Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA May Not Be Coming To The US

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And the 8C revival is also questionable.

During a recent video call with Alfa Romeo to discuss new model year updates to the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV, CarBuzz had an opportunity to ask questions about the changes and get a hint of future products. The Giulia and Stelvio have each been improved for the 2020 model year based on "key areas that were identified internally, by journalists, and by customers," said Steven Richards, Alfa Romeo Brand Manager. Some of these improvements include a new touchscreen infotainment system, nicer interior materials, and updated safety technology with Level 2 autonomous features.

But one improvement you will not find, at least in the 2020 model year, is the addition of hardcore GTA and GTAm models for the United States. GTA stands for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita ('lightened' in Italian)" and will be used to signify Alfa Romeo's lightest and most track-ready models.

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The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm were revealed earlier this year sporting a power increase to 540 horsepower, weight decrease by 220 pounds, and extreme aerodynamic upgrades. The GTA is priced around $193,000 (based on exchange rates) while the GTAm costs around $200,000, but Alfa Romeo still has no concrete plans to bring them to the US.

When asked if the GTA and GTAm would arrive as 2021 model year vehicles, Richards confirmed that "those are Europe-only at the present time. In terms of the model year, Europe doesn't follow the same cadence as us, so it is unclear what they could be."

Alfa Romeo then asked us if it should bring the GTA and GTAm to the US market. Of course, we answered with a resounding "yes." Only 500 examples of the GTA and GTAm are planned, so we doubt that many would be brought to the US. If you crave Alfa's most hardcore model here in the US, we suggest writing the company a very compelling email.

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As for other future models, Alfa Romeo is still remaining tight-lipped. "We've announced that the Tonale will be the first plug-in hybrid Alfa Romeo ever and it will be a global product but other than that, we don't have anything to share," said Richards. Alfa Romeo was also rumored to be working on a new mid-engined sports car, which would revive the 8C name. The project has reportedly been scrapped due to poor sales performance from the brand. "We have nothing to announce here but you can expect beautiful cars from Alfa," Richards remarked.

While Alfa initially planned a massive product onslaught, many of the planned products have been placed on hold or delayed, with the brand now focusing on several new SUVs with which it aims to capture a substantial market share.

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