The ultimate representation of the current Alfa Romeo Giulia is the GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita) and it’s more track-oriented variant GTAm (‘m’ standing for modified).
Built as a limited edition run of 500 units, the ultimate performance version of the Alfa Romeo sedan was not offered in North America. Instead, a majority of the units went to Europe, while a few others found their way to Australia (18 units) and Japan (88 units).
Based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the GTA uses components made from carbon fiber and composite materials. Those materials help the GTA to lose 221 lbs. (100 kilograms) over the Quadrifoglio when everything is said and done. They also help increase the GTA’s downforce.
The GTA also gets the same aluminum 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 from the Quadrifoglio. However, a 30-horsepower boost (540 horsepower) was given to the bi-turbo V6 for GTA duty. Alfa Romeo engineers also worked with aftermarket exhaust maker Akrapovič, to give the GTA its own distinctive sound.
Despite the differences between the two cars, Alfa Romeo claims only 0.2-seconds separate them. Alfa claims that the GTA can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a dead stop in just 3.6 seconds, while the Quadrifoglio can do it in 3.8 seconds.
Although it’s long been sold out, the GTA carried a hefty price tag of €175,000 (or about $211,335 USD), or almost double the starting price of the standard Quadrifoglio.
So the guys at CarWow (the U.K. online marketplace for buying and selling new and used cars), ended up getting their hands on a beautiful Montreal Green-colored GTA and pinned it against the Quadrifoglio in a drag race.
You can watch the results in the video above.
If we were about to choose between the two, given the obvious result from the video, we would save our money and go with the Quadrifoglio. While the GTA looks much more aggressive, the aftermarket has shown us that we can purchase a body kit to make the Quadrifoglio look almost identical to the GTA and still leave a huge amount of cash in our pocket.