Restyled Alfa GTV And Spider In UK - Upgraded Levels of Standard Equipment | Part Two

Operating with a lean burn system up to 1500 rpm, offering fuel savings, the JTS system burns a conventional, stoichiometric fuel-air mixture thereafter, guaranteeing performance superior to that offered by conventional, indirect injection engines. JTS versions of both GTV and Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds and post top speeds of 137 mph and 134 mph respectively, whilst returning fuel consumption figures of over 30 mpg in the combined cycle.

The much vaunted 3.2 litre 24 valve unit is the same four overhead camshaft, all-aluminium V6 as that fitted to GTA versions of the Alfa 147, 156 and Sportwagon. Delivering 240 bhp and an impressive 213 lb.ft of torque, this all-aluminium powerplant gives both GTV and Spider a potential 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 6.3 seconds, and the GTV’s top speed of 158 mph makes it the fastest ever production Alfa Romeo.

Revisions to the proven, MacPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension system include a new front stabiliser bar for GTV and Spider versions equipped with the 3.2 24v V6 power plant, and revised shock absorber settings in Spider versions for improved ride comfort and reduced noise levels.

In conjunction with ABS anti-lock brakes, augmented by an Electronic Brakeforce Distributor, and a sophisticated Anti Slip Regulation system now fitted as standard to the 2.0 JTS and 3.2 V6, the 2.0 JTS versions also feature 284 mm ventilated discs at the front, and 240 mm discs at the rear. Powerful, 305 mm ventilated front discs substantially enhance the stopping abilities of 3.2 V6 24v models.

The new Alfa GTV and Spider have been artfully restyled by Pininfarina to incorporate the famous Villa d'Este style Alfa shield already prominent on the latest models in the Alfa Romeo range.

On board, a new fascia, finished in black, complements a revised centre console and red instrument dials for optimum night driving clarity.

Standard equipment levels have been comprehensively upgraded, and now include Automatic Climate Control, a full Momo leather interior, electric windows and door mirrors, a stereo radio with CD player, and alloy wheels across the range. The hood is electrically operated as standard on all Spider Lusso models.

Leather upholstery, now fitted as standard across the GTV and Spider range, is available in Bright Black, Jerez Red or Tango, with leather inserts to door panels echoing the colour of the seat piping.

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Published 19 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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