Alfa Romeo’s new high performance 147 GTA, recently described as "the world’s most powerful production hatchback," will be making its UK public debut at the British International Motorshow in Birmingham, (23 October-3 November), prior to going on sale here next year.
This exciting new Alfa 147 further extends the GTA sports car family. Powered by the same widely acclaimed 250 bhp 3.2 litre 40HC all-aluminium Alfa V6 that powers the 156 GTA and 156 Sportwagon GTA, the high performance newcomer is wider and lower than its 147 stablemates, running on 225/45 tyres and 17" wheels. Sophisticated on-board electronic systems include ASR to limit wheelspin under acceleration, VDC for stability control, MSR to modulate braking torque, and TCS which is active at low speeds.
Elsewhere, there are two further 147 versions on show, accompanied by the new ‘second generation’ 140 bhp 16-valve 1.9 litre JTD multijet engine which is to become available in both 147 and 156, together with four versions of the recently revised Alfa Romeo 156 and 156 Sportwagon range. With new interiors range-wide, a new highly acclaimed 165 bhp 2.0 direct injection petrol engine, (JTS), a more powerful 150 bhp direct injection turbodiesel (2.4 JTD), and two high performance 250 bhp derivatives, (156 GTA and Sportwagon GTA), the new range offers boosted performance, increased safety equipment and more lavish specifications.
Also present on the stand will be an example of the ETCC-winning 156 GTA racer; a 2.0 litre version of Alfa Romeo’s flagship 166 range, and a 3.0 litre version of the Spider sports convertible.Published 4 October 2002