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Alfa Romeo Giulia ‘GTA’ in the works, BMW M3 rival

August 14, 2014

Alfa Romeo is reportedly plotting a high-performance ‘GTA’ variant of the yet-to-be-introduced Giulia. It’s set to feature a powerful engine and a rear-wheel drive layout, ready to take on the likes of the BMW M3.

Alfa Romeo QV

It’s been known for some time that Alfa is planning to introduce an all-new mid-size sedan to replace the 156, probably called the Giulia.

According to a recent Auto Express report, development of a hot GTA version is apparently being fast-tracked so it debuts alongside with the regular variants. Power is expected to come from a Maserati-derived 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing around 360kW.

From there, the GTA – name not confirmed – is likely to come with a dual-clutch auto transmission feeding power into a limited-slip-diff-equipped heavy-duty rear-wheel drive system. Using this layout, 0-100km/h times could come up in under 4.0 seconds – keeping in mind the current M3 manages the sprint in 4.1 seconds.

In related news, a powerful turbo-diesel version is also believed to be on its way, sporting a variation of Maserati’s V6 turbo-diesel. In the Ghibli the diesel unit produces 202kW and 600Nm. If these figures are retained for the Giulia it will become the most powerful production mid-size diesel sedan on the market.

At the moment Alfa Romeo offers only a few dedicated performance models, including the MiTo and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde (QV), and the 4C which arrives in Australia soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.