New Totem GT Super Trades Electric Power For GTA-Derived V6

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It blends retro Alfa Romeo style with venomous performance.

Totem Automobili is currently an unknown entity, but it won't be long before it achieves Singer levels of fame.

Late last year, it introduced the Giulia GT Concept, which was as near to pornographic as a car has ever been. This GT Concept was essentially a reimagined 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA that only retained 10% of the original chassis. Instead of the original engine, it was powered by a Chevrolet EV crate motor producing 518 horsepower and 722 lb-ft of torque. There was only one way this magnificent creation could be improved. While we like the old-school style blended with glorious 60s design, an internal combustion engine would have been better.

It turns out we only had to wait a year because Totem just introduced the GT Super. Unlike the Giulia GT Concept, this is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 borrowed from the modern Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA. This engine is a modern turbocharged Ferrari V8 with two cylinders lobbed off.

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Totem can customize the engine to provide up to 620 hp, but that option should only be considered by the extremely brave. The EV version of this car weighed less than 2,800 lbs, which means this model sans batteries should be closer to 2,000 lbs.

It appears as if Totem struggled to get the EV model off the ground. Totem mentions it specifically, stating that there isn't currently an engine for it. We're not sure what happened to the original EV setup mentioned above, but Totem says it will be finished and ready to order by the end of the year. You'll have to wait another year to get one of these gas-powered models. All of the mechanical components Totem designed for the EV are used in the GT Super, albeit tweaked slightly due to the weight difference.

On the inside, there's the same insane attention to detail. Customers will be able to order everything they want. This particular unit has carbon fiber seats finished in tan leather. The rest is machined aluminum, raw carbon fiber, and a surprising amount of modern features. Somehow, Totem managed to include manual air conditioning, a vintage-looking but modern infotainment system, and keyless ignition.

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Exterior-wise, like the inside, you can have whatever you want. This unit is finished in a beautiful dark green that contrasts with the gloss bronze wheels. Look closer, and you'll see the 3D-effect Alfa Romeo logos on the wheels and the flush door handles.

How much would a car like this go for? Well, Emilia Auto did something similar earlier this year, also painstakingly recreating an Alfa GT with the modern V6. The engine in that car only produced 505 hp, and while it was undoubtedly a thing of beauty, it doesn't appear to have the same manic attention to detail as the Totem car.

If we had to guess, you likely wouldn't get much change from a million.

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