Its heritage runs deep
Those three letters (G, T and A) come with some serious cachet. The first use of the Gran Turismo Alleggerita appellation – Italian for ‘grand tourer lightened’ – came in 1965, when kleptomaniac engineers managed to pilfer a full 210kg out of the Giulia GT, which, at 950kg, wasn’t exactly a porker to begin with. Think about that for a second. That’s binning two kilos out of every 10 – a weight loss regime normally only achieved with plates of water for dinner and an uncomfortably tight gastric band.
How’s the new car done? Well, it’s shed some timber thanks to copious amounts of carbon fibre (the driveshaft, bonnet, roof, front bumper, front wheelarches and rear wheelarch inserts, and sports seats are made of the stuff), while the GTAm also ditches the back seats, replaces its front windscreen with a thinner one, bins the rear screen for a Lexan polycarbonate one, adds a roll cage, Sabelt race harnesses, and swaps out doorhandles for fabric door pulls to hit the scales at 1,520kg. Which is only 4kg lighter than a UK-spec launch edition Giulia Quadrifoglio by our calculations. Alfa has employed some Italian maths though, and claims the standard car was actually homologated at 1,620kg, making the GTAm a full 100kg lighter. Anyone got a very large pair of scales? At least the new one stays truer to its forefather than the last GTA to be haphazardly wheeled out: the woeful Mito GTA.