The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is Super Sedan Hotness

Alfa Romeo has always been a style-conscious Italian brand. Drawing eyes with unique lines and stunning craft are their bread and butter and they’ve done it again. This time with the Giulia Quadrifoglio GTA and GTAm. As if the Giulia wasn’t already stunning, this thing just got more style and dropped some pounds as a bonus measure.

The What

The most notable change is the massive amount of aero everywhere. Zero-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds doesn’t make a hypercar but that isn’t really the point. This isn’t meant to be your peppy family sedan anymore, this is an all-out track weapon. With a power to weight ratio of 2.82 kg/hp, I’m curious to see how it performs at the Nürburgring since the 2017 Giulia Quadrifolgio did its lap in 7 mins 32 secs setting a sedan record at the time.

In addition to the GTA, the GTAm is an even more savage version that features the massive JDM-esque wing. It also ditches the back seats for a roll cage and adds a 6-point seat belt harness.

The Why

The models were created to celebrate Alfa’s 110th anniversary and serve as an homage to the Giulia GTA from the 1960s. The GTA part of the name stands for Grand Turismo Alleggerita, Alleggreita meaning lightened in Italian and this is exactly that. The model features a carbon fiber driveshaft, hood, roof, front fascia, and fenders leading to a 220-pound weight loss. Under the hood, the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 stays in but is tuned up to reach 540 hp, up 30 from the previous 510.

The voluptuous wider body increases the front and rear track width by two inches. This along with new springs, dampers, and bushings help to improve the cars handling significantly. The new Akrapovič exhaust is harmonious like an Italian opera singer and I can’t wait to hear it in person.

The Verdict

As a whole, I love this thing, like a lot. It really doesn’t have a single bad angle but the front 3/4 makes me drool. The Giulia Quadrifoglio was already an aggressive-looking car and this trim takes it 10 steps beyond that. The pricing hasn’t yet been announced but I have a feeling that it’s gonna cost you a pretty penny for one. However, Alfa is also throwing in a helmet in GTA livery; a racing suit, gloves, and shoes; a personalized car cover; plus tuition at the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy which is pretty cool. And even if you don’t plan on using those things they’re sure to become priceless collector’s items in the future.

As with most celebratory cars, it’s production will be limited. In this case, 500 units split between the GTA and GTAm models. Currently, it’s set to be for the European market but Alfa hasn’t fully ruled out sending a few stateside, so fingers crossed they do. Is this too aggressive for you or just enough?

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11 responses to “The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is Super Sedan Hotness”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    I really like what the flared fenders and wheels do for the stance, but I’m not a fan of the aero parts. I usually think splitters, wings, and rear diffusers hurt the aesthetic, though I do like some rear spoilers, if they’re subtle.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      One black and one body colour wheel arch feels like a mistake to me.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        One is part of the wing (front) and the other is an extension (rear), by the looks of it.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          They’ve done a new front fender, but understandably too hard to do the rear quarter – but pick one!

    2. crank_case Avatar

      I think, historically, they are absolutely fitting for a car badged GTA and as someone who as you know, doesn’t usually embrace OTT stuff, it still manages to look tasteful and not pointlessly agressive.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        I agree that it’s tastefully done, I just personally prefer when it isn’t done. But, I’m admittedly another one of those on here that doesn’t “embrace OTT stuff”, as you say. I like mods that modestly widen the wheels/tires/fenders to give a substantive, muscular appearance, but aero stuff is for the track rats and boy racers. Given the sacrifice of the rear seat for a roll cage and the seat belt harnesses, this is obviously intended for the track, which is fine.

  2. Maymar Avatar

    It’s far too butch and bespoilered to really be pretty. Also, when the old GTAs were really pretty coupes, a boy racer sedan feels like a letdown. At the same time, I’m sure it’ll be brilliant to drive and I’m sure if you can afford to buy it, you can afford the track time to really enjoy it.

  3. bv911 Avatar

    “M” for “Manual”, right, right???


    1. Vairship Avatar

      If your mechanic’s name is Manuel, sure…

  4. crank_case Avatar

    I hope this is a foretaste of things to come and not a last hurrah before a PSA takeover. The current head of PSA seems to be pretty decent though, yes, the 5008, but that’s a necessity in the market. The new 208 seems to be the first car to re-capture some of the charm of the original 205, as in the base car has appeal, not just hot GTI versions.

    He seems to be something of a “car guy” so hopefully we continue to get a RWD platform and not a rebadged 508/Insignia for the next generation.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      I’m skeptical. Tavares’s “car-guy” love may fall on Abarth instead of Alfa. I heard that plans for the Giulia-spinoff coupe and large SUV are dead, and that the plug-in-hybrid versions of the Giulia and Stelvio are also not going to happen. The Giulietta is also not being replaced, I assume because of redundancy within PSA. Can Alfa Romeo hang on with just two models?