Fast, strong and light, it is essentially a race car approved for the road.
THIS car is a timely reminder of why I wanted to do this job in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, I have the best job in the world.
But cars are getting boring these days: an SUV, a hybrid, or an EV robot, and a lot of them are the same car in a different dress as global companies team up to save money.
Fortunately, Alfa didn’t get the memo as it just released the limited edition Giulia GTA and GTAm.
Ah, my days. Lighter, louder and faster than the already brilliant Giulia Quadrifoglio and as fit as a butcher.
The GTAm – the one we tested here – is essentially a road-approved racing car.
Large rear spoiler, single nut wheel like F1 cars, wider track, Sauber aero settings, polycarbonate rear windows, all carbon fiber and a roll cage with fire extinguisher in place of the rear seats.
Race car with license plates.
After a quick game, I went home and opened my front door. Instead of going straight in, I stopped to take a look.
I can’t remember the last time it happened.
The word “head turner” is overused these days, but this one really is.
And here’s another thing that I haven’t done in a while. I got up at 5 a.m. while the rest of the family were still asleep to go out on the open roads.
It was worth it – and it gets me right to the heart of this car.
Quadrifoglio, a Ferrari two-cylinder coupé engine, is a less standard version.
GTAm is powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, but it has been upgraded to 540 hp with 30 more horsepower.
All that power goes to the rear wheels, so don’t be surprised if you spin the wheels in third.
You are fast and entertaining. Very.
He is very responsive and almost telepathic. You can feel its lightness and stiffness when you rush it.
Saying all of this, you would expect GTAm to be impossible to live with from day to day.
But it’s not. It soaks up all of our bumps and holes no matter what their name, whether it’s a B-road or an urban road. It was a wonderful surprise.
However, I have some hesitation.
The seat belt alarm. It’s boring, as we all know. I buckled up with the racing harnesses but because the normal seat belt was not connected, the “Bong, bong, bong!” would not stop. So I ended up wearing both.
Then there is the price. The GTAm costs £ 153,000 and the GTA – smaller rear spoiler, rear seats, no roll cage – costs £ 149,000.
A Quadrifoglio can be purchased for half the price. Alfa will still be able to sell 500 cars, and it is to be congratulated for giving us one more dance with a pure combustion engine.
The GTAm is my ideal halo car.
Ninety-nine point nine percent of people who want one will never come near it, but it will draw them to the Alfa badge.
I will end with a true story. My brother’s wife had a bond ready for a Jaguar F-Pace. But after ten minutes in the GTAm, there is now a Stelvio sitting on their disc.
It’s the power of cars like this.
I don’t see us saying that in ten years.
HIGHLIGHTS: ALFA ROMEO GIULIA GTAm
Price: £ 153,480
Motor: 2.9-liter turbo V6
To be able to: 540hp, 600Nm
0-62 mph: 3.8 seconds
0-124 mph: 11.9 s
Top speed: 186 mph
Economy: 26 mpg
VSO2: 244g / km