- Alfa Romeo's latest sports car, the Giulia GTA and GTAm, can now be had in a historic racing livery curated by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo.
- The paint jobs, available to only a few of the 500 customers who have bought a GTA, pay respects to the racing past of the GTA nameplate.
- It's not yet certain whether the GTA and GTAm, hotted-up versions of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, will come to the U.S.
In a blast from the past, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA can be painted in bespoke racing liveries from the marque's racing history. They're the work of Alfa's design department, Centro Stile, for only a select few GTA and GTAm cars, of which only 500 will be made in total.
The chosen liveries relate directly to the GTA nameplate. One of the schemes (above) pays tribute to the yellow-nosed GTA that won the 1971 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). Other color schemes come from the 1965 through 1968 Sprint GTA with its asymmetrical nose and the GTA 1300 Junior. Also available is the ochre-and-white paint job that adorned the 1750 GTAm in which Toine Hezemans won the 1970 ETCC. All the different colored noses were to distinguish different drivers who were driving the same car in a race and this feature was carried over to the bespoke liveries as well.
In addition to the vivid paint schemes, customers who opt for the liveries can also specify a side number and a matching car cover from Goodwool. If one of these colorful paint jobs isn't for you, the GTA or GTAm can also be seen on the Alfa configurator in plain GTA Red, Trophy White, or Montreal Green. Customers can also pick what color they want for their car's roll bar, brake calipers, seatbelts, and stitching.
The one thing that the customer can’t change on their GTA is the fact that it's a track weapon of lethal proportions. It's basically a Giulia Quadrifoglio with more of everything. Power from the turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 gets a bump from 505 to 540 horsepower. There’s more carbon fiber throughout the car, which leads to more weight savings; the GTA weighs 220 pounds less than the standard Quadrifoglio. Also in the "more" category: a plethora of aerodynamic upgrades. If the GTA is too tame for you, bump up to the GTAm, which has no rear seats, swapping in fire extinguisher and helmet mounts instead of passenger space. The GTAm also adds a roll bar, carbon-fiber bucket seats, and a massive rear spoiler.
The GTA is priced starting at the equivalent of just under $195,000 in Europe. Alfa Romeo has not announced its decision on whether to bring the GTA or GTAm to the United States, so the Giulia Quadrifoglio remains the hottest version of the Giulia that can be bought stateside. We had a strained love affair with one for 40,000 miles as part of a long-term test. When it wasn’t breaking our hearts while in the shop for repair, it wouldn't fail to put a smile on our faces.