Don't get your hopes up for a hardcore Alfa Romeo Stelvio GTA.
Last month, Alfa Romeo answered our prayers when it unveiled new Giulia GTA, a new high-performance version of the acclaimed Giulia sedan designed to celebrate Alfa Romeo's 110th anniversary this year. Since plans to put the new GTV coupe and 8C electric supercar into production have been scrapped, the new Giulia GTA will serve as the Italian automaker's new flagship performance model.
But does this mean the GTA badge will be applied to other models in Alfa Romeo's lineup? Sadly not. Speaking to Autocar, product marketing boss Fabio Migliavacca confirmed that Alfa Romeo has no plans to expand the GTA lineup, so don't get your hopes up for a hardcore Alfa Romeo Stelvio GTA.
"The GTA is an important name for Alfa Romeo," he said. "Frankly speaking, we had a meeting on a Stelvio GTA but it's just not in line with customer expectations. It has to be the best possible [on track]. On the Stelvio, we have a higher center of gravity [than a Giulia] so it won't achieve the same goals."
Compared to the Quadrifoglio, the Giulia GTA is lighter and is capable of faster lap times according to Migliavacca. Its Ferrari-sourced 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is uprated from 510 horsepower to 540 hp, enabling the high-performance sedan to do 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, while a host of new carbon fiber components reduce the weight by 220 pounds.
Reaction to the Giulia GTA has been "amazing" according to Migliavacca. Production of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and the track-focused GTAm will be limited to 500 examples and the automaker has already received over 500 "expressions of interest" from customers, despite orders not being open yet.
Thanks to its twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 pumping out 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio already boasts impressive performance, but we still would have liked to see Alfa Romeo build a more hardcore version to try and beat the current SUV Nurburgring lap record set by the Audi RS Q8.