Restyled Alfa GTV And Spider In UK - Model Range and Equipment | Part Four

Model Range And Equipment

Standard (Lusso) specification for both GTV and Spider includes the following:

  • Power assisted steering
  • Electric front windows (one-touch driver's side)
  • Electrically operated hood on both Spider models
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors
  • Automatic climate control with pollen filter
  • Remote central locking, immobiliser and alarm
  • Momo leather upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • Front foglights
  • ABS with ASR and EBD
  • Stereo radio with single CD player and subwoofer (GTV x 2)
  • FPS fire prevention system
  • 16" alloy wheels on 2.0 JTS models
  • 17" alloy wheels on 3.2 V6 24v models
Optional equipment includes a 10 disc CD autochanger with integral satellite navigation, electric seat adjustment, an electric sunroof to all GTV models, and a range of bespoke, 17" alloy wheels.

All four models are available in three new colours: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.

Safety

An advanced BOSCH 5.3 ABS system, featuring four channels and active sensors, allied to independent double crossover circuitry and a vacuum brake servo is fitted as standard throughout the Alfa GTV and Spider range.

2.0 JTS models feature 284 mm ventilated front brake discs with 240 mm discs fitted at the rear. The braking performance of 3.2 V6 24v models is further augmented by upgrading the ventilated front discs to a 305 mm diameter.

The ABS system is complemented by an Electronic Brakeforce Distributor (EBD) that governs the braking action on the rear axle to prevent the wheels locking and ensure full control of the car in all situations. The system also adapts its operation to wheel grip conditions and brake pad efficiency to reduce pad overheating.

Furthermore, all new Alfa GTV and Spider models are fitted, as standard, with a sophisticated Anti Slip Regulation system (ASR) to restrict wheel slip in cases of reduced grip. ASR traction control works at any speed, and prevents the driven wheels from slipping by adjusting torque according to available levels of grip.

ASR may be disengaged via a button on the centre console – for instance, when snow chains are fitted – at which time a warning indicator light illuminates on the dashboard.

Suspension

The front and rear suspension systems of the restyled Alfa GTV and Spider maintain the proven layout of the original models, but offer revised settings and new mechanical details.

The front suspension is an independent, MacPherson system with lower wishbones and a new anti-roll bar for versions equipped with the 3.2 V6 24v engine. Pressurised shock absorbers with a segmented intake valve come with new settings in Spider versions, to improve comfort and refinement. Tapered, offset springs facilitate steering accuracy and reduce noise levels transmitted to the body.

The new Alfa GTV and Spider feature a sophisticated, multilink rear suspension system offering impeccable roadholding, even under extreme driving conditions. This suspension has also been revised to incorporate new adjustments and shock absorber settings.

Multilink suspension is a development of conventional double-wishbone geometry. Its most outstanding features are an ability to exploit transverse loads generated whilst cornering, to optimise rear wheel working angles, and to maximise tyre contact area with the ground, even under extreme cornering conditions.

Published 19 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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