The new Alfa GT, a true Gran Turismo sports coupe in the classic Alfa Romeo tradition, has just gone on sale in the UK, offering full four seater accommodation, with substantial luggage space.
Designed by Bertone, in collaboration with Alfa Romeo Centro Stile at Arese, in Milan, the new Alfa GT combines renowned engineering prowess and a comprehensive range of safety systems with elegant, sports coupe coachwork, evoking Alfa Romeo’s peerless heritage of benchmark GT cars, from the 1900 SS to the Giulietta Sprint and Giulia Sprint GT created by Bertone in 1963.
Four versions of the new Alfa GT, priced from £20,995 to £26,695 on-the-road and featuring three widely acclaimed state-of-the-art petrol and diesel powerplants, will become available from launch – a 1.9 JTD 16v M-Jet, 2.0 JTS and 2.0 JTS Selespeed, and a flagship 3.2 litre V6 – with a 1.8 Twin Spark version completing the range later this year.
Extending the company’s on-going pre-eminence in the field of diesel technology, Alfa Romeo’s revolutionary 1.9 JTD 16v MultiJet turbodiesel unit now combines an uprated power delivery of 150 bhp with a remarkable 225 lb.ft (305 Nm) of torque – a figure even greater than that generated by the Alfa GT’s inspirational 240 bhp 3.2 litre petrol V6.
The Alfa GT’s 2.0 JTS unit is one of the world’s most powerful direct injection petrol engines in production, boasting over 82 bhp per litre and torque above 74 lb.ft per litre. This outstanding unit takes its name – Jet Thrust Stoichiometric – from its specific combustion system.
At the top of the range, a quadruple overhead camshaft, all-aluminium 3.2 litre 24-valve V6 is the same remarkable engine as that fitted to the Alfa GTV, Spider and 166 models. This superlative powerplant’s breadth of torque allows the new Alfa GT to cruise effortlessly in sixth gear at just 2000 rpm, yet return performance figures of 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 150 mph.