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Alfa Romeo Giulietta ‘GTA’ on the way? – report

October 27, 2013

Remember when Alfa Romeo used to bring out high performance ‘GTA’ versions of its cars? It seems the badge may soon make a return in the form of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTA. Such a model would replace the current performance QV edition.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

According to a recent Auto Express report in the UK, a GTA version of the recently facelifted Giulietta may appear in the near future using a tweaked iteration of the company’s new 1.75-litre turbo four-cylinder from the 4C sports car.

In the 4C, the direct injected engine produces 177kW. Considering the current Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) Giulietta produces 173kW/340Nm, it’s believed the 4C engine could be tweaked somewhat for even more power.

Speaking with Auto Express, Alberto Cavaggionim, European head of product marketing, revealed engineers were testing a powerful prototype Giulietta on the test track up against vehicles like the Audi S3 and Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG. Both of these vehicles produce well over 200kW.

Without an all-wheel drive system, acceleration from 0-100km/h would be limited to around the high 5.0-seconds mark. However, handling and braking performance could be enhanced to ‘GTA’ levels – much higher compared with what is offered in the QV.

It is only early days yet. More details are likely to be uncovered in the near future.

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.