear diffuser and wheel arches – in addition to the existing carbon bonnet, roof, driveshaft, seats and rear spoiler.

Above: Giulia GTAm

Complementing the weight loss is a revised aerodyamics package designed by the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team. The GTA scores an active front splitter and side skirts, reworked front bumper, aggressive rear diffuser, dual central exhaust tips, 20-inch centre-lock wheels and a carbon-fibre lip spoiler.

There’s also a 50mm-wider track front and rear, covered by wider arches (though more prominent down back than up front, with chunky carbon-fibre flares).

If those upgrades aren’t enough, then the track-ready GTAm might be more up your alley. In addition to all of the changes made to the GTA, it replaces its rear seats with a half roll-cage and spaces for helmets, plus a fire extinguisher, six-point Sabelt harnesses, aluminium components in the doors and suspension, and polycarbonate window frames – all culminating in an overall 1520kg kerb weight.

Above: the ‘regular’ Giulia GTA

It adds an even larger front splitter, plus a mammoth rear wing reminiscent of the Honda Civic Type R.

Under the bonnet of both models is the familiar 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 from the the donor Quadrifoglio, now tuned to produce 397kW of power – up 42kW. No torque outputs have been confirmed, though it’s likely to increase over the Q’s 600Nm claim.

Breathing through a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, the combination of the extra power, reduced weight and a launch control system allows the GTA to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.6 seconds.

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Just 500 Giulia GTA and GTAm examples will be built in total, with all rumoured to be left-hand-drive and sold through a “one-to-one sales process”. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

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